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: |

The Backward Logic of Cancel Culture Apologists

The tiresome subject of “cancel culture” is now, unfortunately, one that cannot responsibly be avoided. An old tweet surfaces, and all of a sudden a comedian, an actor, or even some hapless, powerless citizen, is at the center of an online tribunal. A series of recent events have enlivened the debate. Comedian Shane Gillis lost

By | 2019-10-06T20:07:20-07:00 October 5th, 2019|Tags: |

Globalism: A View Based on Nietzsche’s Thinking

I would like to share a short reflection with you on the subject of globalism, from a reading of Friedrich Nietzsche. In The Will to Power, a book that some say does not exist, since it would have been composed from fragments chosen by Nietzsche’s sister—that is an interesting controversy, by the way. But the

By | 2019-09-28T17:45:21-07:00 September 28th, 2019|Tags: |

The War on Common Sense

When Thomas Paine appealed to “common sense” to make the case for American independence, it probably never crossed his mind that there would ever be a need to make the case for common sense itself, at least not in America. But common-sense thinking has fallen out of favor. Because it has been under attack for

By | 2019-09-26T21:59:47-07:00 September 14th, 2019|Tags: |

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