Archive for February 2013

Kids Playing in the Streets

Here’s an intriguing example of how a community is attempting to create space for children to play. Opening the streets to children means closing them to cars, and that’s why these events are precisely that – special events, rather th...

The Wonder of Liberal Education

Having had a day off last week in honor of the past presidents, I am loathe to disagree with former presidents (in this case, of the American Historical Association). But a post on the value of liberal education (via John Fea), based on the...

Double-O-bama: Licensed to Kill

Conor Friedersdorf suggests an interesting thought experiment: Imagine that President Obama is visited by aliens who give him the power to kill any human being with his mind. Simply by willing it, he can bring about his or her violent death...

Do It For Your Country

Washington, DC. Parents are admonished to care for their children. Nature and scripture alike testify to the unique bond of filial love. Philosophers, prophets, and saints have long insisted that the household presents a unique complex of m...

Lives Lived Worthily: On Hunting

A little over a year ago, after hearing my bitter protests about another pathetic talk by some expert on education whose vision of life I find basically revolting but whose blather I am contractually obligated to attend for my own “developm...

The Country That Banned Milk

What would we think of a government that banned milk? Would we think it over-reaching, even oppressive? Would we condemn it for rejecting a great gift from God? Would we assume its policy-makers and many of its citizens were deeply out of t...

Gay Marriage and the Right to Marry

Hidden Spring Lane. The topic of gay marriage is difficult to avoid these days, even for those who would try. Defending “traditional marriage” is seen by many as either a hopelessly outdated enterprise pursued only by the naïve or a malicio...