A resolution for 2018: reform our criminal injustice system

Criminal Justice

Summary: John Pfaff's Locked In describes our broken criminal justice system, its myths and secrets -- and why reforms consistently fail. It is one of the most important books of the year. Let's hope America pays attention.   A review of an important book. Locked In. The True Causes of Mass Incarceration — and How to … Continue reading A resolution for 2018: reform our criminal injustice system

Science tamed the weather, keeping us safe while we sleep

Weather forecasting tool

Summary: Today's post reviews a fun book about some of the systems that make us safe -- but which we too often ignore or even mock.   Review of Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather. The true story of how science tamed the weather. By Mike Smith (2010).   Warnings tells a … Continue reading Science tamed the weather, keeping us safe while we sleep

Strange perspectives on the challenges facing Europe

Open the EU's borders

Summary: Massive immigration, continuing today, has initiated large-scale changes to EU society. Here are some unconventional perspectives on these new challenges and Europe's responses. This is the third post in this series. “The health of a people comes only from its inner life — from the life of its soul and its spirit.” — Words on … Continue reading Strange perspectives on the challenges facing Europe

Warning of the coming “Strange Death of Europe”

EU flag burning on the ground

Summary: Immigration and loss of confidence in its culture and values. Either is survivable for Europe as a society. The combination might not be. Here is the Introduction from The Strange Death of Europe, a controversial book about one of the great stories of our time. This is the second in a series about this book. … Continue reading Warning of the coming “Strange Death of Europe”

Martin van Creveld: even in Hell, Hitler has news for us

Summary: Hitler in Hell is one of the most important books of the year. As America drifts to fascism, we must understand what happened to Germany. Books like this can help us avoid taking a dark path like they did. It can happen here, in some form.   The fall of Germany to fascism was … Continue reading Martin van Creveld: even in Hell, Hitler has news for us