Book Review: Losing our Way, an Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America

This book is painful to read, but if you read no other book this year, this is the one you should read. Hebert delves into the deterioration of American society from a prosperous society with a huge middle class, a sound infrastructure, and an educated populace, to its present state where the a much reduced [...]

Book Review: The Stupidparty, Math vs Myth by Patrick M. Andendall

I have long believed that the Republican Party is an unholy alliance between the greedy and the stupid. The author of Stupidparty, Math vs Myth, has the same concept, only he terms the greedy “benefactors” or “asset strippers,” and the stupid “disciples of the Stupidparty.” Stupidparty is Mr. Andendall’s term for today’s Republican Party. Mr. [...]

Book Review: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

I started reading this book because I wanted some insight into why, as so many American liberals are asking themselves these days, a substantial majority of poor and lower middle class White Americans consistently vote Republican even though the Republican’s social policies are clearly opposed to their economic interests. The author assert that loyalty to [...]

Quotes of the Day: Politics, Law, and Justice

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”-Plato “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”-Plutarch “if you must break the law, do it to seize power. In all other cases observe it.”-Julius Caesar “Justice [...]

Book Review: The Party is Over by Mike Lofgren

Polybius, the Greek historian

For who is so worthless or indolent as not to wish to know by what means and under what system of polity the Romans in less than fifty-three years have succeeded in subjecting nearly the whole inhabited world to their sole government, a thing unique in history? Or who again is there so passionately devoted [...]