Casual Death

Casual Death My tongue-in-cheek definition of “minor surgery” is surgery that’s performed on somebody else. I’m reminded of this every time a Republican talks about the need for us, as a society, to “sacrifice” some people as a way to save the American economy. For them death’s okay, so long as it happens to someone…

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly I live in an apartment in Manhattan with my wife and two sons. Our apartment has a small terrace, and during the pandemic we have been going out on our terrace every night at 7pm to join our fellow New Yorkers in cheering for medical workers and first…

True Believers?

True Believers? Shortly after Vice President Mike Pence was picked to lead the Trump regime’s response (such as it is) to the coronavirus, a picture was released from the White House showing the Virus Task Force kneeling in prayer, led by Mr. Pence. I guess at that point they still hadn’t wasted enough time in…

Our Imaginary Humanist President

Our Imaginary Humanist President What if our president were a Humanist? (We can dream, can’t we?) The Trump regime’s response to the Covid-19 crisis has been pretty predictable, as well as terrifying, infuriating, and depressing, and would be borderline comical if it weren’t so tragic. The only way Donald J. Trump would be a Humanist…

If God is So Good, Why Are Things So Bad?

If God Is So Good, Why Are Things So Bad? On April 12, we were treated in the Times Sunday Review section to all sorts of religious gobbledygook. One of my favorites was from Ross Douthat (“The Pandemic and the Will of God”) in which he stated “The purpose of suffering may be mysterious, but…

True Believers?

True Believers? Shortly after Vice President Mike Pence was picked to lead the Trump regime’s response (such as it is) to the coronavirus, a picture was released from the White House showing the Virus Task Force kneeling in prayer, led by Mr. Pence. I guess at that point they still hadn’t wasted enough time in…

The Rule of Law Is Everything

The Rule of Law Is Everything We’ve all read and heard recently about the degradation of the rule of law in the United States that has occurred under the Trump regime. It is therefore imperative that the American people understand what the rule of law is, and why it is essential to a functioning democracy.…

Don’t Blame Us

Don’t Blame Us For those of us who follow what they used to call “current events” back when I was in grade school, these are indeed terrifying times. This applies to local, national, and international news stories. I’ll take a look at some specific issues later in this essay, but the main point I want…

You Don’t Need Religion To Be a Mensch

You Don’t Need Religion To Be a Mensch The religious right, never a paragon of reason and rationality, has gone nuts. Recently, both pastors and politicians have taken to declaring that Donald Trump was picked by their god to be president. Examples abound. In November of 2019 then Secretary of Energy Rick Perry referred to…

Star Trek Knows

Star Trek Knows One of the things I like about the “Star Trek” franchise is its vision of the future. If Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is right, hundreds of years from now the people of our planet will be led by a single government, having done away with the nationalism that has produced so…