George Washington

Do You Know It’s George Washington’s Birthday?

Today is George Washington’s birthday, the original inspiration for what we now know as Presidents’ Day. The holiday was shifted from February 22 to the third Monday of February under the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act, aimed at giving the nation’s workers more three-day weekends—just what bureaucrats need. But I wonder, do college students know […]

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‘Being Offended Is Not a Plus for You’

Excerpts from Ian McEwan’s commencement speech at Dickinson College, May 17, 2015 I would like to share a few thoughts with you about free speech. Let’s begin on a positive note: there is likely more free speech, free thought, free enquiry on earth now than at any previous moment in recorded history (even taking into […]

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