Monthly Archives: August 2014

Religion and Politics in Watership Down

Richard Adams always insisted that Watership Down is not an allegory: it is not a story about religion or politics, but a story about rabbits. If anyone should know what Watership Down is about, it is the author. But a good story (and Watership Down is a great story) is true to life. The different rabbit societies strike the reader as […]

ISIL and Progress

People like this fail… because the future is won by those who build, not destroy. One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century. Barack Obama A few months ago a reader tried (unsuccessfully) to explain to me that hunting and eating meat were […]

Puritan Women Experience Their First Orgasms


From the Vault: Till We Have Faces

Depression is an awful thing. If you suffer from depression, help is available. If you know someone who is depressed, it can’t hurt to carefully suggest treatment: the depressed person may resent the suggestion that he is sick, but he will not resent you for showing you care. Anyway, I am putting this post back up […]

Judging culture

How do we judge a foreign culture? Do we do it according to our own standards, or theirs, or by some objective standard? A couple of years ago there was some debate if the United States would have been better off had the South been successful in its 1860’s bid for independence. The argument was […]