Piketty Roundup and the Non-Contradictions of Capitalism

I don’t have time to do a review of Thomas Piketty’s magisterial work on income and wealth inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, but fortunately, everyone who’s anyone has already done it for me. While I continue to slog my way through its 700 pages, here are several illuminating reviews: Randall Holcombe’s continuing series of posts at The Beacon are generally good, but his second was […] Read more

The Bizarre Outcome of SCOTUS’s Decision on Legislative Prayers

When government entangles itself with religion in any manner, it ultimately leads to strange outcomes. During the period prior to the West’s embrace of religious freedom, governments involved themselves in all manner of religious matters. The Supreme Court’s decision Monday to allow legislatures to have Christian prayers and paid chaplains will regrettably throw governments back into the religion […] Read more

Don’t mention your relationship–it’s “real-life feminist theory.”

This example of “feminist theory at work” comes from a blog post by Alecia Eberhardt called Stop Saying “I Have A Boyfriend”. Like similar not-even-half-assed feminist analyses of minor cultural phenomena, my first mental reaction was, “Well… I suppose that’s… wait a minute, what the hell?” The argument goes like this: Eberhardt enjoys “going out” (yes, in quotes) to bars and clubs, and […] Read more

Team “Do Something” Is Winning

Foreign policy statists react to foreign crises the same way progressives react to mass shootings: demanding policy proposals that will do nothing to fix the problem, but will make them feel like they’re morally superior to the “Do-Nothing” crowd. Fortunately for team “Do-Something,” they have home court advantage (saturating the greater Washington D.C. area as […] Read more