Author: Crissie Brown

Morning Feature: “You’re On Your Own” – Their Dream, Our Nightmare

“Inequality will exist as long as liberty exists,” wrote Alexander Hamilton. “It unavoidably results from that very liberty itself.” For at least a half-century, conservative writers have pitted equality and liberty as incompatible social ideals, and come down on the side of liberty. Liberty is the ultimate prize … if you’re wealthy. (More) “You’re On Your Own” – Their Dream, Our Nightmare The Alexander Hamilton quote above introduces a 1960 law review article titled Equality vs. Liberty: The Eternal Conflict. The author writes: No one questions the right of all men to equal justice under law, but propagandists have carried the doctrine beyond equality of rights to equality of things, and men are heard to proclaim human equality who would revolt at the suggestion that all birds, all fish, all cattle, all dogs or all race horses are equal. Of course, all men are not created equal any more so than are all other members of the animal kingdom. Even if they are created equal, creation ends when life begins, and life is always unequal. The article is a fairly typical philosophical defense of inequality: in any free society, some will acquire more than others. This happens because we have different talents and interests, and make different choices. A free society must not deny or limit those differences, and a virtuous society must encourage better talents, interests, and choices...

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Campus Chatter – July 8, 2010

Starving Christian soldiers marched around the Muslim-held city of Jerusalem today (1099). Also, Vasco de Gama sailed for India (1497), Commodore Perry sailed into Tokyo Bay (1853), and the Mounties began their March West (1874). So march or sail to work today. Or not. Greetings and social banter here. Good morning!...

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Furthermore! – Laundry, Motivation, and Inspiration

New viewers of the Tour de France are often bewildered by the “laundry line” at the bottom of the television screen. Yellow, green, polka-dot, white … why so many leader jerseys? The answer is motivation, and that can emerge in surprising and inspiring ways … like agreeing not to compete. (More) Cycling fans in the Belgian city of Spa were disappointed Monday. They hoped to see a mad sprint to the finish line. Instead they saw the main field – the peloton – form a wall to cross the line together. Commentators called it a “protest.” I saw it as an inspiring act of cooperation. The riders were motivated by the “laundry,” but not in the way the race organizers expected. First about the “laundry.” The Tour has several leader jerseys: Yellow Jersey – Tour Champion, based on overall time. Green Jersey – Most Consistent Rider, based on points awarded at the finish of each stage and designated points along the route. Polka-dot Jersey – Best Mountain Rider, based on points awarded at designated summits. White Jersey – Best Young Rider, based on overall time for riders under age 26. That’s a lot of “laundry” because there are a lot of riders – 22 teams of 9 riders start the Tour – and fewer than a dozen have a real chance to win the overall race. Many teams have...

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Campus Chatter – July 7, 2010

Joan d’Arc was acquitted of heresy today (1456). It was a retrial, 25 years after her execution. Oops. The U.S. began its first military draft today (1863). Exemptions cost $300. Oops. And something crashed near Roswell, NM today (1947). First it was a UFO, then a weather balloon. Oops. Greetings and social banter here. Good morning!...

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Campus Chatter – July 6, 2010

Louis Pasteur successfully tested the rabies vaccine today (1885). Also, Althea Gibson became the first black athlete to win at Wimbeldon (1957), the same day John Lennon met Paul McCartney. And Happy National Birthday to Malawi (1964) and Comoros (1975). Seems like just Yesterday…. Greetings and social banter here. Good morning!...

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