Revolutions Don’t Always End Well

On the one hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, October 25, I watched the 1965 movie “Dr. Zhivago”, a story based on a manuscript smuggled out of the Soviet Union and published in 1957. The setting is the Russian Empire and the events leading up to and following the revolution Continue Reading →

What Is the Will of the People?

This presidential election cycle, more than others in recent memory, exposes the Achilles’ heel of democracy. The justification for democratic rule is that it results in what is supposedly the will of the people. What, however, is that will when you have multiple blocs of people promoting fundamentally different and Continue Reading →

The F-Word Versus the S-Word

The horrors of fascism have been pounded into everyone’s heads for decades, with visceral reactions of disgust and revulsion being carefully cultivated through visions of the German holocaust. Much less, however, has been made of the horrors of socialism, though they were and are equal or worse. The exterminations and Continue Reading →

When Law Loses Meaning

One of the bedrock principles in any free society is the rule of law rather than the rule of men. Even without government, the oft-idealized anarchic society, if people are to function on a regular basis in groups, there must be some type of rules for interaction, even if they Continue Reading →

When Bad Is Good

Some people say that if it wasn’t for bad luck, they wouldn’t have any luck at all. If that is true, it is likely because they have not taken advantage of the lessons that bad luck offered them before. Reality doesn’t operate on the basis of luck. There are real, Continue Reading →