Michaelangelo's David / Wikimedia Commons

Michaelangelo's David / Wikimedia Commons

We have not ended up where we began, with democracy. Our institutions of government, business of lawmaking, and notions about successful popular rule do not resemble all that closely the storied originals from Athens. Of course, the broad outlines of democracy are still here—elections occur; liberty and rights are invoked—but democracy’s substance has changed. Democracy has become an expression, an imposition, even, of the self over other selves. It is not a call to order—it’s an impassioned cry.

Simplicity

The Ingalls family (Laura Ingalls third from left) / Wikimedia Commons

Simple is hard—more difficult than cutting diamonds, more back-breaking than mining coal. Of course, complicated is also hard. Nothing good in art comes easy. But we can be deceived by the simplicity of an artwork’s effect, tempted into believing that it must derive from a simplicity of effort. And to all such temptations, there’s really only one answer: an insistence that simple is hard. Harder than adamant. Tougher than steel.

SSA Putting Millions of Americans at Risk for Identity Theft

identity theft

The Social Security Administration puts millions of Americans at risk for identity theft by putting their full Social Security Numbers on letters sent in the mail.

The agency’s inspector general released an audit this week warning the government that by sending hundreds of millions of letters containing individual’s Social Security Numbers it puts them at risk for identity theft.

Inside the Ring: Missile Test Surge

A man watches a TV news program showing a file footage of North Korea's rocket launch at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul

U.S. intelligence agencies that monitor foreign missile tests have been working overtime in the past several weeks keeping tabs on test firings by China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.

The Language Snob Bible

Bryan Garner / University of Texas at Austin

It was one of those extraordinary “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer” moments, to be reckoned alongside learning that Santa Claus is a myth or becoming conscious of how babies are made. I was in third grade. One of my classmates needed to be excused.

“Mrs. Ruesink, can I use the bathroom, please?”

“I have no idea. I assume you can.”

Simplicity

The Ingalls family (Laura Ingalls third from left) / Wikimedia Commons

Simple is hard—more difficult than cutting diamonds, more back-breaking than mining coal. Of course, complicated is also hard. Nothing good in art comes easy. But we can be deceived by the simplicity of an artwork’s effect, tempted into believing that it must derive from a simplicity of effort. And to all such temptations, there’s really only one answer: an insistence that simple is hard. Harder than adamant. Tougher than steel.

SSA Putting Millions of Americans at Risk for Identity Theft

identity theft

The Social Security Administration puts millions of Americans at risk for identity theft by putting their full Social Security Numbers on letters sent in the mail.

The agency’s inspector general released an audit this week warning the government that by sending hundreds of millions of letters containing individual’s Social Security Numbers it puts them at risk for identity theft.

Inside the Ring: Missile Test Surge

A man watches a TV news program showing a file footage of North Korea's rocket launch at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul

U.S. intelligence agencies that monitor foreign missile tests have been working overtime in the past several weeks keeping tabs on test firings by China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.