January 30, 2019

We can’t possibly help everyone in need. Who has the better claim on our compassion? Read more

January 28, 2019

By James A. Haught Most Americans remember the historic 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian cult compound at Waco, Texas, which left eighty cultists and four federal officers dead. But did you know that the story actually began 150 years ago with a famous fiasco? Since watching weird religion is my hobby, I’ll tell you the tale: In the 1830s, a New England Baptist preacher, William Miller, computed from obscure prophecies in the Book of Daniel that Jesus would return… Read more

January 25, 2019

As Yogi Berra might have said, “Nobody wants to rent there anymore – it’s too expensive.” Read more

January 23, 2019

Harris decries Patreon’s banning of right-wing bigots, but refuses to say whether he thinks that decision was wrong on the merits. Read more

January 21, 2019

The long-term direction of history is hard to miss. Read more

January 18, 2019

Actually, every man is an island. Read more

January 16, 2019

If you’re getting a service for free, you’re not the customer, you’re the product. Read more

January 14, 2019

The immortal novel A Tale of Two Cities begins: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all… Read more

January 11, 2019

To understand the history of housing in America, you have to understand the history of race in America, which is a lesson Ayn Rand steadfastly refused to learn. Read more

January 9, 2019

By James A. Haught The Secular Age is snowballing in America, as in other advanced democracies. Year after year, more reports show church membership and attendance slip-slidin’ away. In the decades since the 1960s (while the U.S. population doubled), United Methodists fell from 14 million members to below 7 million. Presbyterians dropped from 4.2 million to 1.4 million. Episcopalians shrank from 3.6 million to 1.7 million. The Disciples of Christ sank from 2 million to 400,000. Just since 2007, the… Read more

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