The Corner


This has been a tougher-than-normal year, but I have a lot to be thankful for: my family remains fed and sheltered, I’ve managed to find professional opportunities in a rotten economy, and the Detroit Lions will go for their third win of the season this afternoon even though it’s not even December yet.

I’m also thankful for the sacrifices of others. Earlier this week, I signed a copy of The First Assassin for a soldier who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan.

I’m thankful that so many Americans are willing to risk their lives to protect our freedom. I’m thankful that modern medicine can rescue them from terrible injuries that would have been fatal just a generation or two ago. And I’m thankful that guys like me have the chance to write pieces of entertainment that may help with their rehabilition in some small way.

A year ago today, terrorists attacked civilians in Mumbai, killing 166 people. We live in a dangerous world–but one in which it is still possible to sleep peacefully because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.