Stories I Follow…

There are so many great writers and stories out there making sense of the world! I save the links to articles that are beautifully written and cover critical stories shaping the world today.

TECHNOLOGY

The world of technology is changing everything, from history to economics to culture. Changes in technology are leading indicators and come to change everything else in time. Here are some of the best writers and articles I’ve been able to find that describe the change.

Why Software Is Eating the World – This article, written by Netscape inventor and tech investor Marc Andreessen, is over 10 years old now but articulates the inevitability of the spread and dominance of software.

Software Is Eating The World, But Services Are Eating Software – This follow up in Forbes is not nearly as good as the Andreessen article it references, but the writer makes a good point that services are consolidating software into SaaS companies which, in turn, can provide the backbone of thousands of software implementations.

The Network Effects Bible – Software that creates networks dominates in a way that software that performs a single function does not. This article describes how networks are created and proliferated.

Crypto millionaires are pouring money into Central America to build their own cities – The tech train will undo the nation-state in time. I’ve noted for a long time that one day, there will be a competition for citizenship, and the new tech cities built on independence from national money is drawing that day forward. Utopian dreams, for now.

Entrepreneurs and the Truth – A ‘reality distortion field’ may serve a short term purpose, but over the long term, it’s deadly both personally and financially.

‘Find the smartest technologist in the company and make them CEO’ – Mere from Marc Andreeson where he talks about the big three emerging technologies.

What is Web3? Here Are Some Ways To Explain It To A Friend – Web1 is read-only, Web2 is read-write, Web3 is read-write-own. Here’s the details.

Why Is There Maximalism In Crypto? – AC power v DC power, Microsoft v Apple, and now Ethereum v Bitcoin.. We’ve heard this story before.

Deep Fakes of Real Actors – A digital version of yourself opens opportunities but it also opens up the question of rights.

The Dubrovnik Interviews: Marc Andreessen – More gold from the most interesting voice in the tech world.

Is Moore’s Law Really Dead? – Chips aren’t doubling in capacity anymore, or falling in price, but for a long time, they were, and it had to start somewhere.

‘Digital twin’ tech is twice as great as the metaverse – As a friend said to me, “You can’t predict the future, but you can create a digital twin of now, and then model out future scenarios.” Digital twin tech is interesting and useful.

The Golden Age of Aerospace – A country that loses it’s ability to design and build useful tech needs to recapture that ability.

You Are Not Destined to Live in Quiet Times – The changes are real and aren’t slowing down.

Silicon Valley’s Civil War – Nothing new here, really. The new rich are trying to impose their vision by force, and other of the new rich are trying to uphold freedoms.

HEALTH AND AGING

Is there any goal more exciting and worthy than extending life-span and more importantly, health-span? There are so many great stories to tell here. Is aging a treatable disease, like so many other disease, and therefore, not inevitable?

Lust for life: breaking the 120-year barrier in human ageing – There are many theories of aging and several researchers posit that humans are programmed to die if they reach the maximin age of 120, or 6 times the age to maturity (6 X 20 years). But, even if that is true, might we break through that barrier as we have broken past previous barriers?

The New Aging – Pascal Brucker offers a great essay on the new phase of life that is not young or old, but not the same as in the past. How to define ourselves in a place our parents never were… “Everywhere the human condition escapes us, as we enter the era of liquid generations and identities. Today, many yearn to be free of the yoke of age and to benefit from the suspension between middle and old age, seeking to invent a new art of living.”

I’ve Been Through This Before – This is a fascinating article about the corruption of science by experts who pretend to certainty they don’t really have. Yes, it is about COVID, but its also about the origins of autism, which are still not understood. NOW, we acknowledge it isn’t understood, but in the past, they just blamed the mothers.

Scientists Find No Evidence That Depression Is Caused by “Chemical Imbalance” or Low Serotonin Levels – What is drug marketing was nonsense all along?

No Cure For Loneliness – Staying connected matters most.

The debate over whether aging is a disease rages on – Real people doing real things say it is.

Unnatural Causes: The Case of the Texas Serial Elder Murders – Because they were old, no one looked closer at their deaths. But older people don’t ‘just die’ as they say.

Where Is the Cure for Alzheimer’s? – Like the theory of fat and heart attacks, when science goes for the money, money is what the find, and not the truth.

No Other Options – Never, never, never, surrender to the health ‘care’ systems. There are doctors that kill. They are out there. In Canada, the have the legal authority to kill, and they do.

Health for Sale – Medicalizing life so that it can be packaged and sold.

Can you escape obesity? – What is driving this is well known. If I can do it, anyone can.

SEX AND GENDER

Few cultural trends are as perplexing as the idea that has taken hold that gender, better described as the different between men and women, a fact long established by every facet of human affairs, from law to religion to science, is actually a malleable barrier one can cross at will.

The Real Story Behind Drag Queen Story Hour – I am an alum of CalArts, a school with a strong gay identity. Much of what is chronicled here, I heard about at CalArts lieterally 40 years ago.

US appeals court: Beauty pageant can bar trans contestants – Interesting. If trans contestants can be barred based on a free speech reasoning, then they can’t be considered a protected class. Even the 9th Circuit court agrees with this logic.

The Placebo Is the Point – No one is ‘assigned’ anything at birth. The feeling that one is in the wrong body is evidence of some mental issue and treating it with drugs is its own problem. Apparently, fake drugs will work just fine.

Blackpool’s forsaken children – In the UK, abused girls are choosing to transition. What is the link between trauma and the urge to change the body in an extreme fashion?

I Thought I Was Saving Trans Kids. Now I’m Blowing the Whistle – Another medical professional comes forward with tales of what’s happening in these clinics. Incredible, but not surprising. The ‘care system’ that will put kids on drugs will also mutilate their bodies.

J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues – The world’s most successful author on her own experience before and after Harry Potter.

The tragedy of becoming a woman – Why aren’t the plaintiff lawyers going after this medical disaster?

Lying to Ourselves – Pity and compassion, formerly Christian virtues, are the virtues that run wild in the modern social liberal’s mind.

The New York Trans – Thou shalt not question trans orthodoxy. Truly incredible the capture of the journalism profession by the activist class.

Is Trans The New Anorexia? – I knew a few girls with anorexia, and yes, it was a ‘prestige diagnosis’.

Fictionalizing Māori History in the Name of Gender Ideology – There is no culture that has recognized the idea that you can change genders at will, or affirmed a surgical procedure to do so.

Humanity for Sale – Here is the best explanation yet for why this is happening. Short answer; there is money in it.

SPACE

I’ve long held that if there is anything to the idea of heaven, or a God, space is the only thing we know about that qualifies. It is infinite and infinite in it’s power and mystery. I see interesting articles about our exploration of this God-like domain.

NASA’S MEGAROCKET IS ABOUT TO BLAST OFF TOWARD THE MOON – We’re headed out of earth orbit again.

Confirmed! James Webb Space Telescope has bagged the oldest known galaxies – We can’t agree on what to eat but we can see back to the beginning of time!

‘We better watch out’: NASA boss sounds alarm on Chinese moon ambitions – the old America would have claimed the moon long ago and used it as a base for further expansion. We may come to regret the ‘one small step for man’ statement.

SpaceX Crew-6 mission’s approach to space station captured in breathtaking video – Leaving the confines of earth is one of humanities greatest triumphs, even though we haven’t figured out what to do up there yet.

THE JEWS

Many of the writers I enjoy write for Jewish magazines and newspapers, and they write about things of concern to Jews. As anyone interested in history quickly discovers, the Jews have had a profound effect of the history of Western civilization even though they have always been small in number. They are said to be the canary in the coalmine of Western history, and I believe that to be true.

Hannah and Anne – Neither of these girls survived World War 2, but both had a profound effect on Jewish history and consequently, world history.

The Doublethinkers – In a society where many thoughts can’t be expressed without severe punishment, and mistakes are costly, people learn to segment their thinking. Soviet society was like this, and similar methods and results are spreading to the West, so says the Jewish son of a Soviet writer.

The BDS Pound of Flesh – The Jews are always asked to give way and it never works out for them. A ‘pound of flesh’ was the expression from Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ play and nothing has changed since then.

The American Zionist Dream – The great Walter Russell Mead writes about “How William Blackstone, Henry Cabot Lodge, and their fellow Christians saw a Jewish state as deeply American”

On This Day: Poles kill 340 Jews in Jedwabne pogrom 81 years ago – It is important to understand what happened to the Jews because they are a bell weather for many other things. The Jews in Israel are the decedents of the survivors of the Jews of Europe, and those that would kill them all must be seen for what they are.

Survivors in the Catskills – Once there were veterans of Gettysburg still with us, and then they were gone. There were survivors of the trenches in World War 1, and they are gone. With the passing of these people goes first hand real witnesses and then the memories and meaning are attached to people who weren’t there. Soon enough, the last witnesses of the Holocaust will be gone and the witness testimony goes with them. Already, in museums all over the world, the Holocaust is being ‘de-Jewed,’ and turned into soft sell stories about ‘social justice’ which has nothing to do with genocide and anti-Semitism. We say we won’t forget, but we will.

Kanye West’s Dark, Twisted Fantasy – I’ve never thought Kanye was interesting, and now he’s drifting further off the rails.

Prime Ministers of the Book – Israel’s three most significant leaders were also dedicated readers. As I’ve told my kids, only one of which is a reader, those that don’t read are no better off than those who can’t read.

Startling Intimations of Greatness – Woody Allen is a national treasure.

Picturing a Lost World – Whole cities destroyed and everyone in them killed. That’s the reality of the Eastern European murder of the Jews.

The Anti-Semitic Disease – Rest in Peace, beloved Paul Johnson

The Man Who Saved My Grandfather – More stories from the defining event in Judaism now, which is the Holocaust.

Auschwitz Studies – The difference between knowledge and ignorance, between truth and lies, is the difference between life and death.

The Vanishing – I worked for one of the most prominent gay and Jewish producers in Hollywood, Craig Zaden. This was my #Metoo moment and I left has company because Craig was a little too aggressive, but I really didn’t care; he was interesting and smart and shared a lot of information with me. Would Craig still be in his position today? There is reason to think not.

Richard Belzer was a Jewish comedian. Why didn’t his obituaries say so? – The de-Jewing continues.

Her Name Was Luka – More stories form the Holocaust tales of survival, and also heroism.

A Skirt, a Wig, and a Glock-19 – Only self defense can keep the Jews safe.

Polish Responsibility for the Holocaust Was Not Minor – Everyone wanted in on the Nazi game. The die as cast for the Jews well before Hitler came along. The Poles, the Russians, the French.. Only the British seem to have resisted the impulse enough to avoid taking the bait to kill their Jews when the opportunity arose.

The New Herodians – The Americans are the Romans to the Jews, and they know that trusting us is not wise. Why is there a pro-Iran faction in any part of the United States government? Is it rank anti-Semitism? That would fit the facts.

CHINA

China is clearly a state on the rise with a huge ethically homogenous population and leadership with a strong ‘will to power.’ They have vision, energy, and determination, much like the United States once had. Will they dominate the world? The future will hinge on the Chinese people and state. Great writers and reporters are chronicling the story.

Ideology Is Losing. China Is Winning – The Chinese are highly focused on results regardless of ideology.

The Thirty Tyrants – American and Europeans made China rise by agreeing to relocate portions of our economy there. This made sense in some ways, but many citizens lost in this great transfer of wealth and power. And now, we have the powerful nation state of China to deal with. Who, and why?

The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War? – This classic essay from 2015 examines the trend of dominant powers coming to blows with rising powers. The US is a dominant power and has been since the end of WW2. China is a rising power since the 1970s when Mao died and the country was economically liberalized. Will these great powers come to military conflict, as great and rising powers have in the past?

Red Dusk – Here is a contrarian view on the Chinese. China has baked in failure over time.

China’s Impossible Dream of Order – China struggles to get out of the trap the past created.

China’s Lessons from Russia’s War – Paul Rudd, the former PM of Australia, writes about what the Chinese leadership is taking from the war in Ukraine. Spoiler: they won’t be deterred by Russian failure.

China’s new carrier – Getting ahead but still far behind the US capability.

Is China A Mahanian Sea Power? – Yes, but a poor one. Mark Steyn nailed it on China long ago; they will get old before they get rich.

The cost of China’s zero-child policy – Mark Steyn pointed this out years ago, of course, that China would get old before it got rich. The cost of that policy, one which implicated the whole country in a monstrous crime, will be total.

China’s Future Ain’t What It Used to Be – Just because they are foundering doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous. But, as I’ve noted, the Chinese doesn’t have a universal culture, and they don’t represent any universal aspirations of the world. The Russians don’t either. Until we were consumed by leftist nutters, we in the United States did, and we’re gonig to get that back.

Reversal in the Year of the Rabbit – A nice summary of the China situation.

A Prisoner of China. An American Scandal – I have no plans to travel there any time soon.

HISTORY

You can’t understand the present or future if you aren’t grounded in history. Life didn’t start yesterday, and no idea is truly new. Great writers are covering new ground all the time. Even the old ground still yields treasures of understanding.

Our History Then and Now – A country with a national narrative of villainy cannot prevail long. It wasn’t always that way, and great histories enlighten and entertain, but we are not in a day of great histories: “Yet the days when moderate men wrote eloquent and inspiriting American histories — and were handsomely rewarded for their excellence — are gone, perhaps never to return. The objective of more recent historians is to leave the reader feeling soiled by his contact with our past.

An Almost-Blessing and an Almost-Curse for an Almost-Chosen Nation – But, there is still great writing out there looking over the past to find meaning for the present and direction for the future. Such writers are a treasure to cherish.

Has America Lost Its Story? – The hero journey of the United States inspired all walks of life to pursue freedom from slavery and tyranny. Is that still our story and vision?

Taken for Granted – General Ulysses Grant is remembered for his leadership in the Civil War, and his tarnished administration, but he was a fascinating character who showed no promise early in his life.

On and Off the Pedestal – Robert E. Lee has a unique and complicated place in American history.

The Revenge of History – You may not be interested in history, but history is interested in you. What has been is always with us because human nature is hard wired to human outcomes. The literature of humanity confirms across the generations that war and conflict come with the package, and the values that build prosperity are with us still but must be defended from the values of anarchy and destruction.

Much more than a Man – The French Revolution was a bloody affair that radically effected American history, and it’s characteristics and impulses are with us today. This review of a new book about Robespierre, the revolution’s primary leader, reminds us that bad ideas come to bad ends, and often bring about even worse results. Robespierre departed after leaving behind pools of blood, but he made way for Napoleon, who brought war and disaster to all of Europe.

Re-imagining the Great Emancipator – The American Civil War was long and blood soaked. The South thought the North would sue for peace eventually but they underestimated Lincoln and how much suffering he had endured in his life. He would carry on to the end, and through the power of his words and his adherence to classical ideas of human longing and freedom, deliver the country to a new shore.

Why Complex Systems Collapse Faster – Ruin, which we may also call “collapse,” is a feature of our world.

REGIME CHANGE, AMERICAN STYLE – Nixon fell, and with him, the fate of South Vietnam was sealed.

Watergate Fifty Years Later – Another great take on a consequential era in recent US history.

THE POPE’S SECRET BACK CHANNEL TO HITLER – The Nazi regime was not friendly to the church and recently released documents show that the Pope, Pius XII, negotiated to ease restrictions on the church in Germany. It’s all here, the same issues between church and state that vex us today.

Highways to Utopia – The West has advanced humanity with superior ideas about the worth of each individual, but now faces a crisis of extinction long predicted. Roger Kimball does a great job here of connecting the threads.

Russia’s Path to Premodernity – Russia is not east or west or part of any specific order.

The Persistence of Ideology – This short article is full of gems and timeless truths about humanity. There is always someone who thinks their ideas will usher in the end state or humans where we no longer need governments and can live in peace. “Dissatisfaction,” the author writes, “is the permanent state of mankind, at least of civilized mankind.” But that day never comes, and will never come. Life is not perfectible.

The Great Battle of Gettysburg – Slavery was effectively ended here as this terrible fight ended the opportunity for the Confederacy to survive.

The Americanness of the American Revolution – The American Revolution occurred in the same time frame as the French Revolution, except their devolved into blood and beheadings and ours did not. Why?

God and the Ghosts of Communism – Albania’s brutal war on both Christianity and Islam shows that no religion is still a religion.

Knowing History and Knowing Who We Are – David McCullough died recently, but here are his words on why reading history is critical to freedom and humanity. Another voice of reason lost.

Where Did Wokeness Come From? – the cultural left has been ascendant in the US for at least 50 years and now is dominant. Where did it come from?

How We Got Here: An Intellectual History – Another look at how the Post Modernists, which was prevalent at CalArts, became today’s Woke religion.

Nuclear Autumn – We’re oddly unalarmed about a potential nuclear showdown now, yet we were in 1983…

From Witchcraft to Wokecraft – I am not the only one that has compared the crazed cancel left to the Puritans who took the word of several young ‘victims’ as proof enough of evil and applied the hangman’s rope.

Our Nation is Forged At Trenton – The famous painting of Washington crossing the Delaware River was of his crossing to attack a group of German mercenaries at Trenton NJ. The nearly defeated Continental Army was rescued there.

Welcome to Canada, Where Everyone’s a Génocidaire – Is there nothing the political classes won’t abuse? Now they’re making the term genocide unusable.

The Last War for America – The United States of the late 19th century was determined to take North American forever, regardless of cost. We may decry this action, but we are the fortunate decedents who live in peace in Fortress North America. When cultures clash, there are no peace treaties that can last.

World War II’s Unfinished Business – Russia, Ukraine, Germany.. We’ve been here before.

There Is No Right Side of History – This political progressive states very well what I’ve noted for years. Claiming that you are on the right side of history is no different than claiming God is on your side.

The Crack-Up – How individual and civilisational identities collapse.

How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline – Did this really happen?

Ukraine’s Verdun – Attritional trench warfare and the terrible logic of the sunk cost return to Europe. Because history doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme

America Owns Germany – Is it true?

Looking for the Good War – We’ve made an industry out of WW2, and for reasons that have little to do with the war and a lot of how we want to see ourselves.

The Rise of the Nones -The US is becoming a non-religious nation.

DEMOGRAPHICS

The biggest story in the world is about falling populations. The population of the world will cease going up, peak, and then decline in no more than 30 years. All over the world, families and individual women are having fewer children, and no one knows why. There are theories, but nothing definitive and therefore, no way to know if this trend will reverse itself before the world population begins to fall for the first time in history. The biggest story of our time is the rapidly changing demographics of the world and yet it barely gets reported on until recently.

The Fading Family – Does no one like children anymore?

Opioids and the Unattached Male – My parents were married for 58 years. My grandparents, and aunts and uncles, all were part of long term relationships and all had kids. Something fundamental has changed. Whatever it is, it is the most powerful force on earth as it is ending the traditional way men and women relate to each other. Many men fill those empty hours apart from a home and family with drugs.

The Children if Men is really happening – A great movie, come to life, and it doesn’t have a very happy ending.

Can China’s Communist Party defuse its demographic time bomb? – The 4-2-1 math is unforgiving and the Chinese would have to start mandating babies to overcome it.

The Book That Incited a Worldwide Fear of Overpopulation – Paul Ehrlich’s book The Population Bomb was wrong in virtually all its dire predictions but it still was widely influential.

No Fathers, No Hope – This is not about demographics, but has much to say about our modern attitude towards children and childbirth.

The Young and the Restless – Saudi Arabia and Iran have plenty of young people, unlike Europe, but they have different visions of the future. One will win, one will decline.

Where have all the babies gone? – The story is being picked up on my more and more media outlets. The pandemic laded bare the biggest story of all time.

How The Ukraine War Could End: Stalemate Or Russia Captures Kharkiv And Odessa – Sadly, this is a tale of demographics as the Russians and the Ukrainians are going to win or lose on the ability to stand loses. In the end, Russia’s delated population will deplete shower that the Ukrainian population.

Global population to hit 8 billion this year, U.N. says – News about the peak of the population is now widely reported. Most of the growth to come will be in only 8 countries, all in Africa or Asia.

Russia’s Republic of Grief – The Russians don’t have enough kids to staff a military so the rely on the ethnic republics to do the fighting and dying. Declining populations won’t mean a more peaceful world.

The Unexpected Future – What was not reported a few years ago is now widely reported. Some countries, like Japan, are just going to accept it and lay back.

Growing share of childless adults in U.S. don’t expect to ever have children – The reasons here are cited as well.

Europe’s Twilight: Christianity Declines, Islam Rises – Will Islam simply follow on in a few decades? What will become of Europe and the remnant population by then?

Russia is dying out – More news about the falling population of the world’s largest country.

China’s Doomed Fight Against Demographic Decline – Will they mandate children?

Hurrah for 8 Billion Humans – Not everyone will celebrate, since they think humans are a curse.

Malthusian Environmentalism – We could have unlimited power if some people didn’t hate humanity.

The Decline in Fertility: The Role of Marriage and Education – Women go to college and to work, and fewer have kids. If they are married, they have more, but marriage rates are falling. It’s that simple.

America’s baby bust laid bare: Just half of women under 45 have children — amid ‘changing family values’ and rising cost of living – The facts laid very bare.

Deglobalization: There’s No Stopping It Now – If you go to about minute 7, he lays it bare. If there are no young consumers in other counties, there is no reason to export business there.

Japan births fall to record low as population crisis deepens – 800,000 births, and 1,500,000 deaths… do the math.

South Korean Women Are Fighting to Take Off Their ‘Corsets’ – An interesting trend that is causing men and women to not like each other anymore. But extinction is the result.

Pronatal Fiscal Reform – Social Security was always a Ponzi scheme build on a supply of new young people. If there are no new young people, there is no future of benefits. This won’t end well unless there are big wrenching changes.

Industrial Civilization Needs a Biological Future – Is industrialism self limiting?

ENTERTAINMENT

Movies and TV shows still dominate the culture around the world. American movies and TV shows still set the pace. Quick, name one Chinese pop band? Who is the best famous Indonesian heavy metal band of all time? The world is full of beautiful and interesting cultural expressions, but the US still dominates because the US has still been the only country to create something like a universal culture.

Suffering and Honor in Yellowstone – The best show on television

The Mystery of L.A. Billboard Diva Angelyne’s Real Identity Is Finally Solved – Hollywood attracts all kinds, and often, they are people with something they want to escape. I used to see Angelyne around town, along with other locally famous stand outs, and never wondered much where she came from. But, in spite of the shallow pink veneer she put forward, those were deep and dark waters.

Top Gun 2’ Becomes Tom Cruise’s Biggest Global Hit – I’ve written about Tom Cruise and what I call the ‘Cruise Index‘ and I’ll have to update the metric soon. Incredibly, Cruise has not had a movie in the ‘billion dollar club,’ until now.

‘Jaws’ and the Internal Debate Over Who Wrote the Iconic USS Indianapolis Speech – It was a defining moment in a defining film. Quint reveals he survived a shark attack on the survivors of the USS Indianapolis. The speech itself can be seen here.

Kingly – This is a great review of the new Elvis movie, which is awesome and it addressed this libel that Elvis ‘stole’ black music. As this writer puts it, “The reality of American musical culture is that it’s a shared heritage of which we all have common ownership. You can’t steal what’s already yours.”

He Was No Mouse – The short story of Walt Disney, his miserable childhood and how Mickey came to be.

Netflix Earnings Preview: Wall Street Expects Subscriber Drop and Detail About Its Ad Ambitions – The company that brought down the mighty Blockbuster chain is now faltering. Success, as has been widely noted, is a terrible teacher. I wrote about the decline of Blockbuster here.

MEM & J – Io Sono Giorgia (Giorgia Meloni Remix) – I could have put this in politics, but it’s just so entertaining. Giorgia is an Italian politician described as far right and some genius took one of her speeches and made a dance mix of it that was meant to mock and parody her lines which include “a woman, a mother, an Italian and a Christian” and the effect ended up being so good that it was shared by everyone. And it is good!

Aaron Sorkin’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Abruptly Cancels Return to Broadway, Blaming Producer Scott Rudin – At the height of the ‘Me Too’ moment, I recall thinking that To Kill A Mockingbird was going to have to go since it was about a woman falsely accusing a man of abuse.

The Immorality of ‘The Godfather’ = One of the greatest American films tells a story of legitimacy v tribalism.

Scenes from a Marriage – the entire sad saga of the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard saga is retold with all the legal turns and twists. There are no good guys here.

Fake Indians – Pretendians, as they are called, are everywhere.

James Bond at 70 – How boring and futile is a woke Bond?

Can Joe Rogan Make Austin the Comedy Capital of America? – Joe’s impact on the US culture continues.

Medium of the Golden Age – Were the GI generation men more dissident that we like to think?

Taylor Sheridan’s Fallen World – The creator of Yellowstone has written some great stories.

POLITICS

Politics are a necessary function that is required to run a healthy society. Even tribes have a certain amount of politics. Often issues than have no business being in the political sphere are dragged in, and we find ourselves with political subjects that are representational and not just practical. Such is the spirit of our times.

The Weather Underground’s Lasting Victory – I have written about the triumph of Billy Jack and the hippy generation. Counter-culture is the mainstream culture in the United States now. This article is a report from an insider to the Weather Underground, a radical revolutionary organization from the years of upheaval we now just refer to as ‘the sixties.’

The Rise of Corporate-State Tyranny – Do we still even want to be free?

A popular form of monomania – Politics as transcendent meaning is a very dangerous development. …ideology appears in a balkanized form, with a rich variety of monomanias, ranging from the “liberation” of sexual proclivities to the salvation of the biosphere. But, as if to prove the theory of intersectionality, various monomanias have formed tactical alliances with one another, such that if you know a person’s monomania, you also know what his attitude to many seemingly unrelated questions will be.

Ukraine’s Deadly Gamble – More great writing from Tablet. Ukraine is a big country but surrounded by powerful neighbors. Betting on the West was not smart.

The Jews Who Didn’t Leave Egypt – There has always been people who don’t want to be free.

How Institutions Crumble – I have written about how I have left many of the foundational institutions I was born to here, but more broadly, we are entering a period in which institutional validity is traded for short term gain. This is how societies fail.

Freakout Nation – The therapeutic state is failing us and leading to a nation of wanderers. I wrote about this extensively in Loners.

How Media Bias Caused the Moral Panic Surrounding Climate Change – The green tree of the environmentalists has the red roots of the socialists. Climate change is a social phenomenon, not a scientific one. When the press and the politics move on, don’t expect an apology for the damage done.

The politics of masturbation – Wow, what a history of the mental manipulation of the public in the name of mental health.

American Paradoxes – Is the US the only nation in history to be truly multiethnic?

The Power-Mad Utopians – There’s always someone doing something doomed to fail. We were never going to make the Middle East into a democracy zone and we aren’t going to get away from oil and gas either.

Learning from Publius – The Federalist Papers were ideas captured by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton meant to convince others to ratify the new American Constitution. They wrote down their reasoning for each aspect of the government and every thought was rooted in history. These were rare individuals who left is a priceless legacy.

Toleration in America – If a hockey player or cake baker simply wishes to not be involved in affirming LGBT issues, can they simply opt out? If they can’t, isn’t that a mandatory orthodoxy, the kind we forbid? All of this is coming to a court near you, and I suspect that one day, the issue will be decided on a church and state basis.

Silence and Submission – Europe is accommodating Islam and shutting up anyone who dares notice.

Build Back Red California – I lived in Red California when I was a deep blue Democrat. Now, California is Democrat run to it’s core and very few think it’s a better state than it once was.

ECONOMICS

There is no ‘economy’ in the sense that it exists somewhere. It is more of the aggregate activity of humanity acting in their own best interest. The individual actions sum up to the world economy which is dynamic, volatile, and critical to human health and happiness.

A New Inflationary Era – Falling populations means fewer workers producing goods at the same time governments around the world have increased the money supply. AS a rule, scare labor and plenty of cash floating around should equal. not a transitory inflation, but a era of rising prices.

The Coming Resource Wars – Great summary of economic history. We thought ‘knowledge work’ would carry us forward forever and that stuff like getting or making things would become the domain of cheap labor. But, things matter. And this article has this historical nugget dropped in: “The Southern planters—oligarchs who raised first tobacco and then cotton for export—did not care what race their unfree workers were, settling on African and African American slaves only after experiments with exploiting Native American labor and European indentured servants had failed. And as Barbara Fields and other scholars have observed, Southern racism was formulated and enforced to rationalize labor exploitation in the plantation system, both before and after the abolition of slavery.” Resource wars have always been with us.

Two Weeks to Flatten the GDP – This is where we are now.

The Energy Crisis Will Deepen – Oil is still the most important molecule in economics, and we are going to be short of it. Daniel Yergin, the world’s preeminent oil economist, explains.

Free trade is dead, welcome to ‘Freedom Trade’ – This summary of the past 70 years of trade explains the role of the United States in spreading wealth across the world. These Chinese have exploited this system, and that must stop.

Even Richard Nixon Has Got Soul – Nixon trounced George McGovern in 1972 form some of the same reasons the Democrats are about to lose the congress.

MEN AND BOYS

Men and boys are not faring well in the new world. I’m a man and the father of boys so I see the struggles and feel them myself. Many great writers are chronicling the story and some of the better articles about the struggle men and boys are here.

Andrew Tate and the West’s lost boys – Many men are attracted to those that offer them a justification for their ancient impulses.

The Boys Feminism Left Behind – Men got the message, and it’s depressing.

Where the Boys Aren’t – Culture wars over gender obscure the deepening educational struggles of young males.

The Trans War on Tomboys – Tomboys were adventuresome girls who wanted to play like the boys, they weren’t ‘trapped in the wrong body’.

Hormones First. Research Later – We think the age of barbarism in medicine has passed. No more Tuskegee Syphilis Studies. But that’s wrong. It’s still out there.

Our Lost Boys – It isn’t getting better, and there must be changes.

A Mythology for Young Men – John Wick captures what they want and how they want to see themselves.

MUSIC

Here are links to articles and videos of incredible world-changing music.

New Year’s Day – When U2 first appeared,. they were like nothing that came before them.

Two Hearts Beat As One – Again, U2 making music right out of the Judeo-Christian ethic when the counterculture was rising and destroying all that came before it.

Dionne Warwick “I Say A Little Prayer” on The Ed Sullivan Show – This this little song in your pocket for a rainy day. Dionne Warwick is an American treasure, and here she is on Ed Sullivan in 1968. the Aretha Franklin version of this song get the attention, but Ms. Warwick was the premiere interpreter of the Burt Bacharach songbook.

Woman – Doja Cat pushing boundaries forward and backwards in this song about real women. OK, they say these videos ‘objectify’ women, but what if those women point out what benefits they bring with those glorious objects?

WRITERS AND BOOKS

I could fill this out to be a whole website of its own, but there are a few interesting books and the writers responsible that should be in every library:

GOOD CALORIES BAD CALORIES by Gary Taubes

ANATOMY OF AN EPIDEMIC by Robert Whitaker

THE BIG FAT SURPRISE – by Nina Teicholz

Paul Johnson – Mr. Johnson died recently, and he will be sorely missed. What a great catalogue of work he left behind.

Paul Johnson, 1928–2023 – The great man left behind a lifetime of books to study and grow from. He wrote me a letter once, and I have it framed. What a wonderful person and rare treasure. Whatever civilization has to offer, he had it in spades. He met Churchill once, and I met him so I’m only two degrees away from Winston Churchill, I suppose. RIP, Mr. Johnson, and well done, sir.

A Life Conserving Civilization – Paul Johnson’s turn to history from journalism ought to earn him a lasting place in our memory as a great defender of ordered liberty.

Daniel Yergin

Walter Russell Mead