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Was Einstein Right About Global Civilization?

Princeton University has released a website called Digital Einstein, containing many writings by Albert Einstein that were previously unknown by the general public. Among these is a Manifesto To The Europeans, which begins with the declaration that, “technology and traffic clearly drive us toward a

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Thanksgiving is… Contested

The autocomplete feature of Google describes the most common searches containing a phrase. The most common searches about Thanksgiving Day, being thankful, being grateful (and their negations) give us a bit of a glimpse into the cultural concerns we give about Thanksgiving.  Here are the

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The World’s Most Hideous Consolation Card?

“Tough cookie,” the card said. When I picked up this card in the grocery store the other day, I read the literal words on the left. The underlying message, as I read the card in between the lines, sits on the right: Sympathy cards are

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We Need Smith = We Need Anglos?

Any new political organization ought to be leading us away from the prejudices that have dominated American politics in the past, rather than exploiting them for its own political purposes. We Need Smith fails this test.

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One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

Guns, wedding gowns, cold beer.¬† I think one of these things at Hussey’s General Store in Windsor, Maine does not belong with the other two, but I can’t decide which it is. This is the opposite of what happens in the big cities, where specialty

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The Holy Grail Gives Alpha its Omega

When our society’s seekers of knowledge, conquest or material objects talk about their ultimate goals, they often appeal to crusading and questing metaphors that can take on religious overtones. Some place themselves in the role of old Sir Galahad, speaking of their object as “the

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?