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Arguing against assisted suicide

It is a well-known fact that half of the medical costs for the average person are accrued in the last six months of his...

We sleep in the summer, but it’s worth keeping one eye open

The fact that people in this part of the world take holidays in summer is one I have brought to the attention of my...

The vanished civility of public discourse

Never open a column with a sentimental aside. Good: now that I’ve made that dispassionate point, I may proceed to the sentimentality. I cannot type...

Proliferating bureaucracies, and other evils

Bear with me, gentle reader. I want to return to an old theme of mine, but I want to do it abstractly. Normally a columnist...

Dungeons of the mind

This phrase, “political correctness,” adjective “politically correct,” is a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because it gives a name to something that...

Steady hands and strong hearts to face an unstable world

When a newspaper so characteristically restrained as the Financial Times, of London, runs headlines like, “Panic grips credit markets,” we can be sure that...

Time of revolution

George III has got a bad rap from history. The topic is too large for a newspaper column, and perhaps it is now too...

A pogrom in Baghdad

Breaking news quickly passes into “archive”; but days, weeks, and sometimes years may be required, to reconstruct what actually happened. Sometimes there are no...

Weighing a strike on Iran

Curiously enough, one feels a little better about the Iranian nuclear threat after reviewing accounts of their missile tests this week. This would not...

Speaking as an earthling …

Sarah Palin celebrated Bastille Day yesterday with an op-ed against “cap and trade” in the Washington Post. Bless the editors of that newspaper for...

England’s crisis is ours, too

The United Kingdom, from common language and shared heritage, offers us our best window into what is happening in Europe. This is especially so...

Musharraf’s gamble cannot succeed

Something I did not deal with in my Wednesday column—although several of my correspondents assumed I did—was whether I think General Pervez Musharraf can...

Pan Am bomber’s release: A grave act of injustice

That there is justice to be had in this world, I cannot doubt. But more and more we must look for it from nature,...

Modern management

Among the conscientious objectors to last Sunday’s column, were several readers who noted that if we invert the system of business regulation, so that...

The outsider is coming inside

Polls are said to take the pulse of a nation. The pulse of a healthy patient remains fairly stable, with minor fluctuations through the...