Thursday, June 30, 2016
Despite the endless temptation people from Alvin Toffler and Newt Gingrich to Neil deGrasse Tyson and Alex Jones feel to predict the future, political pundits should probably avoid that game, I write in today’s column.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
From Star Trek’s Khan to Buck Rogers’ Kane to the Simpsons’ Kang, a lineage of racism has given us some fine science fiction, as I explain in today’s column.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
There is only one way to make sense of what J.J. Abrams did to the original Star Trek timeline and what he did to the “Kelvin timeline” from the current films: As I explain in today’s column, it really was all part of Spock’s evil plan.
Monday, June 27, 2016
The pattern I’ve noted of Roland Emmerich’s film projects warning us that space aliens may be tied to climate change continues, even in a little bit of the spectacular-yet-slightly-bland Independence Day: Resurgence, as I write in today’s column.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
We would do well to stop denying the fact that the sociopaths and jerks tend to get on top in politics, media, business, and social life -- but in the long run, empaths may have a built-in advantage, I write.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
For all its flaws, the twenty-first century is clearly an era in which no small handful of celebrities, politicians, or moguls can hope to maintain its monopoly on power for long, thank goodness, as I write in today’s column, optimistic even as new details on Michael Jackson’s crimes and politicians’ lies come to light.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
I find that unlike conservatives and liberals, who usually started out that way, nearly every libertarian has an origin story, as I say in today’s column.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
More government, clamor the frightened masses when things like Orlando happen, but arming yourself and running away from the government -- the way Jason Bourne does -- is probably the more rational course of action, you must at some point admit, as I suggest in today’s column.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
People will say dumb things, whether it’s Gersh Kuntzman fearing the experience of firing an AR-15 or NPR being baffled about why Venezuela’s economy is dying, but in today’s column I say I still prefer stupid squabbling to the impulse to censor.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
In today’s column, I note that Bernie Sanders would fare better in the diverse world of the marketplace, given all the supporters he has, than he will in the winner-take-all nasty world of democratic politics that he irrationally promotes.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
I’ve been saying for a decade on this blog that the final battle may be between jihadists and transgender cyborgs, and I revisit that notion in today’s column in the wake of Orlando.
Monday, June 13, 2016
If there must be an establishment -- and there will be one of some sort or another -- and it looks anything like Mitt Romney, I say in today’s column: be pleased by the strategic opportunity presented if he and others like him vote for Gary Johnson.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
For what it's worth, one disturbingly simple way to explain half the strange DC Comics Universe events of the past five years might be to assume that harried comics writer Geoff Johns was told by a studio exec, "We want to have a Wonder Woman reveal in the movie, prefigured in the comics, about one of her relatives being evil. Just make it so that her father is an evil god or the evil New God or one of the evil New Gods or that she has an evil sister or an evil duplicate from Themyscira or an evil duplicate from another universe or an evil daughter from another universe or an evil brother or her duplicate from the other universe has an evil son or her duplicate from Themyscira has an evil son or the son is the evil New God or the son is Luthor's child or is a duplicate of Luthor."
To which Johns said, "Uhhh."
And the executive said, "You have to do all that."
And they did. They actually, literally did. All of it. All the rest may be mere side effects.
And then Johns went insane, like Chinese scholars asked to adhere to contradictory edicts during the Cultural Revolution. And later, when there was a tiny shift in the corporate power structure, he decided to kill several characters and depict two of director Zack Snyder's favorite characters as cruel gods toying with the cosmos.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Thursday, June 9, 2016
With the Armory a few blocks from me filled with films of people defecating and vomiting in the name of art right now, it is an apt time to mark the 500th anniversary of the novel Utopia and the 100th anniversary of the Dadaist art movement, as I do in today’s column.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
I note in today’s column (in which I link Reason’s interview with me) that John Tamny’s new book Who Needs the Fed? concludes the institution’s not only useless but arguably already largely irrelevant.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
I lament in today’s column that the addled Rose McGowan has launched a feminist attack on X-Men: Apocalypse over a poster of a villain attacking Jennifer Lawrence.
Friday, June 3, 2016
How fans of Milo Yiannopoulos and authoritarian Donald Trump can find such figures more libertarian than actual Libertarians is beyond me, I admit in today’s column.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
A new book describes the late Bowie as a proto-libertarian, and I can’t help seeing that as fitting into my own odd worldview, of course, as I write in today’s column.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
The real winner in Bill Kristol’s decision to back David French of National Review for president is plainly Libertarian Gary Johnson, I write.