Are We Smarter Than Our Predecessors?

It is extremely improbable that we have suddenly become better and smarter than our predecessors. In fact, what has happened is that we have lost the ability to understand functional social patterns other than markets and bureaucracies. The result is that the past appears irrational, our society is plagued by …

A Problem of Culture

A recent study on police use of force by Harvard economist Roland Fryer found no evidence of racism in police shootings. This was lauded by those who wish to deny the existence of an anti-black bias. But lethal use-of-force incidents make up a tiny fraction of police interactions. The study found widespread systemic racism in …

What Evil Conspiracy?

In the last 60 years the Supreme Court of the United States has had exhibited two trends: the number of both unanimous decisions and 5-4 split decisions has grown to historical highs. All the stuff in between is in decline. It is in those split decisions where the problem lies. …

Making America Great Again

I’ve been ranting and raving about the hypocrisy in the response to Colin Kaepernick’s protest by sitting during the national anthem. The denunciations have been the worst sort of cognitive dissonance. What sense does it make to accuse him of being unpatriotic when exercising freedoms is exactly why the patriots …

Colin Kaepernick and Terence Crutcher

When Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand for the national anthem it set off a flurry of anger and hatred aimed directly at him for being unpatriotic. Many called for him to be fired. Since them many others have followed his example in protest. And then Terence Crutcher was shot …

Left, Right, and Religion

For as long as I can remember I’ve been told that America has two camps: Left Liberal Democrats and Right Conservative Republicans. One is always correct and the other always wrong. Yet as a Christian it perplexed me why some of the devout around me picked different parties from each other. How can this be if …

Mandatory Voting

President Obama spoke in favor of mandatory voting. Why would anyone want to require the populace to vote? Politicians love uninformed voters. They are easy to manipulate and they generally turn attention away from the details. It becomes a popularity contest. A good part of politics is trying to win …

Can We Solve Climate Change?

While there is no doubt from a statistical standpoint that that humans are major contributors to global climate change, the exact extent and mechanisms are unknown. Pundits would have you believe otherwise, but just look at how terrible the climate models are at prediction. There is a lot of guesswork and complexity. …