Tag Archives: Tyranny

the panopticon state

The panopticon was a type of building designed by the 18th-century British philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham, famous as the leading thinker on utilitarianism. Designed with prisons in mind, the panopticon was a cylindrical building whose chambers all faced … Continue reading

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what have we got to hide? I’ll tell you

While I can’t say that I’m surprised at the recent revelation of the handing over of millions of telephone-call records to the U.S. government by Verizon (and no doubt other operators), for some reason it has stirred fresh anger in … Continue reading

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One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest: for the mental patient in all of us

Last night on Paul’s History of Cinema Festival Kimmie and I watched One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, released in November 1975 and winner of the 1976 Academy Award for Best Picture, among other honors. Directed by Milos Forman, the … Continue reading

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what scares me

In my post on what I unlearned from 9/ll there was a further point I wanted to address, but I didn’t get to it. It concerned the issue of terrorism. Since 9/11 the words terrorism and terrorist have shown up … Continue reading

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will you join the Party when it’s time?

The study of history makes a man wise and judicious. So says Ludwig von Mises on page 30 of Human Action. If he’s right, that would make a powerful reason for anyone to study history—and I think he is right. … Continue reading

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sick it is, then

I’m pleased to announce that Technology Review magazine has published my letter to the editor. In edited form, under the title “Leaking Secrets”, it appears thus on page 7 of their August 2011 issue: I found your editorial and review … Continue reading

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