The Arab states don’t seem to do a good job of providing for their own people, so I am not sure why they would suddenly develop an ability to help the Palestinians.
Mr. Obama’s approach to engagement to some degree makes him dependent on people who wish neither him nor America well. This doesn’t have to end badly and I hope that it doesn’t – but it’s not an ideal position after one’s first year in power.
Baseball needs to put the steroids era behind it by having and enforcing tough rules against all kinds of artificial advantages, so that spring can return.
I’d fully taken the road many people start on, but most abandon: common sense had given me a miss, and I’d become an artist.
The American people are extraordinarily comfortable, affluent, and secure. It’s easy for us to make the argument that God’s purpose is being fulfilled through history and through the rise of American power. And to some degree, it probably is.
No one is depressed when they’re asleep, which is why being in bed is such a safe place if you’re really down.
Philanthropic humility is necessary if a giver is to do more good than harm, but it is not sufficient – philanthropic prudence is also needed.
You look at the steamboat, the railroad, the car, the airplane – not all of these were invented in the Anglo-American world, but they were popularized and extended by it. They were made possible by the financial architecture, the capital intensive operations invented and developed by the Anglo-Americans.
We Americans look at the last 300 years of history, and we basically see a world that’s getting better and better. The rule of freedom expands. The economy develops. We have risen to become the world’s greatest power.
I have a strange habit of walking down streets and staring up, rather than looking at shopfronts and stuff like that.