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Saturday, September 17, 2005

This latest Supreme Court nomination season has been curiously devoid of the mention of "litmus tests", so I thought I'd offer one here, for those that like to think of themselves as supporters of free markets and freedom in general.

What do you think about the idea described in the title of this article?

And another question, one that I usually very scrupulously avoid ever asking or answering, how do you feel about that idea?

Sunday, September 11, 2005

I haven't blogged about Katrina since my post of the day before. It's been too overwhelming. Not emotionally, like those who convince themselves to feel personally devasted so that they can feel like they're a part of it all, but intellectually. There's so many angles on this, so many things that it has shown and so many possible ramifications, that I have not been able to assimilate it all into one or even a series of coherent posts.

But even though I have not been writing, except to nibble around the edges of it on some other blogs, I've been thinking - and I have made a lot of connections. Still, until I can fully integrate this huge dollop of new stimuli, I'll just keep working on it quietly.

But there's one idea that seems to be just starting to permeate the American consciousness: There's some things that are too big, too important, to leave to government. Nobody's saying this yet, at least not apart from those of us who have been saying it all along, but it looks like they may be, some precious few of them, finally letting themselves see the cracks in the old idea - the idea that some things are too big and too important to leave to anyone but government. This isn't the start of a revolution, not in thought nor deed, but it may be the start of some people considering the possibility of maybe thinking about looking into being open to the idea of asking themselves whether they should start questioning their quasi-religious faith in government.

Or maybe they'll just forget to once the new fall season starts.