Parents, stop hitting your children

I was spanked as a kid. Not very often, and not hard enough that I remember being traumatized or anything, but I definitely got my butt smacked a few times.  Thankfully, my parents and I have had a loving, respectful, and fulfilling relationship for as long as I can remember (teen angst included).  But now…

Society, Government, and Association

Thomas Paine wrote that “some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them, whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.”  He goes on to say that “society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary…