What’s our political future?

My crystal ball rolled off the table and broke, so I’ll have to guess. I didn’t think Donald Trump would win the presidency in 2016, so I don’t have a good track record. But hey, no one’s perfect. Economist Arnold Kling wrote a book called The Three Languages of Politics, and it’s an intriguing idea.Continue reading “What’s our political future?”

MS-13 are animals. We all are.

President Donald Trump called MS-13 gang members “animals.” E.J. Dionne from the Washington Post disagreed, saying that “It’s never right to call other human beings ‘animals.’” And writing for the National Review, Dennis Prager responded that Dionne reveals “the moral sickness at the heart of leftism.” Dionne thinks his position is beyond debate: “No matterContinue reading “MS-13 are animals. We all are.”

Feminism and incivility

Incivility is the order of the day. And this incivility finds its roots in moralistic self-righteousness, which leads to a sense of urgency where any means are justified. Such people don’t even realize they’ve abandoned their values. That’s one reason why President Donald Trump’s supporters are willing to excuse anything he does. But this phenomenon is notContinue reading “Feminism and incivility”

Is faith essential – even if you don’t believe in the supernatural?

Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind covers an enormous range of topics in 400 plus pages. But one (of many) ideas that got me thinking is his claim that we all believe in things that aren’t objectively real. Money is a cultural myth. Take money. Why do we think a green piece of paperContinue reading “Is faith essential – even if you don’t believe in the supernatural?”

Go ahead & vote for a third party if you want to. Well, maybe.

People say that a vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson is really a vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and/or Trump, depending on which poll you believe, respectively. Well, no one I know has actually said that. They say a third party vote is really a vote for someone else. But that logicContinue reading “Go ahead & vote for a third party if you want to. Well, maybe.”

Baby Boomers and Millennials don’t exist

Some say Millennials are really two generations – younger Millennials had different experiences growing up. And P.J. O’Rourke claims Baby Boomers are made up of four classes. I know what he means. My father was born in 1946. His youngest brother was born in 1964. Both are Baby Boomers, but they’re not from the sameContinue reading “Baby Boomers and Millennials don’t exist”

Trumbo: A Tangential Movie Review (Of Sorts)

Trumbo‘s been out for a while. I realize that. Somehow I missed it when it was in theaters, so I rented it from Redbox. Trumbo is based on a true story. I love that. And I love Bryan Cranston, who plays the lead character. I mean, who doesn’t love Bryan Cranston? Weirdos, that’s who. Trumbo follows the travails ofContinue reading “Trumbo: A Tangential Movie Review (Of Sorts)”

Anger’s Antidote: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Jerk

A recent discussion about Donald Trump’s hair (which fascinates me because it seems to defy the laws of physics and fashion) led to something more serious: there’s a lot of anger out there, which is maybe why Trump’s popularity increases when he says bigoted things about Mexicans, women, and others. Anger is nothing new. But certainContinue reading “Anger’s Antidote: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Jerk”