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The late Mr. Justice Holmes once divided good lawyers into “razors” and “good kitchen knives.” Doubtless this omits many other varieties—guillotines (like Cecil Radcliffe), rapiers with not much edge but the finest points (like John Sparrow), etc., but under that classification Herbert Hart is a slender bread-knife. . .
–Isaiah Berlin, in a letter to Henry Price, Dec. 18, 1944 in: Isaiah Berlin Letters: 1928-1946, p. 511 (H. Hardy ed. 2004).
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Number of U.S. congressional districts in which trade with China has produced more jobs than it has cost:
Young bilingual children who learned one language first are likelier than monolingual children and bilingual children who learned languages simultaneously to say that a dog adopted by owls will hoot.
An Oklahoma legislative committee voted to defund Advanced Placement U.S. History courses, accusing the curriculum of portraying the United States as “a nation of oppressors and exploiters.”
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