Davos: Peering Behind the Elite Curiosity Curtain

Thomas Mann, the German Nobel laureate and author of The Magic Mountain, made Davos famous for its mystical and curative powers. For him, it was a sanatorium to overcome the disease, psychological stress, and damage inflicted by modern life. In some ways, it remains so. These are my personal impressions as a former executive board

By | 2020-01-19T22:21:10-07:00 January 19th, 2020|Tags: |

There Are Great Books

Those classics that are called the Great Books are most closely associated with Mortimer J. Adler and Robert Hutchins.1 When Hutchins became president of the University of Chicago in 1929, he hired Adler to teach philosophy in the law school and the psychology department. Upon arriving, Adler, rather brashly he admits, recommended to Hutchins a

By | 2020-01-04T00:52:56-07:00 January 4th, 2020|Tags: |

Americanism and the Spirit of American Liberty

In 1782, just as the American War of Independence was coming to an end, Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, who had come to North America from France in 1755 and by 1765 had settled in New York, published Letters from an American Farmer. In it, he asked a fascinating and enduring question: “What then is

By | 2019-12-20T21:20:44-07:00 December 20th, 2019|Tags: |

A Science-Based Case for Ending the Porn Epidemic

They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. I think many readers of this article will respond with outrage, and many will see it says things they already knew to be true—and I think these two groups will largely overlap. The most powerful obstacle to confronting a destructive addiction is denial, and

By | 2020-01-13T15:38:06-07:00 December 15th, 2019|Tags: |

The Tortoise and the Hare of Modernity Reconsidered

Not to be overly paradoxical about it, but the names Donald Trump, Adam Schiff, and Jerry Nadler will not appear in this essay. Like you, I am weary of that shrill and unproductive static. Let us, then, take a brief holiday and consider a different sort of problem, a problem that stands behind—admittedly pretty far

By | 2019-12-07T19:14:52-07:00 December 7th, 2019|Tags: |

The YouTube Channel That Never Happened

“Six hundred years ago, when elsewhere they were footing the blame for the Black Death, Casimir the Great—so-called—told the Jews they could come to Krakow. They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. With nothing they came and with nothing they

By | 2019-11-16T14:35:09-07:00 November 16th, 2019|Tags: |

How Trump Can Declare War on the Homeless-Industrial Complex

California’s homeless crisis is now visible to everyone living in the state. Along with tens of thousands of homeless who are concentrated in various parts of major cities, additional thousands are widely dispersed. If you drive into most major urban centers, you will see tent encampments along freeway junctions, under bridges, along frontages, and beside

By | 2019-11-01T21:20:41-07:00 October 31st, 2019|Tags: |

The Politics, Science, and Politicized Science of Climate Change

Pushing through the market square, so many mothers sighing News had just come over, we had five years left to cry in News guy wept and told us, earth was really dying Cried so much his face was wet, then I knew he was not lying –David Bowie, “Five Years” (1971) One has to wonder

By | 2019-10-26T00:53:59-07:00 October 25th, 2019|Tags: |

How to Win the War for America’s Soul

The radical fringe of the Democratic Party, the extremists of the 1960s and 1970s, have become the “mainstream.” Bernie Sanders, the avowed Vermont socialist who honeymooned in the Soviet Union, almost won the Democrats’ nomination for president in 2016 (only to have Hillary Clinton steal it with her “superdelegates.”), and the old radicals have now

By | 2019-10-19T17:44:29-07:00 October 19th, 2019|Tags: |

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