The Fountainhead: Hooray for Unions

A particularly stark example of how Ayn Rand’s political views changed over time. Read more

The Pro-Slavery History of the Southern Baptists

The Southern Baptist Convention has scarcely begun to reckon with its ugly history. Read more

On the Reciprocity of Compassion

When does compassion take us further from a better world? Read more

The Fountainhead: American Eclectic

Another illustration of Rand’s belief that selling what your customers want to buy is a sin in business. Read more

Is Belief in Hell Inherently Hateful?

Exclusionary theologies are common, but that doesn’t make them benign. Read more

FGM: An American Problem

It’s happening right here in America, in communities of successful and highly educated people. Read more

The Fountainhead: New York, New York

Why do the good guys love a city built by evil classical architects? Read more

Letter-Writing Wednesday: The Problem of Religious Pharmacists

One of my earliest blog posts was about right-wing pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions on religious grounds. It’s still a problem. This week, I read this story of a Walgreens in New Mexico whose pharmacist refused to fill a woman’s prescription for misoprostol. It’s a common drug for stomach ulcers, but it also relaxes the cervix, which makes it useful for abortion, for inducing birth, or for preparing for an IUD insertion. You get one guess which of those… Read more

Dystopia Journal #6: Paris Burning

If our descendants curse us, they’ll have good reason. Read more

The Fountainhead: As Long As It’s Black

The client’s wishes count, assuming it’s what I wanted to do anyway. Read more