All Rightly Understood Articles

A conservative take on the world

  • Are Americans Too Busy?

    From a certain view, the most probing question Alexis de Tocqueville had to answer in Democracy inAmerica is “Why are the Americans so restless in the midst of prosperity?”  Why can’t they just stop and enjoy all...

  • Panera Bread Is Getting Less Personal!

    As I've said before, my home away from home is Panera Bread.  It has a fireplace with real gas logs, couches, and a leisurely and rather personal environment.  It's a lot like Cheers, but with beer replaced by...

  • Marxism (and Conservatism) Today

    Ross Douthat has written on the revival of Marxism as a seductive theory in the wake of burgeoning economic inequality and the withering away of the middle class. He might have said that the futurist most attuned...

  • The Scholar-Athlete Becomes a Unionized Employee

    A regional division of the NLRB has ruled that Northwestern’s football players are more like employees of the university than students. So they are entitled to unionize and bargain collectively for pay, working...

  • The Brutal Ageism of Silicon Valley

    We’re told that our high-tech meritocracy based on productivity is the source of our enlightenment when it comes to our resolute opposition to racism, sexism, and heterosexism.  Certainly the demands of our...

  • Was Harold Ramis a Republican?!

    So here's an absolutely humorless article from the somewhat humorless liberal Salon that accuses the seemingly philosophic filmmaker Harold Ramis of having been a semi-closeted (well he's loud and proud in...

  • Why Was Putin's Invasion Unexpected?

    Our opinion leaders and policy makers seem to have been genuinely surprised that Putin has invaded a part of Ukraine (mostly but not only Crimea) and will likely invade more.  Why?  It's so clear to us that he's...

  • Putting the Humanity Back in Economics

    So Professor Jacob Stoll defends the study of the humanities with the thought that all the great economic thinkers from Aristotle to Locke to Adam Smith to Karl Marx to Lord Keynes and so forth and so on have been...

  • Quick Thoughts on Ukraine and Europe

    So I rarely share my opinions on contemporary international relations.  Let me throw caution to wind and say something about the significance about what’s going on in Ukraine. The real issue is whether Ukraine...

  • The Dystopian HER

    Her is quite the meticulous and creepily seductive criticism of our techno-orientation toward transhumanism.  It is the dystopian film of our time, a haunting glimpse at the near future. The transhumanist...

  • Don't Make Me Love My Work!

    Miya Tokumitsu writes with incisive elegance about our altogether elitist and self-indulgent view that our experts have these days about the relationship between love and work.  That view, of course, originates...

  • A Communitarian Appreciation of McDonald's

    So I differ from many other non-libertarian conservatives by appreciating many of America’s huge national and multinational chain institutions, such as Walmart and Waffle House. I was glad to discover in the...

  • Race, Family, and Song in Three Recent Films

    Well, I realize I’ve been failing you by not sharing my views on the top films. My remedial effort will begin with three I saw in the last couple of days. August: Osage County has quite a wonderful beginning,...

  • The Word of the Year: SCIENCE

    The Merriam-Webster people have named SCIENCE the word of the year. Why?  It had “the greatest increase in look-ups” in the online version of their dictionary.  This data might be pretty solid, given that they...

  • Dave Brooks Became Too Good to Smoke Pot

    Several people have asked me what I thought about David's column about the moral message we send people by completely legalizing marijuana. The price would drop rapidly.  It would be readily available.  And the...

  • The Superfluous Man?

    So Hanna Rosin is getting some attention by playing with the big idea that “men are finished.” That doesn’t mean they will literally disappear. It’s just women don’t need them anymore.  Well, for the...

  • Pope Francis on Our Elitist Indifference

    So now that he's been named Time's man of the year and all, it might be safe to say something good about Pope Francis on BIG THINK. Liberals like the pope because he seems to have deemphasized sexual ethics in...

  • Watching, Wandering, and Seeking

    My Christmas gift to you is this version of the African-American spiritual "Go Tell on the Mountain," sung by the Blind Boys of Alabama (with Stephen) on the Colbert Show.  Attend to the lyrics, which are about...

  • The News About the Universe Isn't Good

    Let me remind you of why I think all the Singularity talk about making what used to be called personal immortality possible by turning each of us into conscious machines is ridiculous. We could only become...

  • Should Atheists Be Transhumanists?

    The “visionary” and “philosopher” Zoltan Istvan says that, as an atheist, he must be a transhumanist.  You probably  think I’m going to start mocking transhumanism again.  Once again, you’ve misjudged me. I...

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