Paris and Refugees

November 18, 2015

One more quick word:

How wrong is it to reduce or stop entirely our willingness to accommodate refugees fleeing from the middle east? The knee jerk reaction on the right has been to call for a total halt to that willingness. What a horrible and un-American reaction.

Since 9/11 America has steadily exhibited a cowardice and [more…]

One Word: Guns!

November 18, 2015

This is off topic, but really?

One of the defining characteristics of the modern Republican party is its gun worship.  Any time we have a major crime involving shooting - which is far too frequent for an erstwhile civilized country - somewhere one of the Republican candidates for the presidency will pop up and argue [more…]

Shareholders and Public Trust?

November 17, 2015

I remember sitting at business school what seems a lifetime ago and absorbing with enthusiasm the latest financial trickery. It seemed so much more rigorous than all the other stuff. I felt as if I was being taught something incisive, something with intellectual heft, something that was not subject to the whim of subjective belief, [more…]

History Matters

November 13, 2015

Yes it does.

I was just talking to a friend about an old British TV documentary about the making of modern Britain. Basically it's a history of British society from about 1900 through to 1945. As a program it's pretty good. But that's not its relevance to us.

What it reminds us is that our [more…]

Disbelief as Belief

November 13, 2015

Are we at a point of true reflection on the right in politics?

Here in the US we have the extraordinary spectacle of a bevy of outsiders of various political stripes leading in the polls not long before the election process gets into its more concrete moments. Decisions are looming very closely.

A few months back [more…]