The Obedient Rebels

Back in the 60s, one group of protesters tried a novel strategy to attack the big banks that they hated. They distributed flyers around town telling »

The Best Lack All Conviction

Mild spoilers for Submission follow. Halfway through the novel Submission, the narrator’s parents die in quick succession, an event that's all the more devastating for »

The Confucian heuristic

The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the Kingdom, first ordered well their own states. Wishing to order well their states, they first regulated »

Servants without Masters

When I visited Singapore a few years ago, I kept noticing novel bits of social technology that managed to solve problems that I didn’t even »

The Mentorship Deficit

When I was towards the end of medical school, I had a bout of last minute questioning about my choice of specialty. I had put in »

On small work groups

As steel sharpeneth steel, so one man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. – Proverbs 27:17 There’s a common romantic image of the lone genius »

Why study aristocracy?

The past, it’s said, is a foreign country. If so, that country lies firmly in the third world. Past societies were much poorer than ours, »

The value of being cavalier

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance »

The Tragedy of Light

I’ve never been a huge anime fan, but Death Note is the one show that I’ve really enjoyed. The intricate plot can be simplified »