It's fun to ask what a guy like Ben Franklin would say about how we do things today. Among other things, it's almost certain he'd be aghast about the President's "big-government conservative" State of the Union promises. He'd probably have some nasty words for Kofi Annan, whose response to the international cartoon controversy makes a mockery of the free press.
On the upside, police in Utah have found it's easier to handle drug crime when the possessors call them.
Good news for market thinking: more X-Prizes are on the way. They're privately-funded inducement prizes for progress in areas like education and nanotechnology.