24:3-4 is sweetly inspiring:
3 By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
It's interesting that the ancient Proverbialist found "wisdom",
"understanding", and "knowledge" to be three separate qualities. No
■ A couple of people disrupted a "Shakespeare in the Park"
presentation of "Julius Caesar", in which the stabbee JC was made to resemble
Donald Trump. In how many ways was that wrong?
Andrew Klavan knows: The
Attack on 'Julius Caesar' Was Wrong in Every Way. Key paragraph:
Putting on a tasteless and ugly version of Shakespeare is not an injustice, not an outrage, not an act of war. It is speech — the very stuff we right wingers are fighting to keep free. This is more than a mere matter of law. The First Amendment, which protects us from anti-speech legislation, is not worth the crinkly brown paper it's written on if the values of free speech are not upheld in our hearts and minds.
Andrew's right. If libertarians/conservatives want to be better than
their opponents… then they have to be better than their
If you (1) agree, and (2) you want to get somewhat
depressed, read the comments (536 as I type).
■ Paul A. Offit writing in the Daily Beast reminds us of How
Rachel Carson Cost Millions of People Their Lives. You probably
know this already, but it was not due to her somnolent science
writing, but her strident crusade against DDT.
Since the mid 1970s, when DDT was eliminated from global eradication
efforts, tens of millions of people have died from malaria
unnecessarily: most have been children less than five years old.
While it was reasonable to have banned DDT for agricultural use, it
was unreasonable to have eliminated it from public health use.
Pseudo-scientific advocacy kills. Good to remember.
■ Joel Kotkin asks (and answers) the question in the Orange
County Register: Is America now second-rate?
America is likely to remain the dominant country in the world —
economically, culturally and technologically — for decades to come.
Unlike Germany, China, Japan or Russia, its population will not be
shrinking in 2050, and it enjoys both advanced technology and vast
resources. Trump may damage our image in the world, but even his
clumsiness will not be sufficient to undermine our continuing
I'm a little more pessimistic, primarily because we can't seem to muster the
will to get our fiscal house in order.
■ @kevinNR recounts Planned
Parenthood’s Century of Brutality (from the print magazine). You
might know the genesis of Planned Parenthood's genesis in the
Progressive movement, but the details are chilling.
[T]he word “planned” in “Planned Parenthood” can be understood to function as it does in the other great progressive dream of the time: “planned economy.”
As Kevin shows, the eugenicist memes live on today.
■ At Cato, Jeffrey Miron has a headline that basically sums
up how I feel about pols these days: “Everyone is
Terrible”. But (specifically), he notes the terrible
bipartisanship displayed in the push for new Federal drug
Much discussion assumes liberals are more libertarian-leaning on
drug policy than conservatives. This is partly right; liberals are
more likely to favor marijuana legalization, for example.
But many liberals endorse marijuana legalization because they view marijuana as relatively benign, not because of a principled stance for freedom or a consistent understanding that prohibition of any substance almost certainly causes more harm than good. Thus politicians across the spectrum are indeed “terrible” on drug policy.
Drugs are not "benign". But drug prohibition is worse.