Alan Jacobs

Posts in category “Ethics”

Co-Living, Extended Families, and Hidden Persuaders

Why “co-living” is seen as pretty cool — but living with one’s extended family impossible.

Posted May 11th, 2016

Hollywood and Cultural Appropriation

How can we tell the difference between bad “cultural appropriation” and the kind that’s intrinsic to culture itself?

Posted April 15th, 2016

Thinking about Transgenderism

Though there is no actual debate about transgender people, there is action — legal action — and more to come.

Posted April 6th, 2016

The Outgroup and Its Errors

On the increasingly open discrimination against fellow citizens who hold the wrong views.

Posted April 2nd, 2016

Dialogue on Democracy, Part 10

On broken communities, Econs, and Humans.

Posted March 28th, 2016

Naming the Dead

Attending to the victims of violence.

Posted March 24th, 2016

The Trade-In Society

We are becoming habituated to making the nuclear option the first option.

Posted January 25th, 2016

On Suicide and Marriage

Does caring for each other in suffering only fulfill the marital bonds within a religious framework?

Posted January 21st, 2016

Parting the Veil of Ignorance

The Wheaton College conflict cannot be abstracted away from the real humans involved

Posted January 12th, 2016


Refuting the Kentucky Clerk—and defending her

Posted September 2nd, 2015

The Selfish Babette

This morning Rod calls our attention to this post about cooking the …

Posted August 2nd, 2013

How Dare You?

Sometimes people quit the internet — and quit other things because of …

Posted August 1st, 2013

The End of Growth?

Go for prosperity—but prepare yourself to live decently in relative poverty.

Posted July 29th, 2013

Problems of Engineering and Problems of Life

One of the key themes of the book I’m just beginning to …

Posted July 26th, 2013

The Pathetic Loser and His Friends

When The Onion is good, it’s really good: Former classmates also confirmed …

Posted July 24th, 2013

God’s Hotel

Over at Books and Culture, a very thoughtful review is behind a …

Posted July 23rd, 2013

The Walking Boy

A story of boyhood racism and violence in Birmingham, Alabama

Posted July 16th, 2013