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Freedom of Speech Painting

Norman Rockwell’s 1942 painting Freedom of Speech was a huge success. (This was one of four paintings he did to illustrate President Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. See Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms and Rockwell’s Four Freedoms.) Rockwell himself liked it the best … Continue reading

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Rockwell’s Four Freedoms

Norman Rockwell’s famous paintings of the Four Freedoms are shown below: These paintings illustrate the Four Freedoms that President Franklin Roosevelt introduced in a speech to Congress in January 1941: Freedom of speech Freedom of worship Freedom from want Freedom … Continue reading

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Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms

The photo to the left shows President Franklin Roosevelt giving his annual Message to Congress (what we now call the State of the Union address) on January 6, 1941. This became known as the Four Freedoms speech. Two months earlier, … Continue reading

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Copenhagen – the play

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn is a fascinating play about uncertainty, complementarity, friendship, morality, and the atomic bomb. Most of these themes are familiar words, but what the heck is complementarity? Copenhagen is based on an historical event, a meeting in … Continue reading

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Through the power of his words, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn helped change the world. He wrote about Russia, the country in which he was born and where he died. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His writings helped bring about the … Continue reading

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2008 Financial Crisis: What can we learn?

Financial markets crashed ten years ago. See my previous post for what happened and comments about the graph to the left. This post is about lessons that we can learn from that crisis. What caused the 2008 financial crisis? People … Continue reading

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2008 Financial Crisis: What happened?

Financial markets crashed ten years ago. What happened? If we are to learn from the past, we must first remember the past. In September 2008 I was the CEO of a financial institution – Yankee Farm Credit, part of the … Continue reading

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Free Speech Pioneers

Matthew Lyon was the first person to be fined and imprisoned under the Sedition Act of 1798, one of four federal laws passed that year known as the Alien and Sedition Acts. His crime: public criticism of President John Adams … Continue reading

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Bennington Battle Day

Today is a state holiday in Vermont – Bennington Battle Day, commemorating the Battle of Bennington in the American Revolution on August 16, 1777. The year 1777 was a pivotal year in our history. For Vermonters, that was the year … Continue reading

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The Enlightenment Is Working

Steven Pinker had an interesting essay in this past weekend’s Wall Street Journal: The Enlightenment Is Working Dr. Pinker is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. The essay is adapted from his new book out today: Enlightenment Now: The … Continue reading

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