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Quite A Fix

August 25, 2013 by


By Tom McLaughlin ~ “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is a Yankee proverb. “If it ain’t broke, keep fixing it ’til it is broke,” is a government proverb. A hundred years ago, the federal government “fixed” the mouth of the Saco River in Maine by building a jetty. They started the project around […]

Voluntary Servitude and Nonviolent Resistance

August 23, 2010 by


By Grant Babcock Étienne de La Boétie, if he is remembered at all, is known for one of two things: he was the subject of Montaigne’s essay on friendship, and the author of the Discourse on Voluntary Servitude. The Discourse analyzes the practical source of government power by turning the usual way the question is […]