A life in words

  • The crisis in Ukraine—a few thoughts

    The Internet is rife with Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns. In any comment section on any platform, you’ll see the trolls. I’m posting this video from my tiny little blog, to do my part against that wave. It is stunning that anyone could hear such eloquent pleas for peace, and not back down. The cynicism…

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  • Independence Day

    Independence Day

    I rarely wish people a “happy Fourth of July”. It’s always “Happy Independence Day” from me. I guess because that’s what the day is about, regardless of where it lands on the calendar. Happy Independence Day! I’m worried about our country. I get it, everybody’s worried about our country these days. I guess I feel…

Of a commonwealth, whose subjects are but hindered by terror from taking arms, it should rather be said, that it is free from war, than that it has peace. For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from force of character….Baruch Spinoza, Tractatus Theologico-Politicus V.4, 1670, trans. A. H. Gosset 1883