The Darkest Hours

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children […]

Seeing

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Winston Churchill By Dr. Jim Ferguson Each spring I welcome the special color of green suffused with a hint of yellow (read Robert Frost’s beautiful poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”). And […]

Tech-Lords

“There are only two industries that refer to their customers as “users”: illegal drugs and software.” Edward Tufte, Yale Professor Emeritus By Dr. Jim Ferguson Have you seen it? Though I am no fan of Netflix, their documentary The Social Dilemma must be watched, especially if you have children or grandkids. And I recommend you […]

Prosperity or Revolution?

“Liberals claim to want to give you a hearing to other points of view and are then shocked and offended when they discover there are other points of view.” William F. Buckley By Dr. Jim Ferguson I find myself confused in these troublesome times and worry about my children and grandchildren. I ask myself how […]

Insanity

  When debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the losers. Socrates <a href=”mailto:fergusonj@knoxfocus.com”>By Dr. Jim Ferguson </a>   It happens every quadrennial October just before the Presidential election, so why should we be surprised that history repeats itself? This time it’s not some tape of male locker room braggadocio, a decade old DWI […]

Pugilists

By Dr. Jim Ferguson There is no difference between communism and socialism except the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism – by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide. Ayn Rand I made myself watch it as an exercise in civic duty. Presidential […]

Stress Tests

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Our world is not divided by race, color, gender or religion. Our world is divided into wise people and fools. And fools divide themselves by race, color, gender or religion.” Nelson Mandela   These days we hear a lot about divisiveness and especially the generational characteristics of millennials. I have written […]

Anarchy

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “When compared to the suppression of anarchy, every other question sinks into insignificance. The anarchist is the enemy of humanity, the enemy of all mankind…his is a deeper degree of criminality than any other.” Teddy Roosevelt, 1908   Humans tend to think that their moment in time or their experience is […]

Alliteration

“Those who say they have no interest in the affairs of the polis (city-state), we say they have no business here at all.” (paraphrased from The Funeral Oration) Pericles of Athens 490 BC   By Dr. Jim Ferguson I like alliteration and lately I have been considering words beginning with the letter “L.” Last week […]

Malevolence

Malevolence

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” George Orwell. Well, Boo Radley has come out. You remember, the character played by Robert Duval in the movie adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” However, I’m referring to Joe […]