Fred Reed Says "Farewell" to Blogitorials
Sorry, Freddie, but I don't believe you for a second. You said almost exactly the same thing just over two years ago ("Taking a Break", September 28, 2007"), claiming that FOE was history. But you came back. We, your readers, knew you would. You see, Freddie, you're a born editorialist, an opinionator, a storyteller. You can no more not write than not breathe. There is simply too much within you that you feel compelled to share with the rest of the world, too many readers with whom you feel a philosophical and intellectual kinship, and, I suspect, a nagging feeling within you that to retire now would be to concede to the forces of evil now devouring what little remains of human freedom. I know that railing intelligently against the current political, economic, and social decay feels like banging your head against a brick wall, especially when the solutions, as you've taken pains to point out, are right in front of the world's collective noses. Still, as you acknowledge in your farewell message, you know you're making an impact. To paraphrase California's idiot governator, you'll be back.
Meanwhile, I do hope that you enjoy the temporary hiatus, which I have no doubt will be much longer than your last one. Do take the time to travel and enjoy your time with Violetta, Natalia, and your own two daughters. You're right about one thing - family comes first, above all else, and I'm glad that you're putting your money where your mouth is on that.
So in closing, I wish you God speed and good health. I and all the rest of your devoted readers will be here waiting for you whenever you choose to return, be that in two weeks or in two decades.
P.S. By the way, you might want to restructure the FOE site at some point in the near future so that your works are archived on separate web pages. Many of us like to link to your golden nuggets of wisdom to provide precious additional fuel for our crusade to set the world free again. Unfortunately, the site is set up as one great big flat file, with all works on one page. This makes direct linking to specific articles impossible. I think you mentioned a while back that you were trying to fix this, but I guess that has sort of fallen off the priority list now that you're taking a (let us hope) temporary sabbatical. If you need help with this archival purposes, drop me a note. I'd be glad to walk you through the process or set it up for you.