Gentrification’s Hollow Victory

Have you driven through a gentrified neighborhood? It is marvelous is it not? The streets are clear of needles. The porches are clear and clean. The old homes are restored. Brick warehouses or storefronts have been sand-blasted, looking like they did in 1910. You can walk streets at dusk with a friend without a care…

Ethics Without Ethics

Last month, my daughter’s ballet class had a parents’ open house. Five year olds in tutus struggle through basic steps, but it is to share a Kodak moment. Across the floor my daughter and the handful of other girls moved. She laughed with a little towheaded girl when a specific song came on, and that…

Accelerationist Court Rhetoric

After the Kavanaugh fiasco, a cry rose up from the punditocracy. “When we get back in power, we will stack the Supreme Court! #11Justices” Some even said this should be a litmus test for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Politicians did not say this but the media did, which holds real power anyway. The media…

The Microcharity Future

All institutions are under fire in America. The survey results for faith in institutions shows eroding trust in all except for the military, but they are just one punch away from joining the rest. One that gets less attention but is suffering immensely are American charities. This points to an opportunity now and to build…

When Bioleninism Backfires

Summer has come and gone. With more people out in the warm summer weather, one gets to see the state of society and the culture in greater detail. More people are out mingling. Vacations are taken. The beach calls us. Few places reveal so much about people and preferences than beaches. The beach also shows…