“… the methods of thinking that are living activities in men are not objects of reflective consciousness.” — Charles S. Peirce (1892)The history of the modern physical sciences in the twentieth century is strewn with instances of discipline-shattering “thought experiments.” Perhaps the most famous is Einstein’s 1919 prediction of a solar eclipse proving his theory… Continue reading How is an American Left Still Possible? Four Theses
Moments ago, the President's private legal team walked off the stage from their press conference and opening statement.Many readers of LFFC will agree that it was a long-overdue statement of a legal reality that seems plausible to many of us, but clearly needs to be spelled out for our fellow countrymen. A few observations on the… Continue reading The Legal and Political Persuasion Begins, Finally
A recent item by Zachary Yost on "technocracy" ought to be essential reading for anyone who does not already know what that word means. Yost helps people recognize a coherent ideology that has come on to the scene sotto voce, though with unmistakable impact, over the course of 2020. And if you thought the so-called… Continue reading The Technocratic Threat to Self Government
No thanks, FOX. We're tired of Koolaid. A Massive Exodus From Old/Social Media has begun. The Narrative must die! Since this morning my phone has been lighting up every few seconds with new friend activity on MeWe and Parler. It reminds me of the early dopamine highs of the Wild West days of social media, when… Continue reading The Great Migration 2.0
The True Trump Threat is What He Reveals About Liberalism Both Joe Biden and President Trump agree on one thing: the Trump presidency is “an existential threat” to the American ruling class. The difference is that Trump sees the elites as a threat to the populace, and Biden regards the populace as a threat to… Continue reading Trump: Existential Threat as Civic Promise
Few people encounter the name Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942) anymore. Sure, there are architecture aficionados who know of Cram from his Collegiate Gothic gems at Princeton University, Bryn Mawr College, St. John the Divine Cathedral in Manhattan, and other exemplary buildings from his oeuvre that contributed to America’s proud, pre-Modernist cultural landscape. Most don’t know that… Continue reading Cram It!
Last week the U. S. Court of Appeals of for the Ninth Circuit declared that the NSA’s blanket surveillance programs targeting Americans’ phone records are unlawful. This comes fully seven years after Edward Snowden revealed the existence of these programs and was forced to flee the United States as a whistle blower with a glowing… Continue reading Pardon Snowden Now