Guns and the Religion of Competitive Materialism

Thanks to my friend Mark Heinz for catalyzing this post. I started out to reply to something he said on Facebook, only to realize that exploring the subject made for a post that was just...

Healthcare Mythology 101: Socialized Medicine?

I’d like to talk about mythology. Not Greek mythology or Norse mythology, but American Healthcare mythology. In his book, The Healing of America, TR Reid listed a number of healthcare myths he had busted in the course...

Media and Race Bias—Is that a thing?

Just stumbled across an article on media race (ethnic) bias on DailyKOS that I found thought-provoking. Let me say right off the bat that I’m not sure what to do with the term “race” since it’s basically...

Ferguson, Staten Island and National Triage

National leaders and would-be leaders are weighing in on who’s to blame for the high profile deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, among others. In Brown’s case, a law enforcement officer shot the young...

The Healing of America: Healthcare 101

In his book The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Healthcare, journalist T.R. Reid does what I had hoped for some time that our national leaders would do: he undertook to...

Sam Harris, Reza Aslan and Hiding the Ball

There’s a new volley in the ongoing feud between Sam Harris and people who question his crusade against Islam. During a discussion at the Harvard Science Center, Harris made the claim that Muslim violence is different than...