it could BE different

No War, No Science, Just Art

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Deleting History

That is Mr. Sherman, a man who never said a foolish thing in his life. Thomas Jefferson 237 years ago today, the Continental Congress appointed a five man committee to … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Bad News for the Auto Industry?

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.  Aldous Huxley A report by the US Public Research Group has two interesting findings: 1) Under any reasonable scenario, the … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Stand Up and Stop Listening

To say that a thing has never yet been done among men is to erect a barrier stronger than reason, stronger than discussion. Thomas Brackett Reed In a popular course … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

Not So Different Cultures

I have two sons in America, and all they care about in Chinese culture is Jackie Chan and Jet Li.  Ang Lee I traveled to China with a group of … Continue reading

May 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

A World Without Jobs

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need. Voltaire Imagine a world that has the resources to provide for everyone’s needs and most of their desires BUT has … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · Leave a comment


The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov The recent passing of C. Everett Koop is an appropriate time … Continue reading

February 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Home Alone

The only place you see a free market is in the speeches of politicians. Dwayne Andreas Thanks to my friend Erik Pages, I’m going to be lazy this week and … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Time is Now

I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. Georg Lichtenberg For our children … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · Leave a comment


I’d love to change the world; But I don’t know what to do; So I’ll leave it up to you. Alvin Lee At 18 I wanted to change the world. … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Winds of Change

“Until the Northeast gets hit hard, Congress will not pass hurricane insurance reform” then Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi, post-Katrina FEMA’s response to hurricane Sandy has received largely positive reviews. … Continue reading

November 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Path to More Failed Therapeutics

The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes. Benjamin Disraeli Ask a committee of 16 academics, 3 bureaucrats, … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

PEDalling Change

Turn on, tune in, drop out. Timothy Leary Two Armstrongs have been in the news recently and both have been central figures in changing our world view. I don’t have … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Sex and the Arab Spring

Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. Helen Gurley Brown Burning bras, ‘Maude’, and Bobby Riggs vs. Billie Jean King are my strongest memories of the second wave … Continue reading

August 14, 2012 · Leave a comment