Monthly Archives: November 2011

National Defense Authorization Act in the Context of a Social Contract

social contract (also social compact) noun an implicit agreement among the members of a society to cooperate for social benefits, for example by sacrificing some individual freedom for state protection. Theories of a social contract became popular in the 16th, … Continue reading

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Relevant History – Ron Suskind’s Confidence Men Review

I just finished Ron Suskind’s new look at the first two years of the Obama presidency, and I have to admit that I’m a little bit worried. Suskind, former national affairs writer for the Wall Street Journal, paints a picture … Continue reading

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Remembering the Little Bits of Writing

Every once in awhile, the Chronicle, a magazine dedicated to all matters academia, actually comes up with something useful. In today’s case, it was a little blurb about how diversionary tactics in writing scare readers off. Carol Saller, an editor … Continue reading

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Square Deals for Occupy Wall Street

Markets are sacred. Its a defining principle of American economics; at least rhetorically. Americans hold fast to the idea that markets are more efficient than command economies. That’s probably true in most instances. The history of the twentieth century seems … Continue reading

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