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Inauguration Blues

Despite the deepest hopes of many die-hard Trump supporters that the outgoing president would somehow snatch victory from defeat at the eleventh hour, Joe Biden is to be inaugurated today.  Our second nominally Catholic president shall no doubt wish to ceremonially cloak himself in Kennedy’s mantle; unfortunately for him, both COVID-19 restrictions and the odd [...]

Occupy Harvard

You probably think North Korea is thousands of miles away. Actually, it is as close as your nearest university. By and large most of our universities and colleges have become little North Koreas—sealed enclaves of repressive ideology, stifled speech, and rigid thought control. Students enthuse to this jailed status through daily dosages of Huxleyan soma [...]

Putting the ‘Loco’ In Loco Parentis

In loco parentis means “in the place of the parents.” It is an old legal concept that once had a venerable place in Western law. The doctrine of in loco parentis was invoked when people or institutions had to act in the place of parents. Schools, for example, were deemed to share in a parent’s [...]

I Met a Hero in Harvard Yard

Or I might say, “Sauron forgot about a hobbit.” There is one thing everyone ought to know about blacktop.  It cracks.  Ice then gets into the cracks and before you know it, there's a regular furrow, and some windswept dirt, and something with stubborn roots sets up in it, like dandelions with their brave yellow [...]

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