This post provides a big-picture view of America. Where we are, how we got here, and where we are going.
Summary: We have entered the "Crazy Years", as predicted long ago by science fiction author Robert Heinlein. Our lives are like scenes from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. These echoes from history help us break through the myopia of our daily routine to see how America has changed -- and more clearly see where we are going. … Continue reading We are living in the crazy years AND Fahrenheit 451
Summary: America has become quite weird. It's getting more so. Here are a few recent examples. With an important conclusion at the end. Political parody and comedy blur together in our America Mad magazine ran the photo on the left on 12 December. Time ran the right cover on 29 May. Trump's leftist critics have … Continue reading America is becoming weird. Here are some recent examples.
Summary: Increasingly I see a common element to our problems: irrationality. There are precedents in history, but they seldom end well. We have collectively chosen to send America into the "crazy years". It is not too late to change course. A portrait of modern America. Here we see more of the mad pageant of 21st … Continue reading The common thread that explains so much in America.
Summary: In 1939 the great science fiction writer Robert Heinlein created a timeline, the framework within which he wrote many of his greatest stories. On it is the period he called the "crazy years". While he got the specifics wrong, that description aptly describes our time. We have made the crazy years. It's our choice, … Continue reading We live in the crazy years, but can choose a different destiny for ourselves and our children