The Upside of Nepotism

Nepotism and biased favoritism are often demonized as corruption, but they have their own ethical logic. Favoritism, as practiced among families and friends, is not to be confused with self interest. And bias for kith and kin is still compatible with great charity and philanthropy.

Cotton Candy for the Masses

The latest bestseller about the afterlife reminds us of our human hunger for comfort and relief. But travel memoirs from the otherside should be treated with skepticism.

Listen Up, Obama and Romney: No More Fairness

The presidential candidates are falling over each other in praise of fairness. But be careful what you ask for. Fairness is not the same as justice.