Summary: Overconfident scientists propel America's progress. But their confidence does not mean we can safely use their conclusions when making public policy. Stories about future histories of our time show the problem. They can help us more effectively use the insights provided by science. The march of archaeology can help us understands the limits of … Continue reading How science fiction shows us the limits of science
Summary: Central banks have never been more powerful, more significant to the economy, more controversial (although they've often been unpopular), or more misunderstood. Today we debunk two of the myths about their evil they do; at the end are links to posts about their limitations. . Contents About conservatives' faux history and economics About investment … Continue reading Are conservatives right about the Fed? Is it a malign force in America?
Summary: Hollywood projects our dreams and fears on the big screen. Studying films gives us perspective on ourselves.. Today we look at "The Lone Ranger". . . "The Lone Ranger" is a powerful movie whose incoherence reveals much about America. First, it shows (as do so many movies) our discomfort with heroes. Rather than make … Continue reading The Lone Ranger tells us about America
Summary: The history of the State-sponsored oppression of Black Americans (1776-1964) is the story about one of our two great national sins. Rather than confess and repent, many Americans prefer to take refuge in lies (the other, our treatment of Native Americans, is resolved by amnesia). However comforting, this both divides us and diminishes our ability to see ourselves clearly … Continue reading American faux history: why did the South leave the Union?