Do You Have to Be a Billionaire to Make a Difference?

The super-rich are well-placed to be a positive influence in the world. Many of them are trying, according to their lights. You can talk with one of the super-rich tonight: share your views of the good society and how we can move toward it.

Who Needs Marriage?

Diversity, inequality and social change are an important context in which to view the decline in marriage and other changes in American family life.

Bigotry on Campus

Why do racism and anti-Semitism continue to be a problem on college campuses in 2015? And what should we do about it?


“There’s no such thing as co-incidence,” the midwife asserted with a knowing smile. Do you agree? Many folks do.

Oh Denmark, My Denmark…

History is replete with examples of political leadership in denial, allowing problems to grow inadequately addressed for too long. With the attack in Copenhagen, the Islamist war against the West can no longer be denied.

The Flaming Moderate

Standing up for moderation requires courage. It is often lonely. Sometimes dangerous.

Women's Lives, 2015

Women are making progress, perhaps not as fast as some would like. There’s both good and bad in women’s growing prominence outside the domestic sphere.

Bi-Lingual and Two-Faced

Don’t be fooled by excuses, rationalizations and rhetoric. All murderous Islamist extremists are on the same team.

R.I.P. Intellectual Integrity

Public trust in its leaders and institutions is at an all time low, and richly deserved. Now we cannot trust in the atlas publishers, the scholarly book publishers, and must even doubt the science in peer-reviewed journals!

Is Your Man Going to Self-Destruct?

What brings great men down, just when they appear to have everything anyone could want? These factors put successful men at risk for self-destruction.

Blood Lust: When Murder Is Its Own Reward

Islamist terrorism is not politics by other means. It is blood lust.

Dog TV: A Pet Antidepressant

Americans spend a great deal on their pets. Much of it doesn't make a difference to the animal. Dog TV may sound frivolous, but it turns out to be sound.

Deadly Cognitive Biases

Cognitive biases are why we fail to “connect the dots” in both personal and national life. The failure can be catastrophic.

FOMO, Electric Shock and American Dissatisfaction

Survey trends show Americans increasingly alienated and distrustful of government and social institutions. They are also frantically addicted to social media and electronic devices. How do these two trends impact each other?

When Conspiracy Theories Turn Out to Be True

“Follow the money!” said Deep Throat to Bob Woodward in All The President’s Men, advising him that money was the key to the Watergate mystery. It is a key to today’s troubles, too.

Slavery Returns

Human beings are being caught and held against their will, traded and worked, beaten and even killed, right before our eyes, in the U.S. and abroad. Today.

What Do Gay Pride, World Records, and Sabbath Have in Common

How one city brought together its diverse citizens and visitors for a dinner that made the Guinness Book of World Records!

Christopher Hitchens vs. Hirsi Ali: Gadflies Compared

When social criticism is aimed at the status of women, it evokes the harshest resistence.

Where Is The Boundary?

Why are boundaries so complicated?

Do You Want To Leave A Legacy? This Book Tells You How

Each of our lives is a story—many stories—asking to be told. A new book will guide you to write your story in 30 days.

Getting Out of Your Silo

Radio callers across the country educate me about life from their perspective

How Many School Shooters Can You Name?

As the anniversary of the Newtown school massacre approaches, here’s what we know: Mass shooters plan their actions as theater, as public spectacles in which they play the roles of producer, director, and star. Depriving them of the media attention they crave can reduce the numbers of these horrific events.

Religion and Science Agree!

"When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping!" is bad advice.

Should We Lock Up All The Boys?

Wherever we find violent crime we find males in their late teens and twenties. How can prevention and treatment be focused on this high-risk group?

Happy Halloween and Welcome to the Death Cafe!

“I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen

Misfortune Comes In Threes

What can we learn from the tragic deaths of mentally ill persons in our nation’s capital?

The Best of Men, The Worst of Men

From the sublime to the depraved, human behavior at the extremes…

The Best of Men, The Worst of Men

Do these older writers know something we need to learn?

Do We Really Like Kids?

Son: “Maybe she just doesn’t like kids.” Mother: “Nobody likes children. That doesn’t mean you don’t have them.” -From “This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz

Laughter and Spirituality

Laughing in the name of the Lord...