A selection of favorites from the editors of Ordinary Times
I have claimed before that civil society is a fragile thing. I’ll add to that that the more civil a society is the more fragile it is. By “civil” here I mean “be-stated”, and this is a continuous variable. Also before, prioritizing personal freedom over political freedom, I claimed that the freest nations are the ones with…
Critics of Wal-mart have latched onto its being open on Thanksgiving as a rallying cry. Doing so is a mistake.
A few thoughts on recovering one’s reputation for good moral character from very public past misdeeds. There should both a skeptical eye cast towards those who have been dishonest in the past and room for redemption from mistakes made in the past — but when does the latter overcome the former? Is it enough to have stayed out of trouble?
Kyle Cupp and Tod Kelly discuss Kyle’s new book. Along the way, Kyle waxes on his approach to faith and doubt, along with his daughter, the Pope, abortion, Paul Ricoeur, Job, and Firefly.
In which manure explains the unholy alliance between big government and big corporations.
The more things change …
Much of what we talk about when we talk about healthcare are the stories we choose to tell. Before we can solve this country’s healthcare crisis, it will be important for us to recognize this.
In which the necessity of a law is politically dismissed because of a massive public misunderstanding by a man with an eerily orange face.
Kazzy explains why he always thinks he’s right. And why you should, too.
Lovers and haters both are defending Richard Cohen’s eye-raising and seemingly racist Washington Post column. What is needed, the defenders say, is context, a more generous reading, and a retroactive editing of a few poorly chosen words. Tod Kelly does just that.
Concerning disaster porn and the publication of disasters.
No one would allocate votes by region if they were designing a democracy from scratch using available information technologies.
James Hanley proposes a No Rent Seeking constitutional amendment. The second in a two-part series.
In which I respectfully disagree with Prof. Hanley
On average, men wait significantly longer for prostate cancer surgery than women do for breast cancer surgery – and a lot of people are calling foul. The lesson to be learned from this much ballyhooed statistic? That more and more, ideology is forcing us to choose narrative over data. Tod Kelly explains.
James Hanley proposes a No Rent Seeking constitutional amendment.
Kazzy takes a look at the pros and cons of voting blocks.
Burt Likko celebrates the history of a city that seems all too frequently to act as though it had none, on the centennial anniversary of an important, oft-overlooked event. In the beginning was a ditch…
Roger imagines a better and more libertarian way to structure license plate giving programs.
Patience, unlike smoking crack, is a virtue.
A loathsome practice goes the way of the dodo? About time.
In which our hero resists the siren’s call of grad school. Twice. 20 years apart.
Katherine MW explores land use and water rights issues in Palestine.
Vikram suggests a moral code that is simple if not flexible.
The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Why is that? Seriously, why? We’re asking.