In a New York Times opinion piece today David Leonhardt explains why the United States is “the most dangerous of wealthy nations for a child to be born into.” And these are not even his words, but are instead the words of the journal Health Affairs. The gist of Leonhardt’s article is that the US is falling behind the rest of the world in reducing infant mortality, vehicle … Continue reading The US is “the most dangerous of wealthy nations for a child to be born into”
Congratulations if you’re planning to read this article. Many will not. Many will see the title as anti-patriotic and will be irritated or insulted or angry. And so they won’t continue. Yet that’s a shame, because it is such intolerance to new ideas that is the point of my claim. Patriotism doesn’t have to mean intolerance but, somehow, that’s what it’s become. For some people … Continue reading Why Patriotism Is Bad
This past week’s Economist reviewed a new book by Stacy Schiff titled The Witches: Salem, 1692. I have not read the book, but the review makes clear how barbaric and unfair the witch trials were. Those that confessed to being witches were often spared while those who were adamant of their guilt were often executed. William Stoughton, the chief justice at the trials, allowed bizarre evidence (“spectral evidence”) … Continue reading Are We Witches or Something More?