What kind of society do we want to live in? That's the philosophical question at the heart of the debate about the National Security Agency collecting call logs and Internet content on millions of Americans in the name of finding terrorists.
We seem to be in a transition period from a marvelously rich era of discovery in the last thirty years to an era in which new concepts and methods will be required to gain access to another range of powerful discoveries.
There is something fundamentally pro-American about much of the apparently anti-American content published in foreign newspapers. In this way, criticisms of America appeal to, and approve of, American ideals.