Framing the Dialogue

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Dueling Dershowitz

It is rare that I find myself rooting for someone like Alan Dershowitz.  His is a liberal that I have rather disliked for many years.  I really should not say that I dislike him, but I typically dislike his left views, but lately he has been standing up for what is right (not conservative, but right) and has been criticized for it.  I sense that Mr. Dershowitz is an old fashioned liberal.  He is someone that a conservative would disagree with, argue with, debate with, get exasperated with, but at the end of the day you could find some common ground with and accomplish something.

Underlying Social Contract

“You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

Wyatt’s Torch

Part of my morning drive took me along a country road that would along a stream.  Homes were scattered along the road in pockets and shaded by rather large sycamore trees.  One drive home this spring as I approached this curvy stretch I heard a very loud blowing sound.  I had been traveling this way for months and had never noticed it before and wondered if it had always been there and I never noticed it because my car windows had been shut during the winter commutes.

Viva La Difference

Is there a difference between men and women?  Boys and girls?  I am not a degreed sociologist; I am just a parent who has raised some of each.  There is a difference.  One gender is not better than the other; they are just different.

It is, however, politically incorrect to say that boys and girls are different and many have found themselves in trouble for making such statements.  The most famous case that garnered national attention involved the President of Harvard University.  Larry Summers was speaking at a symposium titled Diversifying the Science and Engineering Workforce: Women, Underrepresented Minorities, and their S. & E. Careers.