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  • Writer's picturePete Jonson

Henry Thornton, No. 76

Henry Ergas, 'Voting No'.


'Were the No camp to prevail, few options would be permanently foreclosed.' If the Yes case prevailed, the voice would be entrenched in the Constitution. ... There is consequently a choice that is practically irreversible and one that isn't'.'


'Thucydidus, a hardened Athenian general who was neck-deep in the mud of human condition as it is rather than as romantics fancied it to be, set the pace with his warning: 'No habit is more engrained in mankind than to entrust to careless hope what they long for, while using sovereign reason to thrust aside what they do not fancy.''


Several examples of great men's views provide excellent discussion. The view of 'Yes' fails.


'Perhaps that is all one can expect from our academics, so many of whom have abanded an intellectual tradition they scarcley understand'.


And in the final point: 'Well, denounce me as a rectionary, if you wish; but given the choice, I would rather stick with Thusydidus, Aristotle, Cicero, Bayes, Hale, Hume, Burke and Madison any day.'


This September 29 offering presents an excellent view of great men and a final comment that I cannot do anything but cheer.





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