Bits and Bobs

The quote about freedom being the right to decide for oneself the meaning of the universe was officially authored by three Supreme Court Justices, O'Conner, Souter and Kennedy, the real conservatives on the court. But most court observers see Kennedy's style at work. I am not surprised. And the OED citation for the first use of the word "neoconservative" is from an 1883 edition of the Contemporary Review, in an article called "The Conservative Dilemma" by Henry Dunckley. Alas, I don't have the full context, so I don't know whether his meaning comes even faintly close to what we now call "neocons." Macdonald's reference clearly does. So Dwight still has it, unless any other readers can set us straight.