Mandeville LA - It is with great joy that I (and the ghosts of the Founding Fathers) watched Part I of IV of the Abbeville Institute's groundbreaking video "Is America Too Big"? presented by Professor Donald Livingston and author Kirkpatrick Sale. The video picks up where Livingston's book - ReThinking The American Union - and his radio interviews with Mike Church, left off: adding a visual component to the issue of scale and our governments. Mike has dozens of transcripts on this site about this issue including here and here and what to do about it. We invite your comments.
What Dryden said was this, "Great wits are oft to madness near allied"; and that is true. It is the pure promptitude of the intellect that is in peril of a breakdown. Also people might remember of what sort of man Dryden was talking. He was not talking of any unworldly visionary like Vaughan or George Herbert. He was talking of a cynical man of the world, a sceptic, a diplomatist, a great practical politician. Such men are indeed to madness near allied. Their incessant calculation of their own brains and other people's brains is a dangerous trade. It is always perilous to the mind to reckon up the mind. A flippant person has asked why we say, "As mad as a hatter." A more flippant person might answer that a hatter is mad because he has to measure the human head. - G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy