Free Speech is a Double Edged Sword

Leon Klinghoffer was murdered by the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1985. He was an elderly retired Jewish man and confined to a wheelchair and on a cruise. The cruise was hijacked by the PLO and Klinghoffer was shot in the head and then thrown into the sea. In 1991, the event was turned into an…


Announcing the Ordinary Times Food Symposium

Without food, a table is but a place of convenient storage, a suspended plane where we temporarily discard books, car keys and the daily mail. But set food on that same table, and it magically becomes a place where we raise families, solve the World’s Problems over wine, celebrate, mourn, break hearts and fall in love.


A Bad Bargain

Adam Ozimek thinks that it would be a good idea for Republicans to bargain a higher minimum wage for cutting the corporate tax, on the basis that raising the minimum wage would be so problematic that it would get repealed. Will Truman disagrees.


Skills Mismatch

I see this sort of thing fairly often when looking for jobs on Craigslist and other sites. A firm will post an add looking for an entry to intermediate level attorney. The add will mention some low levels of experience. Usually anywhere between zero to three years. The job description also seems to match a…


“Unwinnable” Cultural Debates

As I’ve mentioned earlier this week, I am a big fan of Philip Roth novels. I think the Philip Roth novels capture the psyche and inner turmoil of American Jews who were too young to fight in WWII but too old to be part of the baby boom. They grew up with significant anti-Semitism in…


Why We Need the Liberal Arts

Blake Lively is a relatively famous actor who has appeared in a TV show about horrible rich high school students behaving badly and some movie about a pair of pants that sees the world through steerage and doing odd jobs for under the table pay at local resorts. She is married to another relatively famous…