I’m not a fan of Ayn Rand’s writings or ideas but she has a long section in one of her novels about a train wreck which kills many people that seems apropos today. Everyone says of the train wreck that nothing could have been done to prevent it, but she goes over the whole buildup to the accident, every little piece in the chain, and shows how human choice, action, and decision-making accumulated step-by-step until culminating in the horror. That’s how the Virginia Tech Massacre appears to me. No one thing might have prevented it, but it was caused, or permitted to happen, by a long accumulation of faulty actions and perceptions, of denials and mistakes, of bad decisions and assorted other failures. The only thing is to try to learn from it all.
The White House is proposing what would amount to a second estate tax. The one we already have is bad enough.
American men have fewer friends than in decades past. We should dedicate time to fostering friendships. They provide an immediate and enduring reward.
As we experience the pandemic’s toll on the world, we can speculate about its implications for the Chinese regime.
Democrats are treating the infrastructure and reconciliation bills as linked, and so should Republicans and everybody else.
Senator Tom Cotton’s report on the service branch gets a lot right about the upper ranks, but the enlisted side remains in dire need of attention.
College Republican chapters all over the country claim they are being disenfranchised by a president seeking to consolidate power.
On air rage, extremism, Simone Biles, January 6, Iran, Fidel Castro, 800 numbers, and more.
Isabelle Huppert embodies the new Europe’s ethnic humor and guilt.
Republicans made a policy and political mistake by collaborating with Democrats on infrastructure. But there’s still time for them to reconsider.
Target is quietly banning books — without informing customers or shareholders.
It is unjust and psychologically destabilizing to make them live as if they are in danger when they are not in danger.
The worldwide socialist project killed something like 100 million people over the course of the 20th century. But not all of its victims are dead.