If freedom isn’t free, how come I can’t sell it?

I don’t know about you, but I would sell it and use the money to get something more practical. Why would anyone want to sell their freedom? That sounds awful! But when you think about it, “freedom” isn’t much of anything at all. I’m just saying. Maybe we could all be a little less clingy aboutContinue reading “If freedom isn’t free, how come I can’t sell it?”

All Right, Gun People – I Was Wrong, Sorta

It’s never really been a huge secret that I’m not a big fan of guns. I’ll be the first to admit that a lot of my antipathy is personal and cultural. Though there’s unquestionably a data-driven aspect to my feelings on this issue, it’s impossible to deny that being raised in a family in aContinue reading “All Right, Gun People – I Was Wrong, Sorta”

But they keep on Dancing

“Keep on dancing until the daylight, Breathe the morning air in song. No one’s noticed but the band’s all packed and gone; Was it ever here at all? But they keep on dancin’…” –John Perry Barlow Salaam! Peace be upon you. I hope that your Days of Midsummer were glorious, eventful, joyful, and filled withContinue reading “But they keep on Dancing”

Standing Sun, Standing Man

Given that it’s Midsummer’s Afternoon, I am not going to take up very much of your time with talk. This isn’t the time for talk – or for reading and writing, really. This is the time to stand beneath the standing sun, feel the fire, and prepare yourself to carry that fire onward into theContinue reading “Standing Sun, Standing Man”

Stoning Amos

“The one who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the LORD is his name, who makes destruction flash out against the strong, so that destructionContinue reading “Stoning Amos”

XVI. The Dancing Politician

So now that we’ve gone through fifteen of these and might be starting to think we’ve gotten a feel for what these hexagrams are like and what they’re all about, the ancient I Ching proves itself to possess an advanced sense of humor with the sixteenth. In it, we encounter something of a different characterContinue reading “XVI. The Dancing Politician”

What Does It Mean to Win? (Gear Up Mondays)

“Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” –Sun Tzu, The Art of War It is often difficult for me to avoid considering strategy to be a choice between two competing philosophies: pacifism and militarism. To fight or not to fight.Continue reading “What Does It Mean to Win? (Gear Up Mondays)”

“Americans will always do the right thing… after they have exhausted all the alternatives.”

The public discourse that we’ve seen since Friday’s massacre in Newtown, CT has been truly disturbing on so many levels. This will likely get lost in the static of the wall-to-wall, 24-hour coverage on cable news and online. Oh well. I think it’s long overdue. First let’s get one thing straight: as far as I’mContinue reading ““Americans will always do the right thing… after they have exhausted all the alternatives.””

Live Free or Die

This post represents the conclusion of a two-part series on slavery and freedom. Part one can be found here. There are those among us who bear no traces of captivity or bondage, no scars from being fractured from one another and within themselves. Accordingly, those to whom this applies rarely, if ever, recognize the existenceContinue reading “Live Free or Die”

Friday Fiction: The Daily Agenda

TRAVIS ANGLETON REALLY HATED RICE. He had never been a fan of actually eating it, even as a very small child, and ten years of working in the rice business had turned a mild distaste into a visceral loathing. “I really hate rice,” he said. “You know how much I hate rice.” “I know youContinue reading “Friday Fiction: The Daily Agenda”