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January 24, 2018
Letter-Writing Wednesday: Hold the Line
[I sent a copy of this letter to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand.] Dear Senator: I'm...
January 22, 2018
It’s Chaos, Be Kind: A Humanist Sermon
In a chaotic universe, kindness is the only lighthouse we have.
January 20, 2018
Weekend Coffee: January 20
• Obligatory self-promotion: My new book Meta: On God, the Big Questions, and the Just...
January 19, 2018
The Fountainhead: Famous Failures
The Roark building collapse that didn't happen, but should have.
January 17, 2018
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
A modern-day defense of a long-ago outrage illustrates the Catholic church's drift toward illiberalism.
January 15, 2018
Dystopia Journal #13: The United States of Chaos
A year has passed, and we're still here. As hard as it is to believe...
January 13, 2018
Friday Night Music: Connect the Dots
It's the second year of American dystopia, and we're still here, still surviving. To keep...
January 12, 2018
The Fountainhead: We’re Not Worthy
The vast majority of humanity doesn't deserve to breathe the same air as the True...
January 10, 2018
What It Means to Believe Women
It's not a call for lower standards of evidence, but to evaluate women's claims by...
January 08, 2018
The Robot Revolution Is Coming
As robots begin taking over white-collar jobs, we need to think about what the future...
January 05, 2018
The Fountainhead: Cool Girls
Rand internalized and accepted the double standard for women and pined for her inability to...
January 03, 2018
The Last Jedi
and the Problem of Nihilism
Is moral progress an illusion, or is it simply a realistic lesson that we can...
January 02, 2018
My New Book – Meta: On God, the Big Questions, and the Just City
If you missed my earlier announcements in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season,...
December 29, 2017
Threads of 2017
The old year is dwindling, and a new trip around the sun is about to...
December 27, 2017
Dystopia Journal #12: Tax Cut Catastrophe
After a year of bumbling and failure despite controlling all branches of government, the Republicans...
December 25, 2017
Book Recommendations for 2017
For better and for worse, 2017 is almost over. Borrowing a page from Libby Anne,...
December 22, 2017
The Fountainhead: Walk Over Corpses
A disturbingly accurate metaphor.
December 20, 2017
The Stained Soul of Evangelical Christianity
Christianity in general and evangelicalism in particular is a poisonous tree, rooted in white supremacy,...
December 18, 2017
How Many Human Beings Do We Need?
The human population can't grow forever, so why would it be so bad if it...
December 15, 2017
The Fountainhead: Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men?
Applying your intelligence to understanding your fellow human beings is an unspeakable evil.
December 13, 2017
The Great State of Alabama
Can this be real? “On a very personal level, I want to thank each of...
December 11, 2017
#RaptureAnxiety: Evangelical Torture of the Mind
I'm not on Twitter as much as I used to be, but I did spot...
December 10, 2017
SF/F Saturday: The Old Kingdom
I had Garth Nix's novel Sabriel on my reading list for so long, I forget...
December 08, 2017
The Fountainhead: A Shot in the Dark
Rand's villains resort to persuasion and democracy, while her heroes rely on terrorism and violence.
December 06, 2017
Please Ban My Books
Banning a book makes me much more likely to read it.
December 04, 2017
Evangelical Christianity’s Culture of Sexual Abuse
It's a disservice to the truth to treat Roy Moore's case as if it were...
December 01, 2017
The Fountainhead: Bodice-Ripper, Part 2
Rand's fans, like Rand herself, have overlaid the rape scene with their idea of what...
November 29, 2017
Letter-Writing Wednesday: Don’t Normalize Nazis
[A copy of this letter was sent to email@example.com.] To the Editor: I was appalled...
November 27, 2017
#MeToo and the Atheist Community
It's disappointing and enraging to see how many men, including many allegedly feminist men, stand...
November 24, 2017
The Fountainhead: Bodice-Ripper, Part 1
The most infamously misogynist scene in all of Ayn Rand's work.
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