Human Exceptionalism

Katrina “Euthanasia” Murder Indictments

I thought this would turn out to be an urban legend, but one doctor and two nurses have now been arrested for second degree murder, apparently arising out of their alleged intentional overdosing of patients in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. I am not ready to draw any larger lessons from this episode about euthanasia advocacy or what has been called the culture of death. But we should watch these cases closely to see what the defendants have to say, if anything, about their alleged criminal conduct.

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Education

The Deflation of the Academic Brand

Trumpism is sometimes derided as an updated know-nothingism that rejects expertise and the input of credentialed expertise. Supposedly, professionals who could now save us tragically have their talent untapped as they sit idle at the Council on Foreign Relations, the economics Department at Harvard, or in the ... Read More
Elections

My Journey into the Heart of Obama-Trump Country

After eight years of displeasure with Barack Obama’s presidency, Carla Johnson was ready for a drastic change. The 41-year-old lab technician from Cresco, Iowa, fell for Donald Trump very early in the 2016 primary season. She loved his “take-no-[sh**]” style, his conservative stances on gun control and ... Read More