by | Sep 12, 2019

Sometimes the behaviors that cause us the most grief aren’t obvious. An especially harmful habit, for example, is an attitude of certainty. It is a habit that creates problems. Intolerance. When you’re absolutely certain you’re right about something, it means…

by | Nov 30, 2017

Ah, the holidays. That time of year when we put our interests and disagreements aside to better commune with our fellow man. Unless of course you’re a knee-jerk leftist in the vein of GQ’s Joe Berkowitz, a vocal proponent of…

by | Sep 12, 2017

A Dallas city government push to remove visible reminders of the Confederacy (e.g., a splendid equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee) has put in my mind a constructive notion. This country needs much more than a good five-cent cigar, as…

by | Feb 21, 2017

It all sounds so righteous. Soooo tolerant. There is the Oscar-winning novelist John Irving (in 2000, for the screenplay of his novel The Cider House Rules) saying this as the Oscars approach: “In our community, tolerance of intolerance is unacceptable.”…

by | Feb 16, 2017

Plato argued that democracy by its very nature cannot work. The direct involvement of the people in the affairs of state will lead to a situation where takers outnumber givers, thereby rendering the economy precarious. But that isn’t the only…

by | Feb 13, 2017

“Look mister, there’s two kinds of dumb, uh guy that gets naked and runs out in the snow, and barks at the moon, and, uh guy who does the same thing in my living room. First one doesn’t matter, the…

by | Feb 5, 2017

Washington Last weekend, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick informed his employees that he would stay on President Trump’s economic advisory council, even though he, like much of his staff, vehemently opposed many Trump platforms. By Thursday, Kalanick resigned from the panel….

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