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Amid the Seas of Empty Asphalt, after Christmas

Amid the Seas of Empty Asphalt, after Christmas

Zoning laws have create seas of mall parking lots, mostly empty. Whole small towns could have been built in their place.

How to Protect Californians from Wildfires

How to Protect Californians from Wildfires

 Simply shouting “climate change” doesn’t offer the state’s citizens a thorough explanation, nor does it yield tangible solutions that we can begin to implement now.

Six Ways to Teach and  Practice Gratitude

Six Ways to Teach and Practice Gratitude

Learning to be grateful is good preparation for the blows and setbacks of life.  

15 Things You Should Know about the 2018 Partial Government Shutdown

15 Things You Should Know about the 2018 Partial Government Shutdown

Government shutdowns are complicated.   15 things to explain what is going on.  

Human Freedom Index 2018

Human Freedom Index 2018

CATO has published its 2018 Human Freedom Index.  Personal and economic freedom has been increasing around the world, with the exception of the Middle East and North Africa.  

What a Woman

What a Woman

If you are looking for a New Year's Day read, then look no further than Camille Pagilia's  Provocations.  

Teacher: Stroking Egos Does Nothing for Students. Raising Expectations Does.

Teacher: Stroking Egos Does Nothing for Students. Raising Expectations Does.

Self-confidence comes not by somebody “giving” it to a student. That method quickly fails. Instead, self-confidence results when the person knows they got better at something.

Why (Most) Right-Wing Intellectuals Hate Trump

Why (Most) Right-Wing Intellectuals Hate Trump

A lot of conservative intellectuals hate Donald Trump. The late Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick's insights help explain this. 

How America Grew Bored with Love

How America Grew Bored with Love

No wonder so many Americans find love boring.

The Ongoing Decline of the American Male

The Ongoing Decline of the American Male

Time to raise men with chests?

Saying You’re Against Fascists Doesn’t Excuse Acting Like One

Saying You’re Against Fascists Doesn’t Excuse Acting Like One

Despite claims that Antifa fights fascism, the group's tactics actually mirror those of Benito Mussolini's regime.

My German Christmas with Strangers

My German Christmas with Strangers

A German family I had never met invited me to spend Christmas at their home.   These hospitable strangers became life-long friends. 

10 Reasons for America’s High Divorce Rate

10 Reasons for America’s High Divorce Rate

Have you ever wondered why the numbers run so high?

The Cultivation of Christmas Trees

The Cultivation of Christmas Trees

T.S. Eliot on the meaning of the Christmas tree.  

Three Dangerous Philosophical Novels

Three Dangerous Philosophical Novels

More reading suggestions for the serious reader.  

The Great War Christmas Truce: ‘They Were Positively Human’

The Great War Christmas Truce: ‘They Were Positively Human’

On Christmas Day of 1914, at least 100,000 British and German troops stopped fighting, climbed out of their trenches  and met each other in No-Man's-Land.  

Santa’s Healthy Tips: Throw Away the Pudding and Eat the Sixpence

Santa’s Healthy Tips: Throw Away the Pudding and Eat the Sixpence

Christmas should be a time for food, lots of it. Ignore the calorie scolds. You can diet the rest of the year.

Walker Percy's Diagnosis of American Depression Is Still True

Walker Percy's Diagnosis of American Depression Is Still True

Walker Percy thinks that depression has philosophical roots. Materialism leads to a loss of human dignity, and that leads to depression.

Why the Hero of "It's a Wonderful Life" Isn't George Bailey

Why the Hero of "It's a Wonderful Life" Isn't George Bailey

While the movie is all about George's personal transformation, it is Mary's incredible devotion that helps us see that change within George.

Three Times Keynes Was Not a Keynesian

Three Times Keynes Was Not a Keynesian

The most well known economist of the 20th Century, John Maynard Keynes, is often said to have argued that recessions can be cured by government intervention in the business cycle.  Keynes's views are much more nuanced than that.  

The Victorian Story-Teller who Made Christmas Scary

The Victorian Story-Teller who Made Christmas Scary

If you are looking for a great Christmas ghost story, then the Victorian M.R. James should be on your reading list.  

Yet the Whos Sang Merrily

Yet the Whos Sang Merrily

What the Grinch and one very difficult Christmas taught me about redemption.

America’s Got Talent and It’s All around Us

America’s Got Talent and It’s All around Us

You have heard the cliche:  people are America's greatest resource.   Well, it's true.  

The TSA Is Using Detector Dogs More, Which Is Actually a Good Idea

The TSA Is Using Detector Dogs More, Which Is Actually a Good Idea

If detector dogs can reduce my wait-time in security lines and have the bonus effect of allowing the TSA to screen more passengers with fewer workers, I’m all for them.

Forget Mary Poppins: Three Reasons Real-Life Nannies Are Ruining Childhood

Forget Mary Poppins: Three Reasons Real-Life Nannies Are Ruining Childhood

Real-life nannies aren't all they're cracked up to be.

The Humble Origins of ‘Silent Night’

The Humble Origins of ‘Silent Night’

Over the centuries, hundreds of Christmas carols have been composed. Many fall quickly into obscurity. Not “Silent Night.”

Guess What, Guys? Now You Can Have Periods, Too!

Guess What, Guys? Now You Can Have Periods, Too!

At least that's what they're about to teach in one British school district.

Saying Goodbye to the Scouts

Saying Goodbye to the Scouts

There are a number of things that killed scouting.

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