I think if I hear one more person use the phrases 'Wall Street' and 'Main Street' in the same sentence, I'm gonna scream. Are all the political experts, pundits, and newspeople really so unimaginative?
In looking around for stuff on Wallace I noticed something odd. In last November's Atlantic, Foster wrote:
Are some things still worth dying for? Is the American idea* one such thing? Are you up for a thought experiment? What if we chose to regard the 2,973 innocents killed in the atrocities of 9/11 not as victims but as democratic martyrs, “sacrifices on the altar of freedom”?* In other words, what if we decided that a certain baseline vulnerability to terrorism is part of the price of the American idea? And, thus, that ours is a generation of Americans called to make great sacrifices in order to preserve our democratic way of life—sacrifices not just of our soldiers and money but of our personal safety and comfort?
In still other words, what if we chose to accept the fact that every few years, despite all reasonable precautions, some hundreds or thousands of us may die in the sort of ghastly terrorist attack that a democratic republic cannot 100-percent protect itself from without subverting the very principles that make it worth protecting?
Is this thought experiment monstrous? Would it be monstrous to refer to the 40,000-plus domestic highway deaths we accept each year because the mobility and autonomy of the car are evidently worth that high price?
I could have sworn that Bill Maher (or perhaps one of his panelists) made this very case last week or the week before. I searched around the web and couldn't find the video to double-check.
Anybody know anything about this? Is someone plagiarizing?
For those of you who haven't heard, Misa and I are getting married next year. We haven't yet picked a date, or a place, or much else for that matter. The planning is shaping up to be a lot more difficult than I would have thought.
Since I am of the brain dump school, I've created a blog so that I'll have a place to put information pertaining to the wedding. My hope is to create a resource for others' future nuptials and to thereby leave a trail of e-bread crumbs to navigate the labyrinthine path that is wedding planning in Tokyo.