Drugs, Race, Crime & Health

The war on drugs is perhaps the longest and least successful war waged by the United States. One of the main problems is, as Walt Kelley said, “we have met the enemy and he is us.” Which is to say
The war on drugs is perhaps the longest and least successful war waged by the United States. One of the main problems is, as Walt Kelley said, “we have met the enemy and he is us.” Which is to say [More]

Is BLM Responsible for Increased Crime?

Embed from Getty Images One talking point on the political right is that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is causally responsible for an increase in crime. This point has been made by such
Embed from Getty Images One talking point on the political right is that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is causally responsible for an increase in crime. This point has been made by such [More]

Automated Trucking

Embed from Getty Images Having grown up in the golden age of the CB radio, I have many fond memories of movies about truck driving heroes played by the likes of Kurt Russell and Clint Eastwood.
Embed from Getty Images Having grown up in the golden age of the CB radio, I have many fond memories of movies about truck driving heroes played by the likes of Kurt Russell and Clint Eastwood. [More]

In defence of moral experts

I’m no expert. Still, I reckon the notorious claim made by Michael Gove, a leading campaigner for Britain to leave the European Union, that the nation had had enough of experts, will dog him for the
I’m no expert. Still, I reckon the notorious claim made by Michael Gove, a leading campaigner for Britain to leave the European Union, that the nation had had enough of experts, will dog him for the [More]

Political Parties & Principles

Embed from Getty Images While the United States does have numerous third parties and many voters now register as independents, politics is dominated by the Republicans and the Democrats. While there
Embed from Getty Images While the United States does have numerous third parties and many voters now register as independents, politics is dominated by the Republicans and the Democrats. While there [More]

Virtual Vacations

Embed from Getty Images In Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” Rekal, Incorporated offers its clients a form of virtual vacation: for a modest fee, memories of an amazing
Embed from Getty Images In Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” Rekal, Incorporated offers its clients a form of virtual vacation: for a modest fee, memories of an amazing [More]

Engineering Astronauts

If humanity remains a single planet species, our extinction is all but assured—there are so many ways the world could end. The mundane self-inflicted apocalypses include such things as war and
If humanity remains a single planet species, our extinction is all but assured—there are so many ways the world could end. The mundane self-inflicted apocalypses include such things as war and [More]

Do We Want Rapists, Robbers and Murderers to Vote?

Embed from Getty Images My essay on felons and voting received an interesting comment from A.J. McDonald, Jr. He raised a concern about having rapists, robbers and murders voting. One initial reply
Embed from Getty Images My essay on felons and voting received an interesting comment from A.J. McDonald, Jr. He raised a concern about having rapists, robbers and murders voting. One initial reply [More]

The Erosion of the Media

Embed from Getty Images A free and independent press is rightly considered essential to a healthy democracy. Ideally, the press functions like Socrates’ gadfly—it serves to reproach the state and
Embed from Getty Images A free and independent press is rightly considered essential to a healthy democracy. Ideally, the press functions like Socrates’ gadfly—it serves to reproach the state and [More]

Trump & Racist Remarks

Embed from Getty Images Donald Trump started out his presidential bid with remarks about Mexico sending rapists and criminals to the United States and then continued along what strikes many as a
Embed from Getty Images Donald Trump started out his presidential bid with remarks about Mexico sending rapists and criminals to the United States and then continued along what strikes many as a [More]