Thought for the Day – November 20, 2020

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as a liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one.  Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of the word liberty; and precisely the same difference prevails to-day among us human creatures, even in the North, and all professing to love liberty.

-Abraham Lincoln

Archives of the Unpublished: Some thoughts on the 2016 election from 2015

It’s interesting to look back on things you wrote years ago and see how well they withstand the test of time.  Thoughts I shared with the Democratic Town Committee in August 2015:

People who I’m pretty sure like the direction Sanders says he wants to take the country are throwing in early for Clinton.  I’m not sure why.

A fellow committee member posted the following to the listserv:

Here is a link to a blog by a friend I trust on political issues… This one about Hillary.

Doug is a thoughtful person.  I shared my take on his post:

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Thought for the Day – October 6, 2020

From a review of Carlos Lozada’s book, A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era:

Messing around with the notion of truth is a luxury that comes with affluence. We have spent the past 50 years undermining the basic institutions of society — not just our sense of common purpose and identity, but also normative values like truth and duty and expertise. The politics of consumerism — and grievance — have overwhelmed the politics of unity and responsibility. Among Lozada’s favorite books is the conservative thinker Yuval Levin’s “A Time to Build”: “Popular culture compels us to ask: ‘What do I want?’ Institutions urge a different query, Levin explains: ‘Given my role here, how should I act?’