The Cultural Incentives of Mass Murder

From ISIS to Oregon, a sick society rewards the gruesomely violent with immortality in this world.

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Abandoning vs. Living In Place

When should we move, and when should we “stay put”?

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In Defense of Commuting

How to find joy in rush hour traffic

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Assisted Suicide and “Reasonable Medical Judgment”

California’s new euthanasia law seems already ripe for abuse

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What “Organic” Means

Have big government and big agribusiness “hijacked” the label?

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How Red Was My Hollywood

In an age grappling with class, race, identity, and the Great Depression, many artists flirted with the left.

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The Beauty of Books

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