On National Honor

“You don’t think national honor is worth it?” I asked.

“We have no compunction about deciding that certain life-saving medical treatments are too expensive to be cost-effective,” Mr. Magundi replied, “so I see no reason why we shouldn’t at least debate the cost of national honor. ‘Millions for defense but not one cent for tribute’ is a fine and ringing slogan. But if we did budget one cent for tribute and free up the millions, we’d have quite a bit to spend on other things, like health care or a trip to the zoo.”

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