During the 2012 Democratic National Convention, a video was played that claimed that “government was the only thing we all belong to.” As objectionable as the sentiment behind that statement was, it does highlight the important fact that a government, at least ideally, is an association of its citizens. Recently, Mike H argued persuasively that [...]
Camille Paglia thinks so. Writing at Time:
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act, passed by Congress 30 years ago this July, is a gross violation of civil liberties and must be repealed. It is absurd and unjust that young Americans can vote, marry, enter contracts, and serve in the military at 18 but cannot buy an alcoholic [...]
What is your favorite stupid health theory?
I saw a patient recently with diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, hyperlipidemia and obesity. She was discussing the homeopathic “medications” and Indian spirit guidance her cleaning lady was espousing to her as a way forward. My job at times means that I have to listen to various crackpots discuss these kind [...]
In Nassir Ghaemi’s book, A First-Rate Madness, he argues that Winston Churchill’s well-documented depression (or “black dog,” as Churchill called it) may well have been the reason Churchill was able to see Hitler for who he was; whereas Neville Chamberlain, being of sound mind, could not.
Ghaemi credits Churchill’s clarity of thought to a phenomenon known [...]
As with physicist Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, economist Thomas Piketty’s 700-page Capital in the Twenty-First Century is a bestseller destined to have a steep purchased-to-read ratio. For many on the left, it will be enough to simply know that Piketty’s grand theory of capitalism affirms their preexisting worldview: capitalism drives inequality ever-higher, [...]
The left wants to freeze time.
The world population needs to be limited to an arbitrary number of some recent year. The air needs to be as clean as the most famous environmentalist’s memory renders. Trade needs to be at the level of the trendiest primitive society du jour. Food needs to be prepared the way [...]
If states are laboratories, the lesson from Illinois is “Don’t do this, ever!!”
Kristina Rasmussen of the Illinois Policy Institute expounds on how to make a mess—and a continuing tragedy—through government programs.
My wife and I have dragged our daughters to many churches over the past several years. We’ve enjoyed most of the sermons, congregations, programs and pastors, and my wife has liked most of the music. As for me, I’ve pretty much given up on finding any worship music that doesn’t drive me a bit batty.
Most conservatives were probably happy with the news of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Schuette v. BAMN, which upheld Michigan’s state constitutional ban on affirmative action. The plurality opinion, however, should curb their enthusiasm.
Written by Justice Anthony Kennedy and joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, the plurality treated the case not as one [...]
After the recent announcement of ObamaCare’s enrollment numbers, President Obama crowed that the debate about repealing ObamaCare was over. The president clearly didn’t pay very close attention during his time at the University of Chicago, or he would’ve known that no debate is over when Richard Epstein is on the other side of it.
This week, [...]
I leave at sunrise every morning for a 30-mile drive north from Santa Fe into a rural district of New Mexico tucked into the upper Rio Grande valley. I try to time my departure to coincide with a specific moment when the horizontal rays of sunrise strike a natural cliff formation known as Las Barrancas. There, for one brief minute, the cliff face is revealed in all [...]
Here in Oregon, a rancher recently shot and killed a black bear that was hunting his cattle. The bear made the news, as it hit a record-breaking (for this area) size of 490 pounds. That is a lot of black bear, which is the smallest and most widespread of the species in North America. Of [...]