by | Apr 4, 2020

Something very eighties happened. My son took a bike ride. He didn’t tell me that he’d stopped off at a friend’s house to play socially distanced Horse. He was supposed to be back in 30 to 45 minutes. Instead, hours…

by | Apr 2, 2020

With the raging coronavirus pandemic threatening millions with infection, people are rightly worried that we could face the awful circumstance in which there are insufficient life-saving medical resources available for all catastrophically ill patients needing care. If that dark day…

by | Apr 1, 2020

Last week, I returned from Spain, the coronavirus epicenter. I wasn’t back for more than 48 hours before I detected an ideological fault line running through America’s cultural response to coronavirus. It looks something like this: Liberals: “We are doomed!”…

by | Mar 31, 2020

I used to like driving well over the speed limit. I grew up well outside Atlanta, and the posted speeds never represented the practiced reality, even on the most remote cow-trail roads winding through the woods. I always went faster…

by | Mar 28, 2020

I am a practicing physician (a dermatologist). I was a medical student when HIV was discovered. As a dermatology resident, I dealt extensively with AIDS patients, because AIDS — as with most infectious diseases — often presents with skin lesions,…

by | Mar 28, 2020

Both Plato and Aristotle feared mass democracy because its smooth-talking agitators could easily whip up popular passions and lead an unsophisticated mob into fury and blind obedience to the tyrant they were promoting to save them. For the past three…

by | Mar 25, 2020

Monday was, in many ways, a defining moment for the country as a federal stimulus bill failed to pass a procedural vote that would allow the Senate to vote on the bill itself. The bill, negotiated in bipartisan fashion over…

by | Mar 24, 2020

I remember in rabbinic school one of the teachers, an acerbic and witty philosophy professor, dead-panned to the class, “I celebrate my Shabbos (Sabbath) on Thursday night, and so should you, because Friday night you are working!” Don’t get me…

by | Mar 24, 2020

My mouse isn’t eating. Maybe I should unplug it from the computer and take it for a walk. Looking out the window I see the lawyer from down the road walking a leash without a dog. I’m not sure whether…

by | Mar 23, 2020

At Thursday’s White House press briefing, President Trump and FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn announced that the FDA has approved the “compassionate use” of the antimalarial drug chloroquine to treat patients infected with Coronavirus 2019 (“COVID-19”). Under extreme or exigent circumstances,…

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