Category Archives: Culture

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

My walk to school today passed four synagogues with numbers of people streaming in. I enjoy seeing people dressed up for religious holidays, even if I don’t understand the significance of their clothing (also I think it would be great if fedoras made a fashion comeback). Those entering the smaller Chassidic synagogue wore all black [...]

Humble Big Apple Pie?

Russell Shorto proposes a novel thesis in today’s New York Times: New York City has been a liberal flagship because it exemplifies Christian humility. The us-them divide that conservative Christians maintain holds that, historically, they have Christian morality on their side while others have only their Enlightenment gods of science and reason. And some of [...]

Law and Revolution

I’ve been reading the Gulag Archipelago on and off for a while. Solzhenitsyn wittily lances the Soviet insanities while recognizing that the problem is not mainly with a particular government but with the human condition. I credited myself with unselfish dedication. But meanwhile I had been thoroughly prepared to be an executioner. And if I [...]

Intimidate Thy Neighbor

Some here in Massachusetts are trying to put on a ballot in 2008 a referendum about gay marriage. The idea is that given an option voters might decide against gay marriage. But Thomas Lang and Alexander Westerhoff are doing what they can to make sure voters never have that choice: Now, the question’s supporters must [...]

Yahoo’s Ethical Dilemma

Information Yahoo provided to Chinese authorities led to the essentially political arrest of journalist Shi Tao. Most of us would applaud Yahoo for providing information that led to the arrest of a murderer or a child-molester, in which cases Yahoo would similarly be helping local authorities enforce the law. However, what Yahoo did to Shi [...]

Katrina Blame Game

Apparently the damage in New Orleans is President Bush’s fault (HT: Wallo World): In early 2004, as the cost of the conflict in Iraq soared, President Bush proposed spending less than 20 percent of what the Corps said was needed for Lake Pontchartrain, according to a Feb. 16, 2004, article, in New Orleans CityBusiness. On [...]