Tag Archives: Big Government
George Orwell

Have you actually read ’1984′?

Earlier in the week I wrote about Big Brother and the modern surveillance state. Believe it or not, neither post got as much attention as my discussion of “Fluffy Cows” or Internet trolls. Even so, it appears that vast numbers of Americans are suddenly interested in George Orwell’s dystopian vision for the world of the […]

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Image source: Deviant Art

Government overreach in the era of partisan politics

I worry that most Americans have forgotten the story of Goldilocks. In some sense, the little girl’s adventures in the home of the three bears was a story about moderation. Papa Bear’s porridge was too hot, Mama’s was too cold, but Baby Bear’s was just right, or something to that effect. Goldilocks popped into my […]

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Freedom of the Press: How important is it?

I suppose you could say I have a vested interest in this question given my day job, but for most folks in a “trade media” such as agriculture, we have this Jekyll & Hyde facet to our personality that allows us to be part of the media, and still cuss The Media at the same […]

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Andy Vance, circa 1998

The Bastardization of the American Dream

I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds – achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years. […]

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President Barack Obama

Dispatch dissects Obama’s shortcomings

While I am not entirely surprised that The Columbus Dispatch endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for President – the paper has something of a reputation for having left-leaning reporting and right-tilting commentary – I am impressed with the quality of analysis in their endorsement. If there are any undecided voters left in the most critical battleground […]

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