July 19, 2019

The grand contradiction of The Fountainhead is that it was written to denounce those who put their self-esteem in others’ hands, yet its heroine derives her life’s purpose from the approval of a man. Read more

July 17, 2019

Last Friday, I attended one of the hundreds of Lights for Liberty candlelight vigils that took place across the United States and in many other countries, protesting the inhumane treatment of children, families and refugees at the border and in American concentration camps. Here’s a report from the vigil in Garden City, New York. The gathering took place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau, a church whose grounds face an intersection of two major roads. There were speakers… Read more

July 15, 2019

Seekers of truth face an ultimate question that overrides all others. Read more

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

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