Trump as Commodus

Thursday, 9th February 2017

I was watching Gladiator not long ago, and it just hit me: I’ve seen this movie before. Or rather, I am seeing it again. Donald Trump is the Emperor Commodus. He’s all about show. He… Continue reading…


Shock and Awe and Analogies

Saturday, 28th January 2017

From Jan. 28, 2017

A week of shock and awe pronouncements and diktats from the US emperor-president finishes with an unconstitutional, immoral, and hypocritical directive to bar people from specific countries to enter the US…. Continue reading…


Mirror World Nobels

Tuesday, 24th January 2017

From Jan. 24, 2017


This feels like the opposite of Nobel prize week. Instead of a celebration of ideas that were successful, this is a week of really bad ideas.

Physics anti-prize –… Continue reading…

Ethics, Reason


Saturday, 14th January 2017

From Jan. 14, 2017

What’s wrong with hypocrisy? We usually think that it’s a violation of integrity, or that it’s a form of lying. These researchers argue that it’s about virtue signalling. We’re offended… Continue reading…


Being Stupid

Wednesday, 21st December 2016

From Dec. 21, 2016

Here’s a chunk of text from a contribution I’m making to a volume in African philosophy. This is not just about African philosophy, obviously, but about what it means to be… Continue reading…

Economics, Media, Politics, Race

Boys and Men

Saturday, 3rd December 2016

From Dec. 3 2016

I was reading through my June 1903 copy of The American Boy, as one does, and came across this little racist nugget in an article on lacrosse:

“It is characteristic of… Continue reading…


Timothy Snyder on fascism

Monday, 28th November 2016

Nov. 28, 2016

The following was originally posted to Twitter by Timothy Snyder, historian of the Holocaust and of modern Europe at Yale University. I think these points are well taken no matter who one… Continue reading…

Health, Politics

Health Care Under Trump

Friday, 25th November 2016

From Nov. 25, 2016



NYT: “Many in Florida Count on Obama’s Health Law, Even Amid Talk of Its Demise”

So, for all those who said that they took Trump seriously but not… Continue reading…

Philosophy, Reason

Socrates the gadfly

Monday, 21st November 2016

From Nov. 21, 2016

This Socrates fellow might have been on to something. Some of the charges at his trial included that “Socrates is a doer of evil, who corrupts the youth; and who does… Continue reading…