What purpose is served by an exchange of gifts?

I had thought about writing something about gift giving before Christmas, but it might have looked as though I was complaining about how difficult it can be to buy gifts for people who seem to have just about everything they need already. (Perhaps I might even now be wandering into dangerous territory.)

In the . . . → Read More: What Purpose is Served by an Exchange of Gifts?

Rule of law: A pair of stories

One essential feature of the rule of law is transparency. When a government says something, it must say why it said so. This  is important from three points of view:

A government that does not need to explain itself is one that has arbitrary power. When a policeman can tell you that you’re prohibited . . . → Read More: Rule of Law: A Pair of Stories