Each generation has its own conceptualization of the American dream, and ours is unraveling. In a recent Time article, Kurt Andersen argues that the current financial crisis is not just a temporary break from the normal course; rather, it is the end of a 30 year era of excess that was itself a break from the normal course. Our parents' generation can recall a more modest (if idealist
Readers of the "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" are probably familiar with the image of the entire kingdom beginning to thaw as the spell of the evil witch is lifted. Creatures that were frozen begin to come back to life, rivers begin to flow again, the entire realm breaks into spring, and so on. . .
Murderers, thieves, rapists and drug dealers walk freely among us. We count on the police to do the best they can to catch as many of these people as possible, but do not expect that every case will be solved nor every criminal apprehended. The best we can hope for is that those that are caught, whether by their own carelessness or by diligent police work, are brought to justice. For this reason we encourage the police to engage in crime fighting as a competitive and adversarial enterprise.