Tag Archive | Thomas Jefferson

Usufruct

A rare, longish, overtly political blog post from me. Something that’s been on my mind the last couple days: In 1789, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to James Madison in which he makes the case that a federal bond should be paid within one generation of incurring the debt, because “the earth belongs in usufruct […]

New Orleans, Part 1

Home Night K. did a work project when she was in New Orleans last week for a conference. The area she was in was once a solidly middle-class neighborhood. Today, three-and-a-half years after Katrina, only 25 percent of the houses are occupied. Thirty-five percent of the homes are being worked on. The other 40 percent […]