The Tyranny of the Majority - “Which is better – to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away or by three thousand tyrants one mile away?” — Rev. Mather Byles (1706-1788) Does it really matter if the instrument curtailing liberty is a monarch or a popularly elected legislature? This conundrum, along with the witty version of it put to […]
The Civil War, Rewritten: What If the Battle of Gettysburg Had Machine Guns? - What if the Union Army had machine guns at the Battle of Gettysburg? What if Robert E. Lee had observation balloons to spy on his opponents? These are the sorts of questions that tempt alternative history buffs. The popularity of speculative novels and movies demonstrates that humans can’t resist the chance to explore what might have been. But […]
Censorship: A Global Pandemic - “Palestine will be free!” chant the protesters. “From the river to the sea. Some says that’s a call for genocide — another holocaust — elimination of Israel and all Jews. So, should the chant be illegal? The House of Representatives just voted to make it illegal at universities. Both Republicans and Democrats voted for the […]
News From Around the South, 5/13 to 5/20 - SOUTH CAROLINA: Penn Center School Looks to Raise A New Generation of Activists ST. HELENA ISLAND — Emory Campbell was uncharacteristically late and looking a bit harried as he entered Penn Center’s Hampton House on the first day of March. Campbell was there, as were others, to plan the relaunch of the Penn School for Preservation, which operated […]
Free Speech for Me But Not For Thee - Can an idea be dangerous? Can a dangerous idea be expressed? Can the government punish ideas it deems to be dangerous? These are not questions one regularly asks in America because of our rich tradition of protecting the freedom of speech from infringement by the government. Yet, we appear to be on the cusp of […]