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The Leased of These

Earlier this year, headlines indicated that an unprecedented number of Americans are more than 90 days behind on their car loan payments. Nearly...

If Sartre is Right

“If man…is indefinable, it is because at first he is nothing. Only afterward will he be something, and he will himself have made what...

Creative Fidelity and Weighty People

In Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, the character Tomas is an inveterate womanizer, a man who takes notes on the particular physical...

Small-souled Masters of the Universe

The Spring 2011 issue of The City includes an insightful piece by Wilfred McClay on “The Illusion of Mastery” in public policy. When the “will...

A City upon a Hill

Conservatives are awfully fond of referring to America as a “city upon a hill;” it would be a wonderful thing if they actually made...

The Symbolism of a White Sidewalk

I tend to think that slippery sidewalks are a sign of a broader pattern, in which people are less prepared to take responsibility for the inconvenience of ‘gray areas.’

Walkaway

In addition to frequent searches that lead people to an earlier posting on "monoculture" on my site "What I Saw in America," among the...

What the Fork; Or, Why You Should Not Eat the Person...

  Alexandria, VA . The causes of the current economic collapse have been widely discussed and minutely explored.  However, to date I do not believe...