Locke is not a good choice. Clearly Tom Paine is much better.
Seriously though, I'm glad finally somebody alluded to this. Orson Scott Card's classic Ender's Game, very early on, you have the thought that he was half-right. Much like Arthur C. Clarke, who predicted we'd all have free long-distance by the first of January 2000. He was half-right - we have peer-to-peer communication, just not (usually) with a phone (unless you set up Skype).
I also have a slightly more optimistic (though no less cynical) view of the efficacy of the blogosphere than Mr. XKCD does.
There should be a list of science fiction for conservatives. I mean, outside of the complete works of Heinlein.
I enjoy these occasional reminders that the GOP is officially out of the small government game. The GOP is suddenly a champion of Medicare, a smaller version of one possible incarnation of Obama's healthcare package.
1) The GOP has always been at war with Eastasia I mean uh, always supported Medicare.
2) The GOP sees a way to pander to scared senior citizens and is eager to ignore its supposed principles to get votes.
I have no problem with maneuvering for votes, but come on guys - at least go through the motions of pretending to stand for some principles, like small government.
Focused on expanding liberal democracy and individual material well-being in the twenty-first century through: 1) Drawing attention to the world's fastest-growing superpower China, its repressive government, and its international strategy. 2) Emphasizing the rational and moral basis of democracy and free markets.