Rousseau Speaks to Me


James Hanley

James Hanley is a two-bit college professor who'd rather be canoeing.

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7 Responses

  1. Avatar Stillwater says:

    Well, you have lots of principles you appeal to when speaking about government, so …..

    OK, that was … well …. sure.Report

  2. Avatar Citizen says:

    “If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.”
    Noam ChomskyReport

    • Avatar El Muneco in reply to Citizen says:

      Sigh… Yet another reminder that Chomsky, who is certifiably brilliant, could really have been something when he stepped outside his area of expertise (linguistic theory – for which computer scientists will still remember him hundreds of years from now).

      What is it about the real geniuses that takes them down a path of intellectual self-destruction late in life (Newton with astrology, Einstein with mysticism, Dawkins with misogyny…)?Report

  3. Avatar Kolohe says:

    -That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

    Seems neither false nor disingenuous to me. (but then something self-evidently true could not be, right?)Report

    • Avatar James Hanley in reply to Kolohe says:


      “Seldom” means it happens sometimes.

      Whether the quotation is one of those times depends on whether we view it as aspirational or as descriptive history.Report

  4. NobAkimoto NobAkimoto says:

    And he little better than a republican or a democrat….Report