In Defense of Troublemakers: The Power of Dissent in Life and Business
A Fortune 500 CEO who repeatedly voiced his desire to entertain a wide range of thinking once publicly clarified that position for me. Skepticism, he averred, is good. It shows your mind is working. Just don’t make a habit of it.
I’m pretty sure Charlan Nemeth would find at least half Continue reading
The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror
It isn’t always easy, amid all this demonizing, to remember there was a time when the world east of the Bosporus beckoned.
Even though the charges of imperialism, cultural appropriation, and intolerance stand up to some scrutiny, you can’t deny the existence or effectiveness Continue reading
Down and Out in Paris and London
Why, I wonder, in reading a book set in early 20th century London and Paris, did I find my mind wandering ever closer to home and New York during the same era?
I’m always the first to point out that reading helps me connect things otherwise unconnected. So what I was Continue reading
“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; Continue reading
“Presidential Leadership & The Separation of Powers”
Eric A. Posner
Daedalus, Summer 2016
Binary thinking irks me.
Just consider the state of political discourse in the US. One side advocates for restricting unwelcome speech and, at times, seems to think that only wholesale rebuilding of the American system into a parliamentary one will result in the desired, I’m tempted to say proper, Continue reading
The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics
My empathic capacity, evidently, is bigger than I thought because in addition to philosophers and historians I’m beginning to feel sorry for liberals.
I’d be less than honest, though, if I didn’t admit thoroughly enjoying this brief, well-reasoned skewering of current leftish pieties. Although it never quite reaches the level of Stalinist/Trotskyite rancor, Lilla’s book is Continue reading
Roy Moore and the Persistence of Regional Folkways
Every once in a while all the weirdness converges at once. When it does I reach for my social science toolkit. After all, outrage, too, is a social construct.
This week, the Republican candidate in a special election for US Senator from the state of Alabama, ran into a firestorm. Three women, on the record, attested to dating Judge Roy S. Moore when they were in their late teens. A fourth offered a Continue reading