Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2004 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
I'd say "stay in school, kids," but I think that would mean I should go to grad school. Since my only real postgraduate options are law, academe, and education of mewling brats, I'll instead say "try not to graduate during a recession, kids."
I remember the word "Antinomian" mentioned in public school in the same breath as Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson. Mostly I remember an explanation involving salvation by faith and not needing churches. I wish I'd learnt the more interesting heresy of which Hutchinson was accused. But in a sense, I don't want kids to have access to such dangerous intellectual weapons. If I have kids, they won't get to read Max Weber till they're out of my house. I don't want to ever hear, "your authority over me is only traditional! I want a rational-legal framework and I want it NOW!"