"Men do learn from their mistakes; they learn how to make new ones.”
Gordon Martel The Month That Changed the World: July 1914 (quoted in a review by Gary Sheffield quoted in a blog post by Mark Collins; Martel’s specific reference is that Neville Chamberlain went to Munich to seek peace with Hitler in 1938 because he was so terrified of sleepwalking into war as in the summer of 1914)
In my latest National Post column I remind politicians that John Stuart Mill’s classic defence of free speech applies every bit as much to social media as to the spoken, written or broadcast word.
(You can watch the beginning and hear the rest of my testimony on the subject to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on June 4, as well as that of Mark Steyn and Lindsay Shepherd, on ParlVu (my prepared remarks begin at 9:09).
On June 4 I appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to testify on online hate, and urged them not to censor even loathsome opinions because truth will prevail in a contest of ideas. You can watch the beginning of the session and hear the rest including my testimony on ParlVu (my prepared remarks begin at 9:09).
See also my June 5 National Post column adapted from that testimony.
“Only God can fix prices”
“a hadith attributed to the Prophet” according to Bernard Lewis The Middle East: 2000 Years of History from the Rise of Christianity to the Present Day (although he notes that it was frequently disregarded in practice with bad results)
In my latest BOE Report piece I say climate alarmists told us heat and drought would kill crops. But at the moment in North American cold and wet look like bigger problems. Does it mean we can finally admit the subject is complicated and that warmth isn’t all bad?
“your father, who was as sensible as he was wise – and the two things do not always go together…”
Jethro (to Chebron) in G.A. Henty Cat of Bubastes
“On the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest and, resting, died.”
An unidentified poet, cited in Lewis K. Uhler Setting Limits: Constitutional Control of Government