Latest musings, analyses, and general madness

Is Coronavirus Our Anthrax Bomb?

Just a simple musing, courtesy of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Chapter 16. The speaker is Mustapha Mond, World Controller for Western Europe. Mass production demanded the shift. Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning; truth and beauty can’t. And, of course, whenever the masses seized political power, then it was happiness rather than truth and beauty that mattered. Still, in spite of...

The Korean Case: Facts and Distortions

A regular reader directs me to an article at American Thinker, my old haunt (before it actually became haunted), describing the coronavirus situation in Korea. Knowing that I live and work here, he wondered if I could provide any insight into whether the AT article was at all accurate. It took some deep breaths for me to make the foray over there on...

Critical Modernism

Recently, a student with whom I frequently discuss books and ideas mentioned in an e-mail — God forbid that two humans should meet in the same room these days — that she had just read Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince (a book that is extremely popular here in Korea), and was keen to discuss it with me. As I have been a sort of...

Today’s Fearmongering Hyperbole Filter

Headline from the Wall Street Journal, a “conservative,” Republican-leaning pile of establishmentarian crap that pretends to be a newspaper: “Virus Toll Climbs as Trump Sees ‘A Lot of Death’ Ahead.” A lot of death ahead. Yeah, I see that too. In fact, if I look into my crystal ball, I see roughly 7.5 billion deaths ahead — that is, my expertise allows me...

What Not to Do

Popular sages and life-advice dispensers are very good at issuing ready-made, one-size-fits-all commandments on how to live well. They tend not to be quite so good at following their own advice, however, partly for the obvious reason that most easily-synopsized “rules for living” must be kept so nebulous or generic in form that one who is clever enough, and motivated enough, will always...

The War Analogy Revisited

If you were facing a necessary and inescapable war, one which would unavoidably result in significant loss of life on your side, which of the following strategies would you choose? (1) Pursue a short war with a decisive win, resigning oneself to heavy losses early in the name of getting the worst of it over with and proceeding to the victory parade as...

“Everyone Should Be Under Lockdown”

Dr. Anthony Fauci is the director of the U.S. National Institute of Infectious Diseases, which is to say he is both an accredited “expert” and a bureaucrat — two hazardous materials which, when found in combination, invariably become a lethal toxin. And Dr. Fauci, Donald Trump’s top adviser on all matters coronavirus — which is to say he is acting as the nation’s...

Minor Inconveniences

All you have to do these days is question the legitimacy of using the coercive power of government to impose one’s preferred pandemic behavior on one’s fellow men, and voilà: You stand universally accused, by members of all political tribes, of lacking compassion, or of being callous, or of not caring about the elderly, or of not taking this virus seriously. Today at...

Suicide Watch (Civilizational Edition)

As I have predicted, we are beginning to see a significant rise in the number of suicides, as news about the Pandemic that Ate a Planet continues to dominate the public chatter, and as governments, in a desperate race to exploit the mass hysteria, leap to the rescue with increasingly totalitarian “solutions” and “relief.”  An observation: Doesn’t it take the nerves of a...

Thoughts on Death and Eternity

A few new thoughts on the current state of things, proffered to those visiting this site for the same reason I maintain it, namely as an increasingly rare port in an increasingly violent storm. In other words, these are thoughts for the happy few, we lonely and “socially-distanced” holdouts for reason and civility in a world gone stark raving mad. “We have to...