Farmers in Crisis (No, Not in the Soviet Union)

Among my morning scan of the depressing, depressing news of the world, I came across this piece in The Guardian: "Why Are America's Farmers Killing Themselves in Record Numbers?" In a way, this is not a new story. As the article notes, the farm crisis of the 1980s, which brought us Farm Aid and other … Continue reading Farmers in Crisis (No, Not in the Soviet Union)

The Russian Revolution Was Not the Material for Your Modern Day Morality Play

Given that this is the centenary of Russia's October Revolution, I am not at all surprised that the internet, including mainstream outlets like the Washington Post, is full of reflections on those events. Many of them are thoughtful and offer considered evaluations of the revolution and its legacies. This one is not one of them. … Continue reading The Russian Revolution Was Not the Material for Your Modern Day Morality Play

Today from the Leftists at the New Yorker

This story, The Family That Built the Empire of Pain, which recently appeared in the New Yorker, was recommended by a friend the other day. The New Yorker does print good stuff, even if it's often interspersed with costal provincialism and cultural preconceptions. This is one case of the good, even if there is a little … Continue reading Today from the Leftists at the New Yorker