So cold that my tears froze to my cheeks. Yummy French toast sticks at school when nothing at home struck a tasty chord.
The class is doing a project using blankets. Zoe brought one with her name on it and was glad to have it for this morning’s chilly ride to school. She was snug as a bug in the buggy pulled by dad.
As a special treat today, my mom went in to drop Zoe off at school today too. We didn’t ride the bike, sadly.
Wikileaks and the Long Haul
Like a lot of people, I am conflicted about Wikileaks.
Citizens of a functioning democracy must be able to know what the state is saying and doing in our name, to engage in what Pierre Rosanvallon calls ???counter-democracy???*, the democracy of citizens distrusting rather than legitimizing the actions of the state. Wikileaks plainly improves those abilities.
On the other hand, human systems can???t stand pure transparency. For negotiation to work, people???s stated positions have to change, but change is seen, almost universally, as weakness. People trying to come to consensus must be able to privately voice opinions they would publicly abjure, and may later abandon. Wikileaks plainly damages those abilities. (If Aaron Bady???s analysis is correct, it is the damage and not the oversight that Wikileaks is designed to create.*)
And so we have a tension between two requirements for democratic statecraft, one that can???t be resolved, but can be brought to an acceptable equilibrium. Indeed, like the virtues of equality vs. liberty, or popular will vs. fundamental rights, it has to be brought into such an equilibrium for democratic statecraft not to be wrecked either by too much secrecy or too much transparency.
This is what happens when you forget to open another day on the Advent calendar before leaving for school because you planned to get biscuits from McDonalds on the way to school and had to get out the door quickly.
She likes it because it has a pink horsey on it. I like it because it makes her happy.