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The Fake Promise of the Internet

Earlier this century, when a friend of mine who was in the Web business asked me to join his company not as a techie but as a thinker about the…

A Damning Audit of Education

When I picked up my son from the airport on a cold December night, one of the first questions I asked him was about his courses in the private liberal…

Still-Life with a Skull, Philippe de Champaigne (1671)

Corpus americanus

Barbara Ehrenreich, the celebrated activist writer (not sure what title suits her best), has unleashed a sobering critique of American society and its obsession with perfect bodies, wellness, and the…

Destruction, Thomas Cole (1836)

The Quest for Antifragility

Not long ago, I wrote about Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Skin in the Game, his latest book in a series of book publications that form a whole called Incerto (Latin for…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

My Vanishing America

I was raised in the distant lands of Morocco, on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, a waterway—I was solemnly told by my elders—that was opened for maritime…

America and the Future of Europe

In a recent review essay, I discussed the future of Europe in the time of Muslim immigration into the Old Continent; but, in this one, I share Régis Debray’s lament for…

United States Marine Corps War Memorial

Nations Without Honor

Respect to Tamler Sommers for daring to write Why Honor Matters, a book about a subject that, in my opinion, hasn’t had any currency whatsoever in the life of Americans…

Cross in sunset

The Risky Business of Being Human

I just finished reading a book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb titled Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life and am now wondering whether I will ever be able…

Behold a Prophet from the Lands of Canada!

Behold, ladies and gentlemen, the new prophet (I will call him Teacher from now on) who has appeared in the province of Alberta, growing up in the frontier town of…

Crescent eclipsing European Union Stars

Islam and the Future of Europe

To celebrate New Year’s Eve in 2017, German authorities sounded more like the vice cops who roam the streets of a few Muslim-majority nations: They created safety zones for women…