Democracy != freedom

Watching all the coverage of the protests/riots/uprising in Egypt and elsewhere, I’m always struck by the idiotic things Americans say in response. (Not surprised, note. Just struck.) The latest thing is the man-on-the-street interviews about how “oh yes, we should help Egypt get democracy” and “democracy is the best thing…

Bookpile: January 2011

The Sheen on the Silk – A rare stand-alone book from Anne Perry, one my favorite authors. This time, she’s taking us to Constantinople during the time of the Crusades. It’s a story in a world that is really foreign to us, full of misdirection, intrigue, politics and religion. We…