Tag Archives: William Shenstone

Try Doing Something

Fans of obscure nineteenth century British aphorisms tend to like William Shenstone, who once said that the world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox-hunters. That’s a British thing. Those brutal and cruel, … Continue reading

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Life in the Age of Infinite Outrage

People generally quarrel because they can’t argue. G. K. Chesterton is said to have said that, and he was onto something there. Imagine you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, quite lost, and everyone is trying to figure out what … Continue reading

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Disaster Deferred

Things looked dark on Tuesday. We were going into default and the government shutdown would last forever, or at least until Obama caved and gave up on Obamacare, or on all entitlement spending, or abolished the EPA and the IRS, … Continue reading

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An Argument for Argument

When people use the word argument they often mean just fighting – shouting back and forth and name-calling, and cutting insults of course. Or you have the other kind of fighting, where the two parties sit silently and seethe with … Continue reading

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No Need to Explain Yourself

Fans of obscure nineteenth century British aphorisms – not the clever quips from Oscar Wilde, who was Irish anyway – tend to like William Shenstone. He was that odd fellow who once said that the world may be divided into … Continue reading

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One More 9/11

Some of us don’t do that passionate thing. Maybe it’s the Czech heritage – Jaroslav Hašek through Vaclav Havel through Milan Kundera – a pose of bemused irony hiding careful thinking and an iron will to change things gets more … Continue reading

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Quarreling and Intellectual Bankruptcy

People generally quarrel because they can’t argue. G. K. Chesterton is said to have said that, and he was onto something there. Imagine you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, quite lost, and everyone is trying to figure out what … Continue reading

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