The Paths Ahead

The Cleveland Cavaliers have parted ways with general manager David Griffin. While casual observers have long joked about Lebron running the front office, anyone actually paying attention knows that’s not the case. None of Griffin’s predecessors were able to assemble anywhere near as good a supporting cast around James. To be certain, a lot of […]

The OC: Revisited (Part 2)

(Ed. note: this is a random assortment of thoughts and observations from my second viewing of the hit Fox sitcom. Part 1 is here.) 1-The Cohens are insanely hot or cold on the whole “parenting” thing. They let Seth and Ryan go on whatever trips they want without providing any proof of where they’re going […]

Behind Enemy Lines: A Fan’s Story

There’s a new NBA Store commercial where we’re shown a first-person POV of a man walking around the Bay Area eliciting quizzical, hateful stares from passers-by. After walking through the Embarcadero, Baker Street, Ghirardelli Pier, an unspecified street with a trolley, and the Warriors training facility in Oakland (!!), the protagonist meets his Warriors-fan friends at a […]

How to Survive the Trump Presidency

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and […]

The Virtues of Pluralism in America

INTRODUCTION 2016 was a toxic year for politics. According to a Public Religion Research Institute study, 13% of people blocked/unfriended/stopped following someone on social media because of a politics post after the election. I experienced 2016 in San Francisco, a county in which Hillary Clinton won an astounding 85% of the vote, as well as […]

A Return to Normalcy

The Cleveland Indians were on the brink of winning their first World Series since 1948. It was a game rife with opportunity; our ace started the game, our bullpen was fresh, and our manager was clearly superior to Chicago’s. It was a golden opportunity that may never come again. And yet here we were, three outs […]

2016 a Wasted Opportunity for the Republic

Shortly after the delegates emerged from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, a woman approached Benjamin Franklin and asked him what sort of government the convention had decided upon. Franklin’s prescient response: “A republic, if you can keep it.” While our government is often erroneously referred to as a democracy, it is in fact a democratic […]