In today’s Chicago Tribune: Illinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper. Illinois’ politicians have for decades been giving public employees with pension plans that are basically ponzi schemes and now the state is out of money. […]

Charles Y. Harvey was back on top of the world. He had been asked to sculpt the bronze centerpiece of a fountain designed by none other than Charles Bacon, whose public monuments and private houses brought the glories of the classical world back to life as if the spirit of Phidias were alive and well […]

Rod Dreher on evasion tactics: The evasion goes something like this: 1. [Our side] is accused of doing/supporting/enabling this horrible thing. 2. We are not the kind of people who would do/support/enable that sort of thing. 3. Therefore we are not guilty. Or it goes like this: 1. Our side is accused, etc. 2. But the […]

I wrote a post after Manchester, but didn’t publish it. It was nothing that had not been said before. Reading internet comboxes has been depressing in the wake of these two attacks: on the one side there are increasing calls for expulsion of Muslims, on the other moralistic scolds are doubling down on the theme […]

This old post is getting some views lately. It is lazy but it has some good ideas in it. In The Antichrist Frederick Nietzsche starts his takedown of Christianity with an attack on the virtue of pity. Christianity is the religion of pity, he says, though what seems to be a virtue is in reality a paralyzing, life-denying vice. […]

Laurus can be described as historical fiction, it takes place in 15th century Russia, but that gives the wrong impression about the contents. It does not simply tell a medieval story, it tells the story in a medieval way. The mental barriers between us and the past are high. The modern mentality is very different from the primitive, ancient, or medieval […]

I swore off the news a few days ago, but something crept through my filter: At first, people thought that OPEC was purposefully keeping prices low (by not reducing supply) in order to smother the emerging shale industry in the crib. With low oil prices, less investment would flow to alternatives to conventional oil, which […]