Archive for the ‘Incantations’ Category

From 2008: A House Divided

This was written at the invitation of the founder of a Web site which unfortunately never saw the light of day. Waste not, want not, right?   A House Divided: Can Independent Thinking Flourish in the No-man’s Land of the American Culture Wars? When I was asked recently if I thought that our increasingly vicious culture wars […]

Mortem Confundit Magus*

Businessmen say going forward instead of in the future. Our Secretary of State says that Muammar al-Qaddafi must acknowledge what the International Community requires of him. A respected liberal economist, defending the necessity of nuclear power plants, remarks that it’s unlikely that the Chernobyl accident produced more than 50,000 excess deaths world-wide. He seems to take […]

The Summit of Dunsinane

These are difficult times. If you squint a little, you might just be able to make out a grave and solitary figure above us on the battlements, watching the distant consequences of his folly approach. President Bush? Many of us would like to think so, but that would be far too convenient. Even Democrats have […]