"That Rug Really Tied the Room Together"
Personal Opinions:

MLA is a shit citation style.

APA is worse.

I’ll take Chicago any day thank you very much.

Just makes much more sense in a paper.

Historian citation styles for the win!!!!

I wish they had book fairs at my college.

Like the scholastic book fairs.

I would be so happy.


My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

~ John F. Kennedy

(via american-writer)

"In a much quoted passage in his inaugural address, President Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." Neither half of the statement expresses a relation between the citizen and his government that is worthy of the ideals of free men in a free society. The paternalistic “what your country can do for you” implies that government is the patron, the citizen the ward, a view that is at odds with the free man’s belief in his own responsibility for his own destiny. The organismic, “what you can do for your ‘country” implies the government is the master or the deity, the citizen, the servant or the votary.

To the free man, the country is the collection of individuals who compose it, not something over and above them. He is proud of a common heritage and loyal to common traditions. But he regards government as a means, an instrumentality, neither a grantor of favors and gifts, nor a master or god to be blindly worshipped and served. He recognizes no national goal except as it is the consensus of the goals that the citizens severally serve. He recognizes no national purpose except as it is the consensus of the purposes for which the citizens severally strive.

The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country. He will ask rather “What can I and my compatriots do through government” to help us discharge our individual responsibilities, to achieve our several goals and purposes, and above all, to protect our freedom?

And he will accompany this question with another: How can we keep the government we create from becoming a Frankenstein that will destroy the very freedom we establish it to protect?

Freedom is a rare and delicate plant. Our minds tell us, and history confirms, that the great threat to freedom is the concentration of power. Government is necessary to preserve our freedom, it is an instrument through which we can exercise our freedom; yet by concentrating power in political hands, it is also a threat to freedom. Even though the men who wield this power initially be of good will and even though they be not corrupted by the power they exercise, the power will both attract and form men of a different stamp.” - Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom.

I’m going to have to agree with Milton Friedman on this.


Some of the better ones.



Some of the better ones.


My Reading List

Essay by Milton Friedman “Why Government is the Problem.” Just finished it.

"The Road to Serfdom" by F.A. Hayek. About to start it.

"Capitalism and Freedom" by Milton Friedman. I am excited about reading this one.

It will be nice to read these books before I have to start researching for the next semester. The latter half of summer is going to be dedicated to readings for my classes next fall.