Summary: Understanding our time requires information, which the info superhighway delivers in excess, but also the much rarer perspective. Here are excerpts from four essays by keen observers that reveal much about today's America. One from the Right, one from the Left, a Liberal, and a Conservative. Each tells us something. Perhaps most important, that Liberals … Continue reading Four views of America (Left & Right) showing that we’re ripe for realignment
Summary: Here is the video and transcript of a revealing discussion at yesterday's Senate hearing about climate change. It shows in miniature how the debate about public policy to fight climate change has become gridlocked. Hearing by the Senate Commerce Committee: "Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate Over the Magnitude of the … Continue reading Yesterday’s Senate hearing shows why climate policy has gridlocked
Summary: America remains locked in a battle between Left and Right. Each fights to protect the Constitution -- or the pieces of it they value. Neither cares for the it as other than a tool to advance their interests. The Constitution, torn between them, slowly withers. The American people mildly, intermittently cheer both sides -- … Continue reading Should we thank the Court as it rescues us from our bad laws? Or just bow?
Snapshots by that acute and politically incorrect observer, Mark Steyn. These are worth reading in full! About antisemitism: "Anti-Semitic Attack with Machete at Carlton University", Michael Coren (Canadian syndicated columnist), 5 April 2010 Steyn's analysis: "Macheteculturalism", National Review Online, 6 April 2010 About the fading away of the right to free speech: "The Earle and the … Continue reading Snapshots from the edge’s of western society, where change first appears
Summary: putting recent events in a historical context. Many conservatives describe the health care bill in almost apocalyptic terms, a slippery slope on steroids (much as leftists do with climate change). Hat tip on the following quotations to Brad Delong. Mark Steyn, "Happy Dependence Day", National Review Online: "Longer wait times, fewer doctors, more bureaucracy, … Continue reading Does the health care bill mark an inflection point to American history?
The battle continues, and heats up. Prominent people are chaning sides. Others double down, advocating that we expand the war. The stakes are high. Is the public paying attention? Contents Three prominent conservatives turn against the war. General McChrystal expected to seek more troops A debate in the Washington Post A clearer look at our … Continue reading Today’s volleys in the domestic battle about Afghanistan
Summary: This post examines our broken mainstream media, a vital component of America's observation-orientation-decision-action loop (the OODA loop). Mark Steyn provides a a current illustration; Lewis Lapham shows that this results from a long period of decay. At the end are links to other articles on this subject. The apparatus by which America sees the world, the news … Continue reading The media – a broken component of America’s machinery to observe and understand the world