Category Archives: Culture-Economics-Society

George Mason on Democracy

“It would be as unnatural to refer the choice of a proper character for chief magistrate to the people, as it would, to refer a trial of colours to a blind man.” Quoted in F.H. Buckley, The Once and Future … Continue reading

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Why Should We Restrict Immigration?

“Consider the following thought experiment: Moved by the plight of desperate earthquake victims, you volunteer to work as a relief worker in Haiti. After two weeks, you’re ready to go home. Unfortunately, when you arrive at the airport, customs officials … Continue reading

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Unorganized Reactions to Brexit

“Brexit” is just a terrible word.

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The Myth of “The Will of the Majority”

When democracies must choose only one option of three or more, they can be radically indeterminate. Setting the agenda is tantamount to choosing the outcome–tyranny with the veneer of democracy. Continue reading

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England, America, Israel, and…Judah

Why did the survivors of the Kingdom of Judah (golah, she’erit, Diaspora, returnees) in the sixth century CE adopt/appropriate/retain the identity “Israel,” even though the two polities had not been united under the same monarch since the tenth century? Continue reading

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Ding an Sich

“Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention … and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” Continue reading

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If You Want to Enjoy the Game Tonight…

…Then don’t read this blog post. Continue reading

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Best of 2015

Happy New Year! You’ve been waiting with bated breath: here are the nominees for the best posts of 2015. Choose Your Heresies Carefully For All the Nations I Love Ruining Bible Verses Microcredit, “Borrowing-to-Save,” and Social Norms Thoughts on Canon … Continue reading

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Best of 2014

It’s about 11 months later than I had thought it would be, but here are my nominations for the Top Eleven posts of 2014… Continue reading

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Dear Undergraduate Student (III)

“Over the course of a college career, you will sometimes get a better grade than you probably deserve for this or that assignment, and sometimes you will get a worse grade than you deserve.” Continue reading

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