Pax Trumpicana

Pax Trumpicana

Hot on the heels of two substantial foreign policy successes (between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and between Serbia and Kosovo), a member of the Norwegian Parliament has nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. If you were unaware of those bits of foreign...
Manners Make The Peace

Manners Make The Peace

What are manners? Manners are the things that we agree to do, but we are not forced to do. This is the heart of the mask argument: if people don’t do it because it’s “just the right thing,” it’s not really possible to make them do it from...
Weekend Musings #3

Weekend Musings #3

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third of a recurring (and likely irregular) series of quick-hits. Because, not everything needs a thousand words. Thanks for reading! An Odd Hill A few readers took umbrage at my use of salty language in asking (yes, asking, I made no...
Budget Cuts And Crime Spikes

Budget Cuts And Crime Spikes

The argument over policing policy prompted by George Floyd’s death has reached a contrasting climax: on the one hand, protestors have taken to the streets in numbers not seen since the Civil Rights marches (in the midst of a pandemic, no less). On the other, we...
Solution Pachinko

Solution Pachinko

As the crisis of the Coronavirus threat tests our system, it’s useful to look at the efficacy of our last “Black Swan” crisis: the response to the events of September 11th. The look is depressing. We invaded Iraq in an effort to make them like us:...