Nov 062018
 

We glimpse ourselves only when we gaze at something else.

Nov 052018
 

Public schooling profits only that narrow band of students, neither clever nor dim, from which all future public schoolteachers will be drawn.

Nov 022018
 

State terror denotes resistance: eventually it can be dispensed with.

Nov 012018
 

The rulers, the ruled, and the theoreticians of rule alike always interest themselves more in who shall rule than how.

Oct 312018
 

We say of posthumously venerated figures that they waited generations or centuries to receive their due. It does not occur to us that they may have deserved their earlier neglect, and that it is we who have been taken in.

Oct 302018
 

Orthodoxy’s palace guard paints and probably sees itself as an embattled and powerless minority, defending unpopular truths without fear or favor.

Oct 292018
 

To the vicious cant of equal result is opposed the vaguer, more plausible, and still more vicious cant of equal opportunity.

Oct 262018
 

What’s the alternative? Nothing. Nothing is always the alternative. Usually it is the best alternative.

Oct 252018
 

To be great is to be misunderstood; but to affirm the consequent is rather more common.

Oct 242018
 

The man at pains to conceal his enviable qualities will be envied for his modesty.