at Baylor University
at Baylor University
The decision to launch airstrikes on Libya was made in about 96 hours, by self-described “humanitarians” who took up the emerging international norm of “responsibility to protect” as their reason for war. To the applause of Bernard-Henri Levy and other munitions-grade faux intellectuals, they argued that Western governments had a duty to use military resources to help civilians who were being abused by their governments. Not in North Korea where the masses starve, or Zimbabwe where hyperinflation was rampant and the unemployment rate was nearly in triple digits, but wherever there seems to be a winnable civil conflict, with plausible-looking good guys who can be taught to say “democracy” and “human rights.”Michael Brendan Dougherty, "How Hillary Clinton’s ‘smart power’ turned Libya into a dumpster fire," The Week,. (via asuperfluousman)
A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.Ta-Nehisi Coates, "Michael Brown’s Unremarkable Humanity," The Atlantic. (via asuperfluousman)
The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth.
First day of classes. Can’t believe I’m two years away from graduation. (at Baylor University)
If only that were true! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, quoted in The Federalist. (via asuperfluousman)
I’ve had this weird urge to take selfies lately. But seriously, really happy to have my sister here at Baylor with me.
Lake Whitney + All You Can Eat Fish = Perfect Saturday (at Soldiers Bluff Park)