Playing Poker

Before applying to graduate school at the age of 30, I had spent almost eight years playing a lot of (relatively) high stakes poker. I’ve hesitated to publish this post—it reveals my youthful immaturity and recklessness. But at the urging of my son-in-law, I’ll publish it nonetheless. Here is the story of my youthful playing poker. Continue reading Playing Poker

Understanding Freedom: Freedom & Government – Part 1

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If freedom for all means that everyone is equally free, freedom and equality in a democratic society are, rather than competing with each other, two sides of the same coin. Society organized in the interest of freedom and equality (ideally, if not so much in reality) is called democracy (from Greek, demos, lit., people; and kratos, lit., power). Continue reading Understanding Freedom: Freedom & Government – Part 1

Understanding Freedom: Freedom & Power

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Americans like to say, “It’s a free country,” especially when someone expresses a desire to do something that might be frowned upon. The reality, however, is that freedom in America, or anywhere else, belongs only to those with the power to enjoy it. Continue reading Understanding Freedom: Freedom & Power