Freedom

The death of free speech

  • 30 May 2017
  • NormanL
You can't say that

This is the season of commencement speakers. They appear on college campuses around the country, accepting honorary degrees in exchange for offering words of advice and encouragement to graduates. Some may even say things that are a bit out there, or even slightly (very slightly) controversial. But as Prof.

What we don't know about history hurts our politics

  • 3 March 2017
  • NormanL
What we don't know about history hurts our politics

You might have seen the videos on late night TV of interviews with average folks who are asked about current events or famous people. The bits that get aired, more often than not, show people have little idea what's going on in the wider world. And it's worse if they are asked about historical events, concepts, or people. We laugh, and move on.

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