Book Commentary: The Philip K. Dick Reader

Philip K. Dick is best known outside of the literary community for things he inspired: Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall were all extremely successful movies based on his short stories, and Amazon’s hit show Man in the High Castle expanded upon what many consider the best science fiction book of all time. Yes, Dick […]

At What Cost?

John Dorsey’s press conference was awful. There was no way it couldn’t be. On the heels of the most inexcusable and embarrassing decision in franchise history–and that’s saying something!–the Browns GM stood at the podium and delivered a rambling, incoherent explanation for signing “troubled” (back to that word in a bit) running back Kareem Hunt. […]

A Novel Idea

I will be blunt: our country is woefully illiterate about and unappreciative of our founding documents and thinkers. There’s simply no other way to describe our collective feeling of helplessness over the actions of Donald Trump, and the concurrent idea that Trump’s ascendancy is a sign of the failure of our governmental architecture. This couldn’t […]

A Primer on Congressional Behavior

Whatever your political alignment, you’ve likely bemoaned many issues with the country today; issues that seemingly can’t be solved by uncoordinated actions of individuals. This impulse is understandable. It comes from a place of empathy: we see the suffering of others and want to stop it, but are powerless to do so on our own. […]

“Battle Cry”

I’m almost done with “Battle Cry of Freedom”, which is the fourth installment of the Oxford History of the United States. The book focuses on the Civil War, and like its predecessors, seamlessly flips between macro/strategic and micro/personal insights. McPherson did his homework and dug up some incredible quotes. This northern soldier’s account of battle […]

The Economic Fallacies of Star Trek

I’ve seen every major Star Trek movie and watched every episode of every series (save the original) at least twice. I played a text-based Star Trek online role-playing game for the better parts of three years in high school. (The game required me to log at least 20 hours per week or face potential punishment.) […]

Book Brief: “Crossroads for Liberty”

Crossroads for Liberty: Rediscovering the Anti-Federalist Values of America’s First Constitution-William J. Watkins, Jr. (Amazon) Watkins–a trained lawyer and current research fellow at the libertarian Independent Institute–seemingly has two goals with this book. Primarily, “Crossroads” is an attempt to inform readers about the Articles of Confederation and salvage its reputation. Secondarily, and with far, far […]