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In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal (an extraordinarily ugly story for the age of Trump), I have deleted my Facebook account. This was a cheap gesture, for me, since I've┬ábarely ever used Facebook. People used to think I was kidding when I'd explain my dislike of it as partly "aesthetic," but it's true …

A taste of Los Angeles

Josef Beuys, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, and Keith Haring at the Broad Museum. Street art in East LA. And mariachi players in Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights, East LA. @

Early Homo sapiens – we were wrong, again!

In the timeline at the end of Infinity's Illusion, which isn't even officially published until next week, I apologize slightly for stretching the known facts, as follows (with emphasis added): 130-75,000 BCE: Some H. sapiens leave Africa for the Middle East, possibly in multiple waves, and spread north and east into Europe and Asia. (60-40,000 …

Inequality – something we should all be able to agree about

It often strikes me that we almost all agree about the fundamental problem in political economy. Almost all. A few crazies on the ultra-ultra-left think we should enforce near-perfect economic equality - ignoring the evidence that this is impossible without totalitarianism and, irony alert, impossible with totalitarianism because it always leads to corruption, massive violence, …

Trumpocracy

Choice is a great burden. The call to invent one's life, and to do it continuously, can sound unendurable. Totalitarian regimes aim to stamp out the possibility of choice, but what aspiring autocrats do is promise to relieve one of the needs to choose. This is the promise of Make America Great Again - it …