What I Want from This Year’s Circus

Year’sCircus Years ago, Alvin Toffler convinced me that elections are merely reassurance rituals, and so I take no part in them. But these blaring spectacles – and especially the “every fourth year” variety – do have effects in the world, and so I peek in on them from time to time. This year’s circus is more interesting than most. Whatever else comes of it, things are clearly being shaken up. And …

Calling Things by Their True Names

CallingThings Somewhere along my travels, I found an old Chinese proverb that says this: The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their true names. I’ve found a great deal of value in that little saying. It is, in fact, a fundamental building block of human development. So long as we call things by false names, we maintain our own confusion and contribute to our own abuse. So, today I …

Toddlers Know the Truth… Until They’re Talked out of It

toddlers I’m hardly the first person to recognize that basic truths are more easily grasped by the young and the uneducated. For example, here’s a passage from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to Peter Carr in 1787: State a moral case to a plowman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules. …

A Way to Prove We’re All Born Libertarian

natural libertarian We’re all born knowing the truth, but by the time you’re four or five years old, they’ve beaten it out of you. – Attributed to Bob Dylan I think I’d be a bit more charitable than Mr. Dylan; I’d say that we’ve only had the truth partly beaten out of us by the age of five. I think truth endures in us, at least to a significant extent, up till …