John Gray has been described as a secular prophet, a soothsayer fond of nihilism. If so one should expect prophetic language, secular jeremiads impugning contemporary political theory. His central message is stark. Tear away the thin veneer of civilization and one finds an allegorical everyman nothing […]
Remember in 2009 when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a poorly translated “reset” button? Or Donald Trump saying recently that if he ascends to the White House in 2016, U.S.-Russian relations will improve, as he and President […]
I enjoyed O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies. And he followed it up with an hour show on each character. So we had bad guys, Good guys, and maybe some psychos. But I always get a kick out of O’Reilly’s take that this is all true and […]
This article addresses a crucial element in the case to prove the existence of God, but not the final element.
It considers the phenomena of scientific knowledge, philosophical understanding, and religious revelation, or prophecy, and shows that they are all saying the same thing, only in different ‘tongues’. They all recognize and rely on the […]
Let me now publicly reveal my long love affair with John Maynard Keynes. On June 5th, stationed on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, I raised my annual toast to the memory of this great man on the anniversary of his birth.
This year […]
I have written that philosophy is at risk of rendering itself an extravagant academic indulgence. By that I mean it risks becoming so obscure as to be of no relevance to our everyday actions and behavior.
On the philosophy of science, the physicist Steven Weinberg went so far as to say this: “… I found […]
American Sniper is a great book. It explains how a war should be fought and what a real hero looks like. It is easy. Obama is not a hero. He has never put his life on the line and he never will. And the art of fighting a […]
Regardless of your political leaning, it’s probably fair to say that the Bush 43 administration had both some positives and negatives for the United States, and depending on your politics that list goes one way […]
This will be a tough write. But let’s start with the book and the title. The book is At Home by Bill Bryson. And it is about all the changes that took place around the 1850’s. It appears about that time give or take about 30 […]
The story of Adam and Eve directly challenges the current conviction that reason is an infallible mechanism for the advancement of civilization.
But before we get to that, the first question to address is whether the story of Adam and Eve refers to two particular individuals, or is a generic reference to the first of […]
A specter, to paraphrase the opening line of The Communist Manifesto, is haunting America. That specter is the economics profession itself.
Economics has become immersed in arcane modeling. Modeling does not really […]
Americans have a deep ambivalence about the role of First Lady.
In a 1992 segment of Nightline correspondent Jackie Judd observed,
Americans are most comfortable, for example, with first ladies who are gracious, stand […]
In the book “Stonewalled”, Sharyl Attkisson shows the answer is “yes”.
Myself, I had thought that the Fast and Furious scheme was simply an effort to trace how guns get to Mexican Cartels, and that though it went horribly wrong, it was non-political.
And indeed […]
Early man was like a house wired for light, but for a long time was in darkness; then a switch was thrown, and the house was full of light.
Humans became conscious beings; conscious of their own existence, their own mortality, and their own actions.
That sums up Chapter 2 of Genesis, which goes back […]
Day Six is an account of the ‘programming’ of human DNA to form the neurological structures in the brain that give us the ability to distinguish between right and wrong.
It explains why the human brain has three distinct faculties – morality, reason and instinct. The interaction between these neurological faculties is what accounts for […]
If there is one thing that many American citizens are missing today, it is a appreciation for the constitution. Not just as a document, but as something greater that was created for a specific purpose. What is missing is an understanding of the reasons behind the different […]
The king is dead…long live the king
Killing a king is serious business – even the most dedicated to their cause must undoubtedly feel a moment of trepidation before the deed is done and fear for what may come after. In 1649 several dozen Englishmen […]
Most people today have heard of S. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, due to the company’s high-profile conflicts over its Christian values, but there was an original chicken billionaire whose chickens are also still around today. Frank Perdue, the longtime CEO of Perdue Farms, […]
Inspired by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s account of a Soviet labor camp revolt in Gulag Archipelago, Volume III, the story of FORTY DAYS AT KAMAS follows political prisoners and security officials at a corrective labor camp in Kamas, Utah, where inmates seize control during the summer of 2024.
Day Five introduces instinct and reason to the universe, and thus establishes the basis for what will become evil, or sin, and eventually the entire concept of crime.
On a reading of Day Five, that may seem like a rather peculiar conclusion to draw, but I would urge the reader to bear with me. It […]
Day Four of Genesis gives us the second fundamental principle of morality, the principle that is the foundation of justice – equality under the law.
Day Four begins by confirming that the process of transforming the quantum universe into the Classical universe was complete. And according to Genesis, central to the process was the observation […]
Most of us have probably been pretty happy about the relatively low gas prices we’ve been enjoying since late last year. Not surprisingly, however, environmentalists driving to the latest Keystone pipeline protest aren’t quite as joyful. Lower gas prices generally mean increased consumption […]