Pearl Harbor

Writing a social history of the Pearl Harbor attack is an interesting project. Do you trace the various interactions between the United States and Japan? Do you only discuss the effects of the attack on the Japanese in America? Is it reasonable to balance the racist view that that presents of Americans with the racism practiced by the Japanese in their Great East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere?

Interesting problem.

Medical Movement

There are some very exciting advances taking place in the cancer world. This article provides a good example of the molecular level work being done.

Dangerous Intellectuals: The Only Kind

Soviet worker and farmer

"The intellectual's struggle to deny the obvious is never more desperate than when reality is unpleasant and at variance with his preconceptions and when full acknowledgment of it would undermine the foundations of his intellectual worldview."

This quote comes from Theodore Dalrymple's 2000 article in the City Journal, "Seeing Is Not Believing." Theodore Dalrymple is the pen name of Anthony Daniels, an English writer and retired prison doctor and psychiatrist whose insights into modern liberal society are often stunning.

Dandelions and Rocket Summers

Mars with canals

Today in 1920 science fiction novelist Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, IL.

This is an excerpt from his Dandelion Wine:

Chapter One

It was a quiet morning, the town covered over with darkness and at ease in bed. Summer gathered in the weather, the wind had the proper touch, the breathing of the world was long and warm and slow. You had only to rise, lean from your window, and know that this indeed was the first real time of freedom and living, this was the first morning of summer.

The Last American to Die

As Senator and failed presidential candidate John Kerry famously said before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22nd, 1971, "… how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" It is a question that could be asked about any war: how do you ask someone to be the last man to die if even you do not consider the whole thing a mistake?

Built-in Tragedy


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