Reaper at Bay

Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End is an eminently useful book. Contrary to the implication of his title, Gawande’s subject isn’t death—the dying aren’t dead, after all, they are living. Rather, his purpose is to help readers navigate the treacherous shoals of medical and caregiving choices that we or loved ones face as we grow Read More ›

Our Amazing Array of Food

Raw, vegan, gluten-free, paleo. In Seattle, where elimination diets abound, I’m a convinced and happy omnivore. I gladly eat fresh melons from Mexico (it helps the Mexican economy and consoles me on a rainy day) and I also shop at the farmer’s market for anything local they have on offer — maybe somebody’s artisanal chèvre cheese or heritage tomatoes. Our Read More ›

The Real Problem with the Housing Market

Author and philosopher Jay Richards says that well-meaning but vastly harmful government housing policies helped cause the financial crisis and now, five years later, the government is even more deeply involved in the housing market.

Gilder: This Is a Golden Age for Content

August 5 (Bloomberg) — Chairman of George Gilder Fund Management George Gilder discusses cable innovation and the future of technology with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Swamp green duckweed. Magical summer swamp deep in the forest.

Gilder to Moneynews: Obama’s Anti-American Policies Have Trapped ‘US’ in Fiscal Swamp

Pre-eminent political/economic author George Gilder thinks “fiscal cliff” is the wrong term to describe what the country faces. It’s actually a “fiscal swamp,” and it’s President Barack Obama who has filled that swamp, Gilder tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview. As for the morass, “we’re in a fiscal swamp today that leads into the future as long as you Read More ›

No Religious Cleansing of Bioethics

“In Defense of Irreligious Bioethics” (Murphy 2012) was one of the most perplexing articles I have ever read in a bioethics journal. Mostly, the author complains bitterly about the unjust and unpredictable manner in which the nonexistent deity answers or ignores prayer. Indeed, the article struck me as the written equivalent of a man standing on a box in Hyde Read More ›

The Human Exceptionalist- July 2012

  July 31, 2012 “The morality of the 21st century will depend on how we respond to this simple but profound question:  Does every human life have equal moral value simply and merely because it is human?  Answer yes, and we have a chance of achieving universal human rights.  Answer no, and it means that we are merely another animal in Read More ›

Mitt Romney’s Moment

This article, published by the Berkshire Eagle, quotes Discovery Institute Senior Fellow George Gilder: Capitalism is not about greed. “The moral core of capitalism,” said Gilder “is the essential altruism of enterprise.” Entrepreneurs are motivated to create value for others. Only then do they receive value in exchange-but the sacrifice comes first, before any return can possibly be realized. Furthermore, Read More ›