National Cheeseburger Day

Today is National Cheeseburger Day, reminding us that if nothing else democracies show effectiveness at naming commemorative holidays. And yet, the cheeseburger looms over us as a mighty symbol. When our forefathers crept out of caves the word “food” meant a process of hunting, gathering or growing raw materials and then cooking them. As specialization...Read more

They will cut you out

Let me explain a painful realism for the herd out there: all of our policy since 1789 has been based on the idea that society owes each of you survival. In other words, because you are human, society should provide for you to have a job, income, safe housing and so on. Liberal politics arose...Read more

How a conservative might implement Universal Basic Income (UBI)

The hive mind buzzes lately with the idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI) or a salary paid to people for simply existing. The hype says that it will be cheaper than welfare and treat everyone well. Dissent says that it is just another freebie designed to buy votes. Both are correct to a degree. UBI...Read more

Growing pains

You may have noticed that the site has lagged or been down lately. There are several reasons for this, but the most interesting is that we are growing. Our basic web stats for the past two weeks show: Successful requests for pages: 398,014 Average successful requests for pages per day: 30,580 Average data transferred per...Read more

The big world out there

Most people live in very small worlds. These worlds consist of their social group, people at their jobs, and their families. Beyond that, they know little — and they do not care. Their goal almost universally becomes to have an identity within this small social group. Here they can be either the big cheese, or...Read more

Writings on Nihilism by Vijay Prozak

Oncology (Jan 31st, 2010) Equality as a tool of the salesperson (Jul 15th, 2009) The First Lecture (Jul 2nd, 2009) 1789 (May 29, 2009) Blame (May 22nd, 2009) The Meme of Modernity (Feb 22nd, 2009) Crux (Feb 3rd, 2009) Fear (Feb 7th, 2009) If you don’t have your head up your ass (Feb 1, 2009)...Read more

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre 384 pages, Crown, $17 When the Cold War came grinding to an end, the thought struck many of us that it was not over. As long as there are potential superpowers competing for the throne, there will be some form of a...Read more

Passing the Buck

Everyone recognizes the gross violation when a guy is driving a car that bellows smoke like a mobile chimney. His car isn’t maintained and he knows it, but does nothing about it. His life is likely the same mess of moving wreckage everywhere he goes. Politicians recognize the specific offense of pollution, as if it...Read more

What people misunderstand about liberalism

You, the nice and well-intentioned people of the world, have a fatal flaw: you generally take things at face value. You are reasonable. Most of the people of the world are unreasonable. They do not care if they are telling the truth or what the consequences of their actions are. They will push you out...Read more

Amid the seas of the unknown

Knowledge is not power, the unknown is power. The unknown does not explain itself, the unknown does not justify itself. The unknown is the primordial fact. Man is aboard a ship surrounded by the seas of the unknown. We have steering, we have shelter, we have navigation systems, and we are thankful for this. Yet...Read more

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