Ta-Nahesi Coates Puts His Foot in His Mouth on the Civil War

We have, as the basis for the latest skirmish in the perpetual relevance of America’s Civil War, the appearance by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on the October … Continue Reading →


Reports That Mark Zuckerberg Wants Your Soul Are Greatly Exaggerated

Facebook, not content to be the receptacle of your selfies and meal pics, has decided to be the object of your soul. Or at least, that is what you would … Continue Reading →


Dana Loesch’s NRA Video Reveals the Left’s Good Cop, Bad Cop Routine

An NRA video featuring Dana Loesch recently went viral, & the reaction to it provides a fine microcosm of our public discussion for us to consider. Commentators for mainstream websites … Continue Reading →


Dennis Prager and the Coming of Civil War 2

Certainly, we might say that our society is in a political crisis—the transfer of power following our recent election may have been the least smooth such transition since 1861. How … Continue Reading →


Strauss it up, I’ll take it: Leo Strauss & Straussianism

Leo Strauss was born on this day in 1899. Counterfactuals can’t happen, but he probably saved the world from the monopoly of interpretations of Plato like Karl Popper’s. Probably the … Continue Reading →


Hayek, Nietzsche, Aristotle & the mincome

So, I was talking to some people about the mincome last week. I sorta support it, but with Hayek’s condition: in order to have the largest amount of wealth to … Continue Reading →


Richard Posner’s phony apology for saying that studying the Constitution has “no value”

Celebrated Appeals Court judge Richard Posner recently caused quite a stir when he wrote for Slate that, “I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, … Continue Reading →


We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Founding Myth

This is a writing that I did for the Fourth of July in 2015 on Facebook, with some added emphasis since Facebook doesn’t allow italics. It is followed by an … Continue Reading →


#CaseStudy Status Anxiety and the Question “What Do You Do?”

When you meet someone at a party, you should think twice before asking “what do you do?”–at least that is the message of a short video Alain de Botton did … Continue Reading →


Socrates: the Ironic Midwife

I hear about the Socratic method quite often. Doncha know? You have a discussion based on asking questions to explore a topic more deeply than you could if you were … Continue Reading →