Okay, all you Steely Dan fans, I found this album in an oldies bin back in the early 80s. The group would eventually become Steely Dan, and this is Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer), which would appear on Can’t Buy A Thrill.
[Editor's Note: I'm posting another history paper for you, not only because I happen to be spending time writing these things, but also because this particular topic informs our contemporary policy debate. There is a significant faction that wants to "go back" to the days before the welfare state, when everyone lived or died by [...]
I’m a big fan of Edmund Burke, although I don’t consider myself a conservative. But of all the tenets of conservatism, the assertion that men are only equal in front of God, and that the natural order in this life is class distinction, has bothered me the most. Today I came across the following quote, [...]
Lately, I’ve been fascinated by the amount of vitriol and invective hurled at public employees, specifically teachers. It is almost analogous to a shark feed-frenzy, as monied interests throw chum in the water and watch the working class tear each other to shreds. The situation raises a number of questions. Why are we so quick [...]
Today’s musical selection is It Might As Well Be Spring, from Blossom Dearie’s eponymous album, which I recommend you buy immediately if you don’t already own it.
Recently, I wrote the attached essay for a historical methods class I took this past quarter. It addressed the question of the relationship between history and the past, and as a device I used the controversy over the National Air and Space Museum’s planned exhibit of the Enola Gay in 1995. Since it was written [...]
Americans have a short memory. Some argue that makes us great. For now it provides me with ongoing purpose and work. Today’s meme is the inequity of allowing public labor unions to collectively bargain, and a number of Tea Party GOP governors are supporting legislation that would strip those unions of their bargaining rights. These [...]