July 12, 2019

Continuing this year’s theme of hope and resistance, here’s a timely reminder from The Strumbellas that we all depend on each other. This is from their excellent new album Rattlesnake: seek the garden Read more

July 12, 2019

Why you shouldn’t build a city in a desert. Read more

July 10, 2019


July 8, 2019

It’s difficult for sincere doubters to talk with sincere believers without causing bad feelings. Read more

July 5, 2019

Why there are no second chances in Ayn Rand novels, and America’s infrastructure maintenance time bomb. Read more

July 3, 2019

In just the few days since I wrote my post about American concentration camps, the situation has gotten even worse. We’ve seen a searing image of a father and his 2-year-old daughter who drowned together while crossing the Rio Grande [WARNING: disturbing photo]. Meanwhile, the Office of the Inspector General has released photos of horrific overcrowding in detention camps. Members of Congress who toured the facilities reported, among other things, women imprisoned in cells with no running water and being… Read more

July 1, 2019

Secularism and freedom of conscience are hard-won rights at the heart of modern democracy. Read more

June 27, 2019

In this story, the bad guy wins. Read more

June 26, 2019

The Supreme Court recently upheld a huge cross on public land as constitutional, a decision that heralds dark days for church-state separation in the years to come. In the past, this would have been the kind of thing I’d devote much angry analysis to; but I find I just can’t get worked up about it. Lately, I care more about the fact that the U.S. government is building concentration camps: Children as young as 7 and 8, many of them… Read more

June 24, 2019

Except for a fringe of fundamentalists, the nation lives as if God doesn’t exist. Read more

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