Cultural Decline in the Public Square

Cultural Decline in the Public Square

I recently had the pleasure of reading A Sense of the Future, a collection of essays on science, by the late Jacob Bronowski.  While diving into this fine book, I recalled with equal pleasure the experience of watching the remarkable documentary, The Ascent of Man, which he created for television in the 1970s. One thing… Read More…

The Price We Pay For Jazz’s Decline

The Price We Pay For Jazz’s Decline

In the space of this short blog, I want to make a few points. One, I love jazz. Two, I worry a lot that jazz has declined. Three, I think it’s no good at all for our culture that jazz has declined so precipitously. And, finally, I think jazz’s decline has had, for reasons I… Read More…

Vote “Yes” on Pundexit!

Vote “Yes” on Pundexit!

I’m on a campaign against pundits and punditry. Call my movement, Pundexit. Perhaps my feelings and fervor are due to the fact that I have more time to watch, listen to, and read pundits these days. Perhaps it’s that the media, largely the cable channels, have so much time and space to occupy, the increased… Read More…

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

With notable exceptions, such as the Civil War, I believe we are living in one of the most contentious, least cohesive times in our history. And it poses serious dangers for our future. Let’s look at the evidence. First, has there ever been a greater division in our politics? I will not romanticize the past.… Read More…

The Reason Party Voters Will Stick With Clinton and Trump

The Reason Party Voters Will Stick With Clinton and Trump

There’s a lot of speculation these days that many Democratic opponents of Hillary Clinton and Republican opponents of Trump will refuse to support these two candidates should they be nominated. The prospect of such abandonment of the victors in intramural party squabbles has arisen in hotly contested primary seasons in the past, though it perhaps… Read More…

Sports As a Metaphor For Life

Sports As a Metaphor For Life

My mother was a huge sports fan. She followed college football as closely as anyone I ever knew. In fact, she developed a method for recording a football game in a written system that was unique and remarkable. It’s amazing to look back through her old binders and see accounts of all the great Longhorn… Read More…

Let’s Start Over Again on Our Brackets

Let’s Start Over Again on Our Brackets

Amazing! I thought I’d apply meta-analysis to filling out my brackets at the start of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this year. I spent an entire afternoon studying at least two dozen systems with varying degrees and types of sophistication involved in them. There were those steeped in deep statistics. Others had other mathematical twists.… Read More…

You’re a Commie; You’re a Fascist!

You’re a Commie; You’re a Fascist!

I remember back when I was just getting interested in politics as a young teen in the 60s. My family was fairly liberal, and I was pretty much in sync with their views. I vividly recall being taken aback by the frequency with which ultra-conservatives, generally then from the John Birch Society, would label liberals… Read More…

What’s in the Water – Religiously?

What’s in the Water – Religiously?

I realize there are always bizarre things happening in the area of religion and politics. In fact, one could make a good case that, relative to the often very dark distant past, things are relatively calm now. Having admitted that, however, I still can’t help but note that there are unusual and unfortunate religious developments… Read More…