Monthly Archives: September 2014

How America Got Here…

“In the two volumes [of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America] there is also a subtle difference in emphasis.  What struck many readers in the first volume―and for a long time reduced Tocqueville’s appeal to modern liberals―was his exposition of … Continue reading

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The ruinous impact of burgeoning bureaucracy…

“Before 1960 the United States produced more automobiles than all other countries together; after that, no longer.  Both in quantity and quality the competitive advantages of American products began to wane.  Very few people, including historians, have noted how short … Continue reading

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On Leonardo Da Vinci…

“Leonardo was left handed; his notes, seven thousand pages of which have been preserved, were written in mirror script. Though quite legible, they can be read only by holding them up to a looking glass. In the sixteenth century that … Continue reading

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