The Art of Tetman Callis

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Entries from August 2014

I’d hate to think it’s too late

August 31st, 2014 · No Comments

“No form of government can preserve a nation which can’t controul the party rage of its own citizens; when any one citizen can rise above the controul of the laws, ruin draws near. ‘Tis not possible for any nation on earth, to hold their strength and establishment, when the dignity of their government is lost, […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Corncobs will do in a pinch

August 30th, 2014 · No Comments

“A government we must have; there is no safety without it; though we know it will be imperfect, we still must prefer it to anarchy or no government at all. ‘Tis the height of folly and madness to reject a necessary convenience, because it is not a perfect good.” – A Citizen of Philadelphia (Pelatiah […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Skimming the cream

August 29th, 2014 · No Comments

“The authority to lay and collect taxes is the most important of any power that can be granted; it connects with it almost all other powers, or at least will in process of time draw all other after it; it is the great mean of protection, security, and defence, in a good government, and the […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Voting oneself into slavery

August 28th, 2014 · No Comments

“When the people once part with power, they can seldom or never resume it again but by force. Many instances can be produced in which the people have voluntarily increased the powers of their rulers; but few, if any, in which rulers have willingly abridged their authority.” – Brutus I, New York Journal, October 18, […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Oligarchy is a word for it

August 27th, 2014 · No Comments

“An equality of property, with a necessity of alienation, constantly operating to destroy combinations of powerful families, is the very soul of a republic—While this continues, the people will inevitably possess both power and freedom; when this is lost, power departs, liberty expires, and a commonwealth will inevitably assume some other form.” – Noah Webster, […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Freedom’s just another word for having everything to lose

August 26th, 2014 · No Comments

“In civil society, political liberty consists in acting conformably to the sense of a majority of the society. In a free government, every man binds himself to obey the public voice, or the opinion of a majority; and the whole society engages to protect each individual. In such a government a man is free and […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Would you like another cup of tea, dear?

August 25th, 2014 · No Comments

“There are, in every society, some turbulent geniuses whose importance depends solely on faction.” – Noah Webster, “An Examination Into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution”

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Raise your eyes to the horizon

August 24th, 2014 · No Comments

“It is a false principle in the vulgar ideas of representation, that a man delegated by a particular district in a state, is the representative of that district only; whereas in truth a member of the legislature from any town or county, is the representative of the whole state. In passing laws, he is to […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

They constantly need to be reminded

August 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

“There is, in all nations, a tendency towards an accumulation of power in some point. It is the business of the legislator to establish some barriers to check that tendency.” – Noah Webster, “An Examination Into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution”

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

You go first

August 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

“In all free governments, that is, in all countries, where laws govern, and not men, the supreme magistrate should have it in his power to execute any law, however unpopular, without hazarding his person or office. The laws are the sole guardians of right, and when the magistrate dares not act, every person is insecure.” […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Voting ourselves into safe slavery

August 21st, 2014 · No Comments

“Scarce any people ever deliberately gave up their liberties; but many instances occur in history of their losing them forever by a rash and sudden act, to avoid a pressing inconvenience or gratify some violent passion of revenge or fear.” – An Old Whig (George Bryan, et al.), Independent Gazetteer, October 12, 1787

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

The jury is in

August 20th, 2014 · No Comments

“The impartial administration of justice, which secures both our persons and our properties, is the great end of civil society. But if that be entirely entrusted to the magistracy, a select body of men, and those generally selected by the prince or such as enjoy the highest offices in the state, their decisions, in spight […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Free speech zone behind this line

August 19th, 2014 · No Comments

“As long as the liberty of the press continues unviolated, and the people have the right of expressing and publishing their sentiments upon every public measure, it is next to impossible to enslave a free nation. The state of society must be very corrupt and base indeed, when the people in possession of such a […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

There might be other reasons

August 18th, 2014 · No Comments

“I began thinking about what makes a life worthwhile. And I thought of Pessoa and Kafka. We look at the lives of writers and consider them important, but what if we never discovered Pessoa’s trunk of books? What if Kafka’s work was never published? Would their lives have been worth living? And I thought of […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

Anybody got a flashlight?

August 17th, 2014 · No Comments

“The entire Internet can never be made ‘safe.’ Vast stretches of cyberspace are already ‘dark’—full of abandoned websites, discarded protocols, huge databases, and clandestine enterprises engaged in by both criminals and political dissidents. Like it or not such wild corners will endure, for the Internet remains a faithful mirror of the human soul, haunted by […]

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Tags: Economics · Verandah

Ring-ring goes the bell

August 16th, 2014 · No Comments

“It’s no secret that American education is extremely outdated. The long day divided into periods marked by bells, summer vacations, neat rows of desks, and the same subjects for everybody, were all meant to turn 19th century farm children into 20th century factory workers, clerks, and secretaries. It’s a painfully obsolete model.” – Jay Nelson, […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

What legislatures are for

August 15th, 2014 · No Comments

“When a court goes beyond the arguments raised in the parties’ briefs and starts creating law on its own, it loses the clarity that comes with subjecting a proposed rule to adversarial testing.” – Justice Anne M. Burke, The People of the State of Illinois v. Carlos Cregan

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Tags: Politics & Law

They might try to give you the bum’s rush

August 14th, 2014 · No Comments

“Beware of those who wish to influence your passions, and to make you dupes to their resentments and little interests—personal invectives can never persuade, but they always fix prejudices which candor might have removed—those who deal in them have not your happiness at heart. Attach yourselves to measures, not to men.” – Cato I, New […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

How it comes about

August 13th, 2014 · No Comments

“I agree to this Constitution, with all its Faults, if they are such: because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a […]

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Tags: Benjamin Franklin · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Abrumpo

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Today I posted “Abrumpo” to the “Previously Published Stories” sidebar. It was originally published in NOON last March. Diane Williams, NOON‘s editor, provided the title, tightened up the last two paragraphs, and provided the final two lines.

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Tags: Previously Published Stories · Words

Back to school

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments

“We have a War College, but no peace college.” – John Ketwig, …and a hard rain fell

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Verandah

Works for me

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

“If you want to live, it’s good to be friendly.” – Art Spiegelman, Maus II

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

And then we try to sell it

August 10th, 2014 · No Comments

“According to language, race, or nation, we set ourselves apart, and each pile up our filth to overtower the other’s.” – Ödön von Horváth, The Age of the Fish (Jugend ohne Gott) (trans. Thomas)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

Capital punishment

August 9th, 2014 · No Comments

“When the rich plebeians in old Rome feared that the people might succeed through their plan to reduce taxes, they sheltered behind a dictatorship. And they condemned to death for high treason the patrician Manlius Capitolinus, who with his riches had tried to free their plebeian debtors from their debts. They hurled him down from […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Rock gardening

August 8th, 2014 · No Comments

“Marriage is like a garden I reckon. After a while, no matter what you do, it’s all too much work for not enough reward. One day you’re pulling out the same weeds you pulled out last month, or trimming the low branches off the same tree you trimmed them off last year, and you start […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Verandah

A pickaxe will do

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments

“For me a work of fiction exists only insofar as it affords me what I shall bluntly call aesthetic bliss, that is a sense of being somehow, somewhere, connected with other states of being where art (curiosity, tenderness, kindness, ecstasy) is the norm. There are not many such books. All the rest is either topical […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Vladimir Nabokov

Handle with care

August 6th, 2014 · No Comments

“The hearts of small children are delicate organs. A cruel beginning in this world can twist them into curious shapes. The heart of a hurt child can shrink so that forever afterward it is hard and pitted as the seed of a peach. Or again, the heart of such a child may fester and swell […]

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Tags: Carson McCullers · Lit & Crit

Stick it in right there

August 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Love is a joint experience between two persons—but the fact that it is a joint experience does not mean that it is a similar experience to the two people involved. There are the lover and the beloved, but these two come from different countries. Often the beloved is only a stimulus for all the stored-up […]

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Tags: Carson McCullers · Lit & Crit

This will be on the exam

August 4th, 2014 · No Comments

“Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for education both demonstrate our recognition of the importance of education to our democratic society. It is required in the performance of our most basic public responsibilities, even service in the armed forces. It […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

There’s a good spot

August 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

“That supreme gift of the artist, the knowledge of when to stop.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder”

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Tags: Arthur Conan Doyle · Lit & Crit