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Quippy on a Soapbox

January 20, 2019


The Quip Monster dropped by the office the other day, took over a desk, commandeered a laptop, and began typing away, claws clicking. He kept taking swigs from a flask, spilled some on a stack of papers, burped and growled a lot, then got up and waddled off. We looked at the laptop and found […]

Polarization, Part 2: Feeding the Monster

October 2, 2016


When I look at voters, I see human beings at their hysterical, innumerate worst. When I look at politicians, I see mendacious, callous bullies. — Bryan Caplan The United States was founded, among other things, on a principle of basic respect toward our fellow citizens. Yet the political system has devolved to the point where […]

A Student Speaks Truth to Power — a short story

July 23, 2015


“Okay, last week we had a test with an extra-credit question at the end.” The professor stood at the base of the lecture hall and gazed up at the rows of students seated above him. “Let’s take a look at that question one more time.” He poked at an electronic tablet; the wall behind him […]