Individual Rights, Freedom, and Society

One of the most difficult paths to navigate in governing is that of balancing individual rights and freedom with that of societal requirements. Last month [November4; Fear Rules, Health Suffers], VoxFairfax offered comment on the issue of mandatory vaccination. Recently, an… Read More ›

Recent Posts

  • Democraphobia

    Fear of democracy permeated the concerns of the Founding Fathers, causing them to create constitutional structures to limit the potential for popular democracy to become the electoral engine of the new government. Senators selected by state governments; the institution today… Read More ›

  • GOP Scrooge Screws One and All

  • Culinary Crudo Cupidity Catastrophe Creeps Commonwealth-wise

    Those of us who for one reason or another move from a more sophisticated—generally urban—location to one more rural or suburban may be left with longings for specific culinary tastes developed there. At the same time, there may occur rear-mirror… Read More ›


    December 10, 1950:  Dr. Ralph Bunche becomes the first African- American man awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for his efforts in mediating between Israel and nearby Arab states the previous year. December 11, 1901:  The first transatlantic radio signal is transmitted by… Read More ›

  • Sixteen Tons

    Ernest Jennings Ford, better known as Tennessee Ernie Ford, died of liver failure in a Reston hospital on October 17, 1991, after attending a White House dinner hosted by George H.W. Bush. Ironically, on October 17, 1955, Sixteen Tons, the… Read More ›

  • Kilogram Kibosh?

    The recent announcement by teams of international scientists convened at a meeting in Paris that the kilogram was to be redefined did not escape the policy mavens at the White House. SH Sanders announced that the President was studying the… Read More ›


    December 3, 1962:  Edith Sampson is sworn in as the first African American female judge after being elected associate judge of the Municipal Court in Chicago. December 3, 1967:  The first successful heart transplant is performed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard… Read More ›


    Julián Castro’s book—perhaps memoir is a better characterization—chronicles a familiar tale of American exceptionalism … and for that reason is not exceptional. Julián, the identical twin of Joachim, served as mayor of San Antonio and Secretary of Housing and Urban… Read More ›

  • OTHER VOICES: Nicholas Kristof

    Reposted and excerpted from The New York Times, November 25, 2018. Trying to Fight, Not Spread, Fear and Lies How can the media avoid the misinformation trap? Something continues to nag at me about the midterm elections. It’s the way we in… Read More ›