Friday, February 29, 2008


Unsurprisingly, this story has not received much attenton in the US press.


There are are now 2.3 million people in jail in the US.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

How did that happen?

It is a sad reflection on the state of our culture that probably nobody at the Economist has read Christopher Dawson.

Speaking of ignorance, fans of "Spengler" will get a kick out of this. Especially the part where Rush insists that there is "NO FIRST NAME!!"

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Prophet of doom

It seems logical that too much money (printed to finance too much debt) must lead to inflation.

Culture matters III

There is nothing between the individual or family unit on one hand and the central state on the other. Britain has fallen into De Tocqueville's trap of an atomised society, where "every man is a stranger to the destiny of others. He is beside his fellow citizens but does not see them ... while above them rises an immense and tutelary power, that of the state". We have lost the habit of association.

Indeed. May we suggest that the problem reflects deep cultural trends, and will not be fixed by having more local mayors and city councils?

Monday, February 25, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


You cannot but feel some admiration for these guys. Also, Marvin Olasky is an interesting man.


The challenges facing the Church in India.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

One more time

Lebanon may be about to pay the price of other people's follies, again.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Male infantilism

This lady has made an important discovery:

Adults don’t emerge. They’re made.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Reality does not matter

A notable difference between US and European politics is that while in Europe doctrinaire ideological thinking is found mostly on the "progressive" side (i.e. on the political left, after the demise of fascism and nazism), in the US one can find full-fledged conservative ideologues.

Friday, February 08, 2008


David Brooks captures what's at the core of the Clinton-Obama race, which has interesting implications about what "education" means nowadays. (Certainly, not being "introduced to reality." Rather, becoming able to avoid it systematically, like the alphas in Huxley's Brave New World).

Thursday, February 07, 2008

He is just too nice

Nothing can be more destructive that good intentions combined with intellectual confusion.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008


This article does a good job of diagnosing a major problem affecting public education in the US: incompetent boards of education that let corrupt teachers' unions run the schools. It is not clear though that the answer lies in "nationalising" public education. First of all, there are many things between local school boards and the federal government (what about the states?). Second, there is no reason to think that politicians are less irresponsible and teachers' unions less powerful at the federal level than they are locally.

Monday, February 04, 2008