Is It Great Men or Great Times That Change Us?

This excerpt from is from a biography of Deng Xiaoping (Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel). Mao’s radicalism had destroyed China and the country was facing catastrophe when he took over. This brings up my youthful struggles with the age old argument of man versus history. The argument I [...]


Has Our Culture Become Degraded?

The title of this piece relates to an article in the City Journal, a book review of The Victims’ Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind, a book that presupposes that our culture has become degraded, and questions why that is. The presumed answer is that the mainspring of [...]


Higgs Boson Discovered!

I have a layman’s curiosity of things scientific (when I’m not dwelling on things economic), thanks mostly to Mrs. Econophile who follows current science. When I think about the quantum world my head spins as I’m not able to reconcile things such as different dimensions and the fact that one thing can be in two [...]


The Future According To MSFT (But Without Ballmer)

What we may be able to do with magic glass, Kinect, and Office. This is from MSFT. Everything is so clean and neat in the future.

By the way, you should know that Forbes called Steve Ballmer one of the worst CEOs ever and that he should be fired. But MSFT should not fret [...]


Interview With Futurist Ray Kurzweil

This is an interview with futurist-inventor Ray Kurzweil, a polymath who is a most interesting thinker. This appeared in the Montecito Journal, my very local paper. I think you will find his ideas provocative. — JH

Ray Kurzweil: The Ultimate Thinking Machine

By Jim Buckley of the Montecito Journal

He is a [...]


Christopher Hitchens Is Dead

I could have written the title to this piece as he’s “gone,” or “passed away”, or “departed” or “left the planet,” instead of the harsh word “dead,” but that wouldn’t be very Hitchensonian. Christopher Hitchens was one of the most prominent atheists (be preferred the word “antitheist”) and he understood that this is all there is. [...]


From Phoenecia to Hayek to the ‘Cloud’

I have been meaning to reprint this lecture/opinion piece that the Wall Street Journal republished from Matt Ridely’s Hayek Prize lecture for the Manhattan Institute. I saw it again in Cafe Hayek this morning. So here is the entire piece. It strikes a note since I am now reading Isabel Paterson’s God of the Machine.



The Birth Of Reason

Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 BC-AD 1000

by Barry Cunliffe, Yale University Press

[This excerpt is from]

[B]efore Plato, Socrates and the Golden Age of Pericles in Athens, the center of both trade and innovative thought in the world was Miletos, situated on the Mediterranean coast of what is now Turkey. What emerged at [...]


That Terrible Day

Like many people I have difficulty with thinking about 9-11 because when I do it seems fresh in my mind. And as we all know that is painful. I go back to a man whom I respect, William Edelen, a Christian minister, an intellectual, a thinker, and very definitely an iconoclast. He wrote the following piece right [...]


Conservative Affirmative Action

I believe that people should be judged on their abilities alone. I admire people of all persuasions who do well at their chosen path. Mostly I am talking about people’s ability to do a job well. Be they in business, be they a bureaucrat, be they a lawyer, doctor, or architect, be they warriors, be [...]


My Kindle and Marcus Aurelius

I recently acquired a Kindle. I can say that I love it. I find myself reading more stuff, and especially a wider variety of things. Things I wouldn’t normally read but always wish I had. Since it stores so much and since it’s so easy to use … The first thing I did was engage [...]