On this first morning of 2011, let me send New Year's greetings to the many folks who visit this site, and most particularly to those who have taken the time to post comments. The year just ended was an extraordinary experience for me, what with writing and posting an eight hundred page Memoir, a tutorial on formal methods in political philosophy, and countless other, shorter comments on the passing scene and meditations on larger questions. I am very grateful to all of you who have been generous enough to read what I have written, to comment on it, and even, or so it seems, to recommend this site to others. I am myself a compulsive web surfer, and it strikes me that the intellectual quality of the comments posted here is many orders of magnitude more elevated than the usual snarking comments posted on the more popular sites.
On a lighter note, here, reproduced verbatim, is an email I received this morning:
"Just a quick note to wish you a Happy New Year from us at Knesek Guns; We appreciate your continued support which has made 2010 one of our strongest years to date, and we're looking forward to a great 2011. If you haven't had a chance yet - make sure to pick up a copy of Jan 2011 Tactical Weapons for Military and Police - Check out this exerpt article on the XM408 weapon system: http://www.knesekguns.com/thor.pdf - this system is capable of long range shooting beyond 2,000m - one of the most impressive systems we currently offer
Visit our website when you have a free moment to check out some of the great new products we'll be offering for the coming year.
Thanks again, and take care!
DIRECTOR OF SALES
Nowe, I ask you. What mailing list have I gotten myself onto that brings me messages like this?
Here is the reply I sent:
"Hi, many thanks for writing to me. Since I am totally committed to banning all such weapons systems from sale anywhere in the world, I think it is very big minded of you to write to me.
Have a happy new year."
I can snark with the best of them.