As finals loom, my free time gradually withers. But I still found time to go see Michael Novak. And he was great. He analyzed the prospects of political liberty, i.e. democracy in the Islamic and especially Arab world. There wasn't much time for questions, and I wish he could have responded to the question of whether democracy could be implemented by force. However, I thought he gave many reasons why democracy was possible in the Middle East (universal love of freedom, suffering faced under other systems, the Islamic view of democracy and liberality, etc), and just as many why it wasn't (poor showing by Western Democracies, lack of will to continue, lack of faith, etc). I thought it was a very informative talk, and if I ever get time, I'm going to try to delve into his books.