People understand, I think, that however much Americans might wish to leave the world alone, the world will not leave America alone. Great wealth and great success generate great envy and great hatred. And America's high ideals, if clutched jealously to America's chest, while those abroad who believe in them are hunted down and slaughtered without help, will whither and die. Idealism, like terrorism, has - can have - no borders.
John Derbyshire, National Review Online, September 12, 2001
Since the outbreak of the war, I have been collecting links to interesting and important articles on its causes and effects. In addition, the following sites contain much useful material:
The September 11 Archive
, commissioned by the Library of Congress, preserves news accounts, Web sites, images and other information about the terrorist attacks and their immediate aftermath. Still in progress, it reportedly containes over five terabytes of data already.
The Daily Telegraph
has gathered its stories about the war into a convenient day-by-day archive
, compiled by Swedish journalist Marten Barck, is a collection of annotated links to news stories and commentary about the war, focusing on terrorism as an attack on the open society. Highly recommended.
Jottings, quotations and other notes on important, outrageous or bizarre events, intended more to clarify my own thoughts (or occasionally vent them) that to convince anybody else.
is a special section devoted to analyzing the Wall Street Journal
columns of leftist scribe Al Hunt. I didn't keep it up as well as I should have in 2003 but am resolved to do better in 2004.
Special Section: The Enron Mythos
(the Halliburton/Cheney pseudo-scandal; corporate "reform" and the stock market; Worldcom enters the Mythos; the Andersen verdict; stiffing Enron's victims; media bias about media bias; Whom should government "consult"?; the virtues of not
diversifying; post-Enron smoke; litigation abuse and the death of Arthur Andersen; due process - what's that?; making auditors more independent; lies in The Wall Street Journal
; Paul Krugman, victim of Enroneurosis; Let Lerach do it?; postmodernist campaign reform; sensible voices in the press; more facts omitted in "news" stories; accounting reformers' follies; "solving" the 401(k) non-problem; a distorted picture of Enron's retirement plans; Professor Krugman's change of heart; Enron: poster child for regulation?; the first real
Enron scandal; protecting workers from wealth)
My Views, and You're Welcome to Them
"Legitimacy and the Democrats"
. Even in the midst of war, some important Democrats treat George W. Bush as a usurper. What does that bode for our country's long-term prospects?
The Tory Party at Yale University
The closest that I ever came to true political activism was as an undergraduate at Yale, where inter alia
I was a founder (and first chairman) of the Yale Political Union's Tory Party
. To my continuing astonishment, the Tories remain in existence, still devoted to conservative ideals and rational debate
, over thirty-five years later and hold an annual banquet
A fine Tory tradition is singing (in whatever key comes to hand) airs of traditional, patriotic or frivolous import. A few samples are posted here ("Tory Songs By Sundry Hands"
Another former Tory chairman, Bill Smith
, has posted photographs
from the organization's exciting early days, recording the defense of the American flag by a band of Tories during the May 1970 anti-war riots in New Haven.