As Marriage Multiplies in Meaning

From First Thoughts

I bumped into this piece, ” Polygamists Celebrate Supreme Court’s Marriage Rulings ” and thought, well, of course they do.  Anything goes now.  Who is to judge?  Marriage means what we want it to mean.  What we could discuss, since the morality argument is . . . . Continue Reading »

Growing up Without Privacy

From First Thoughts

We give ourselves to BIG DATA with every trackable transaction and communication. ” Corporate competition to accumulate information about consumers is intensifying even as concerns about government surveillance grow, pushing down the market price for intimate personal details to fractions of . . . . Continue Reading »

More Argument on the Tax Question

From First Thoughts

Under my argument with Pete’s argument , there were some interesting suggestions that ought to be more public.  Pete, Peter Lawler and I carried on the discussion here, but I would like to publicly note some fine arguments by our readers. From Art Deco: The problem, as always, is . . . . Continue Reading »

Maybe Not Flat Tax, but Anything Else?

From First Thoughts

Here is my argument with Pete this morning. The current progressive tax system is based in a class-envy model of taxation.  But we have lived with that for a long time.  It has fueled ever bigger government, but we have lived with that for a long time.  Our income tax system is . . . . Continue Reading »

Frances Ha

From First Thoughts

Noah Baumbach loves Greta Gerwig and its not funny.  Frances Ha is amusing, but the “ha” is always on its own, without an accompanying “ha” (repeat) that makes for real laughter.  The movie is and is not about Greta Gerwig.  Greta Gerwig has had a very . . . . Continue Reading »