Devils Of Manhattan

You might remember this from a post of mine about a year ago: Now, thats a set-up for me to tell you about a strange telephone call I received yesterday. Ive hesitated about whether or not to blog about it. The caller, an old friend from whom I hadnt heard i… [+14466 chars]

Why Books Remain, Overrated Wittgenstein, and the End of Christian Europe

Books have been declared dead since the nineteenth century. Theyre still with us and will be for the foreseeable future: In 1835, Théophile Gautiers novel Mademoiselle de Maupin declared that the newspaper is killing the book, as the book killed architecture.… [+5759 chars]

Trashing Unwoke Books

This week, dumpsters were filled with books that should have left decades ago @TWPSchools and replaced with engaging, relevant, culturally diverse literature. pic.twitter.com/MoRoV1txsL Melissa Barnett (@melissa_lbi) September 19, 2019 https://platform.twi… [+5189 chars]

Why Evidence of Iran’s Role in Attack Doesn’t Matter

The stunning success of Saturdays drone attack on Saudi Arabias main oil export processing center has brought the Iran crisis to a new and pivotal point. It has demonstrated that Iran has significant capability to pressure the United States to end its war on … [+6389 chars]

<i>The Road to Serfdom</i> is Still the Best Indictment of Centralized Power

It isn’t often that a social science book sells hundreds of thousands copies and is read by millions around the world, even decades after it was first published. It’s even less common if the author is, according to mainstream accounts, an obscure Austrian eco… [+6818 chars]

Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Billy Pilgrim’ Turns 50

Edward Joe Crone Jr. was a gawky Dumbo-eared boy from the Rochester, New York, suburb of Brighton. Nicknamed Goony by the urchin wits of the Twelve Corners neighborhood, he was seemingly born to misplay right field. The highlight of his high school years was … [+4467 chars]

Bye-Bye Bibi: Why Netanyahu Failed

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus old bag of tricks failed him in Israels second round of elections Tuesday. It now appears that the electorate has rejected his divisive rhetoric, attacks on the judiciary and press, imminent indictment on a raft of corruptio… [+9817 chars]

What If They Had A War And Nobody Came?

President Donald Trump does not want war with Iran. America does not want war with Iran. Even the Senate Republicans are advising against military action in response to that attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. “All of us (should) get together and exchan… [+4743 chars]

Meeting the Transgender Moment

School administrators and sports organizations are facing new questions about transgender athletes. Medical professionals are weighing how best to treat transgender patients. The Trump administration and the military are waging with internal battles over tran… [+6605 chars]

Trump Appoints ‘Bolton Lite’

Ending a frantic search that dominated early autumn in Washington, President  Donald Trump announced Robert C. OBrien, the establishmentarian administration hostage negotiator, as his fourth national security advisor Wednesday. I am pleased to announce that … [+4334 chars]