What is the Limit of Knowledge?

In my London childhood, a horse-drawn wagon delivered milk each day in glass bottles with the cream risen to the top in a visible layer. Sparrows had learned to peck through the foil caps and gorge on the prize. My first computer used magnets the shape of a doughnut and smaller than an apple pip […]

How the Populist Movements Compare to the Hippies

The right-wing populist movements here and in the UK are driven by anger. They justify disruption of the present system because it is seen as not working for people. They do not respect law and tradition when they stand in the way of their goals. The end justifies the means. I never thought I would […]

Why Do We Believe What We Believe?

Why do we believe what we believe, and how is it possible that we differ so much? Our beliefs comes from our senses, culture, in-group, experts, feelings and thinking. Of these, only thinking and expertise can make a defensible case. (This is a major rewrite of the original 5/19/19 post.)

The Four Forces Driving Political Conflict

Years ago, I thought I was going to die. The streets were dark and slick with rain. I was getting a ride back from a weekend encounter group where all our emotions had been laid bare, and the driver and the other passenger entered into such a screaming match over politics I thought a car […]

Why There is a Crisis of Fake News

Call it the law of unintended consequences. The internet is a disruptive technology comparable to the Gutenberg press. Initially it was seen as a global encyclopedia, making all human knowledge available to everyone. Then social media arose, and I saw this as revolutionary for two reasons: It allows people around the world to see each […]

Welcome to the New World of Perpetual War

It’s a New World of Perpetual War: US has been at war in Afghanistan for 17+ years Taliban still holds around half the country US has bombing campaigns in 8 countries US has troop presence in 177 countries (out of 193 total) Main reason given for terrorist attacks is US troop presence All this for […]

The Financial Value of DACA

This graph* shows the net value to society of a person as they age. Initially, a child costs money for food, health and education. During the working years, they generate more value than they consume. In retirement, living and health costs reduce their value, but at death, there is, on average a small net value, […]

Reconciling the Various Reasons for Trump

After the election, I concluded that Trump won with three appeals: Bring back jobs Drain the swamp Build the wall and that I approved of the first two. (It’s now clear that all three are unlikely to happen.) Many people have offered reasons why Trump won, and they fall into three areas: Election problems Economic […]

States Rights

Have you seen how strongly Republicans are supporting States rights with regard to sanctuary cities? I posted elsewhere a few weeks ago that people should be consistent on their position about States rights, but I’ve moderated my position. Think of the power hierarchy as: UN > Country > State > County > City > Borough […]

5 Reasons to Enjoy the Trump Regime

The blows are relentless. Our news feeds deliver multiple shocks each day. The barrage slows time down — surely it can’t be only 24 days since the inauguration? And yet there is joy to be found in all this. 1. The Explosion of Satire Late-night comedy has accepted the challenge. Not only does it make us […]