Our Rat Culture

Or… The Rise of the Hall Monitors Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt did Joe Rogan’s podcast back in January, and a snippet from that airing was helpfully offered to me by Youtube this morning. The topic of that moment was the “when” of the...

The Six-Figure Hobo

Most of us know that the American way of managing homelessness is ineffectual. What is less well known is how expensively ineffectual it is. What we spend on our way (calling it a “system” is laughable)) could provide for a system that works better, many...

Teaching Perception

Back in the days of my (relative) youth, aka my mid-20s, my extended circle of friends included someone (John, I believe was his name) who sang in a band. In a group conversation one day over beers, I found out that he never learned to play an instrument, despite...

Angels and Money

The great thinker Milton Friedman, in a seminal interview with Phil Donahue, exposed one of the great, under-addressed flaws in the premise of socialism and its other central-planning variants: the fact that the people in charge are no different than the people they...

Zero-Sum Feminism

A friend recently took his kids (three girls and a boy) to see the new Lego movie, and then dropped me a text linking this Slate article. The article, which he affirmed as accurate, discusses how the movie portrays an alternative to the boundaries set by traditional...