"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, December 16, 2011

Birthday Today - Ode to Joy Edition

It's Beethoven's 341st birthday today.   Given the season, it seems like a good time to revisit some of the most beautiful music ever made:

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