END THE DEBATE, GET SERIOUS

Planes were turned into bombs! New York and Washington were under attack. These facts and the gruesome aftermath awakened America and its intelligence and law enforcement agencies. As various post-9/11 inquiries made clear, our intelligence and law enforcement...

OUTRAGE COSTS

Oxygen is life-giving. When somebody remarks that a given person’s dominant personality “takes all the oxygen out of the room” they mean that the others in the room become lifeless. Most American journalists and especially pundits have become lifeless — outrage has...

Appetite or Reason?

What happens when big data and artificial intelligence tools dominate humanity? Will a super-rational world result as leaders, with the resources, use the tools? We are in the midst of finding out. Count me a skeptic. The early stage of the experiment started years...

Christmas Humbles or Should

Most writing has an autobiographical dimension—sometimes disguised but always there. This essay was triggered by a brief moment in my life which was recalled by an obituary last week. The obituary was about Cardinal Bernard Law whose last real job for the Vatican was...