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 […]

On the Fourth, Celebrate Liberty

The timing of Independence Day this year is quite fortuitous. At the risk of sounding like Thomas Friedman: America, inasmuch as it has a “national mood”, desperately needs a chance for healing. Readers are too familiar with the past weeks’ negative headlines: terror attacks at home and abroad; fears of a global financial collapse because […]

The OC: Revisited (Part 1)

This past Friday night I was exhausted. Exhausted from a week of work; exhausted from seemingly endless vitriol about the Orlando shooting on Twitter and Facebook; exhausted from arguing with Warriors fans about LeBron James and Draymond Green. And yes, as a 30-year-old with two balky knees and approximately zero coordination, exhausted from seven days […]