Civility and Decency

David French writes that “civility and decency aren’t incompatible with `taking sides.’ It doesn’t require anyone to whither in the face of angry opposition. Kindness doesn’t conflict with conviction, and our commitments to kindness are biblically...

“We are Americans. Your face is American.”

Claremont McKenna College alum Julie Wong wrote this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.  In this scene, Dr. Nico Kim (Alex Landi), Dr. Michelle Lin (Lynn Chen) and nurse BokHee (Kathy C. An) perform surgery on an Asian American woman who was the victim of a...

Open Inquiry on Campus

Heterodox Academy Open Inquiry Awards: Exceptional Student  Emma Camp graduated from the University of Virginia in 2022 with a degree in philosophy and English. While at the University of Virginia, she was a Jefferson Scholar, a regular freelance writer for Reason...

Natural Rights

 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. President Biden  yesterday in Buffalo: White supremacy is...

Civility Saved Lives in Australia

One million Americans have now died of COVID.  Australia’s death rate is only one-tenth as great.   Damien Cave at NYT: In global surveys, Australians were more likely than Americans to agree that “most people can be trusted” — a major factor, researchers found,...

The Scorn Problem

Tish Harrison Warren at NYT: Our tendency to adopt polarizing and moralistic patterns of speech is turbo-boosted by a social media architecture that encourages animosity toward outgroups.  But this hatred toward our opponents and the accompanying habit of moralism is...

Modestly Good News on the Deficit

From CBO: The federal budget deficit was $360 billion in the first seven months of fiscal year 2022 (that is, from October 2021 through April 2022), the Congressional Budget Office estimates. That amount is about one-fifth of the $1.9 trillion shortfall recorded...