Emeritus professor of philosophy at Princeton Harry Frankfurt‘s book, On Bullshit, was a surprise bestseller a few years ago. Given the public musings about our President, I thought it time to revisit the main idea of the book. Continue reading Lying vs. Bullshit
(This is an unedited reprint of my essay from four years ago, “To My Grandchildren on the Eve of the 2016 American Presidential Election.”)
“The Republican Party has become an insurgent outlier — ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.” Continue reading A Plea To Voters in the 2020 Election
David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, has penned an article in The Atlantic that is both astute and terrifying—“Last Exit From Autocracy: America survived one Trump term. It wouldn’t survive a second.” It begins,
The most important ballot question in 2020 is not Joe Biden versus Donald Trump, or Democrat versus Republican. The most important question is: Will Trump get away with his corruption—will his crooked and authoritarian tactics succeed?
If the answer is yes, be ready for more. Much more.
BY THE NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD
Donald Trump’s re-election campaign poses the greatest threat to American democracy since World War II.
Death causes many to doubt life’s meaning. It isn’t surprising that the connection between death and meaninglessness pervades the pages of Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich, or that death figures prominently in much the world’s literature about the meaning of life. Continue reading Death and Meaning in Life