In economics and the history of economics, capitalism and socialism are discrete, amoral and relatively rational things. Certainly not the hot button, justice inflamed things that inspire passionate idealists – the folks pictured above for example – to cover us in flecks of morally righteous spittle. Capitalism is markets, the free flow of labor and […]
I like this picture. I consider the existence of this armed militia a cause for hope not because I hate white people and certainly not because I want to express white guilt, but because I think it represents a real, sustainable basis for respect. I think it represents a genuine respect because, in my experience, […]
When Marie Curie was a young woman, the Russians conquered her homeland. They declared that Poles were racially inferior and that women were intellectually weak. Curie had no rights, was protected by no freedoms and was granted no equalities. In response, she gathered her courage, pursued an illegal education and, when necessary, endured starvation in […]
It is my belief that understanding should precede judgment. With this in mind, let’s attempt to reconstruct the history of race and expand understanding that we might better judge what ought to be done. Part One: Race, As Understood by Most Ancient People In many ancient texts you will find references to “races of men.” […]
Dear colleagues in the academy, dear former colleagues in the media and to my friends in activism, we need to talk. What We Just Saw On May 25th, four police officers in Minneapolis murdered George Floyd. One of them, Derek Chauvin, acted as executioner, pressing Mr. Floyd’s neck with his knee for nearly 6 minutes […]
What, exactly, are these two getting out of each other?
The only two rich democracies in East Asia, both of which are threatened by China’s expansion, would much rather undermine each other than cooperate. Why?
The president of Brazil wants you to know that burning the Amazon is awesome and remind you that putting the fires out is imperialism. Beyond the obvious WTF factor, what’s going on? https://www.buzzsprout.com/255212/1946880-brazil-wtf
https://www.buzzsprout.com/255212/949595-metoo.mp3?download=true MeToo? YouToo? WhoToo? Jamal, Jen and Ben focus their penetrating intellects and genius level analytic skills upon the #MeToo movement. Where did this movement come from, historically and culturally? What are the assumptions behind the activism? Is it okay that Hollywood actresses more or less immediately displaced Tarana Burke (who)? What does it mean […]
I’ve been digging into a lot of the scientific literature from the late 19th and early 20th century and it got me thinking about our modern celebrity scientists. Below I’ve prepared four statements, only one of which is true. See if you can figure out which one.