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— By Charles Foster, University of Oxford To be clear, and in the hope of heading off some trolls, I would like to make two observations. First, of course I don’t welcome the epidemic. It will cause death, worry, inconvenience and great physical and economic suffering. Lives and livelihoods will be destroyed. The burden will fall disproportionately on the old, the weak and the poor. And second, these suggestions are rather trite. They should be obvious to reasonably reflective people of average moral sensibility. That said, here goes: 1. It will make us realise that national boundaries are artificial The...

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To make a fine gentleman, several trades are required, but chiefly a barber.

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To make a fine gentleman, several trades are required, but chiefly a barber.

Oliver Goldsmith   With China dominating the news of late, first with the protests in Hong Kong and now with the start and spread of the coronavirus, I find myself thinking more and more about my father-in-law.  He was born in China, in 1924, in a small village in a northern province.  Intelligent, strong, tall, and handsome, he had every expectation to build a secure and successful life in the country of his birth. Yet like many Chinese people of his generation, the communist revolution changed the arc of his story.  Starting in 1946, after the defeat of the occupying...

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