A life in words

  • Harris and class

    First I’ll mention race: Harris’s ancestry is so mixed that in a sense it’s an error to assign her to any one of the traditional (and arbitrary) racial categories. She truly is a product of globalization of the gene pool, and is a taste of the inevitable future when Americans broadly have ancestors from all…

  • Where I’m at with Mormonism: a ramble

    Where I’m at with Mormonism: a ramble

    The question was always there in the back of my mind.

  • Proposed Amendment: No Absolute Immunity; Admissibility of Evidence

    I’m concerned about the implications of the recent Trump v. United States decision, as well as the earlier Nixon v. Fitzgerald. See Wikipedia for an overview. It’s my view that “absolute immunity” is a concept that has no place in a republic. Given that, I thought I’d try my hand at a possible “fix” and…

Of a commonwealth, whose subjects are but hindered by terror from taking arms, it should rather be said, that it is free from war, than that it has peace. For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from force of character….Baruch Spinoza, Tractatus Theologico-Politicus V.4, 1670, trans. A. H. Gosset 1883