Author: Christopher Carr



New fiction by Christopher Carr.


In Praise of Work

Work, not leisure, should be seen as the mark of the good life.


Linky Friday #72

Linky Friday: categories this week are sports and culture, art and nature, economics and politics, and war and peace.


Incarcerated with the madness

Abby Haglage has an article at the Daily Beast on the shocking number of incarcerated prisoners with mental health issues: In a new study by Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC), a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating barriers to treating...


Frum Many, One

In a piece called “Robots Undercut the Case for More Immigrants” (seriously), David Frum argues that we shouldn’t let too many immigrants into the country because they will just be replaced by robots and therefore languish in intractable poverty.

This is wrong.


Punishment Capital

  Jeffrey Toobin writes of the death penalty: “The oxymoronic quest for humane executions only accentuates the absurdity of allowing the death penalty in a civilized society. It’s understandable that Supreme Court Justices have...


Monday Trivia #144 [Randy Harris wins!]

These nations are arranged in a certain order: South Korea, Turkey, Chile, Mexico, Portugal, Japan, Italy, Spain, Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, France, Slovenia, Greece, Belgium, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada,...


Resonant Hobbes

  I have claimed before that civil society is a fragile thing. I’ll add to that that the more civil a society is the more fragile it is. By “civil” here I mean “be-stated”, and...


Les Misérables

It’s tough for me to sit back and watch the immigration reform discussion currently taking place in this nation. Driving back from work last week to the house my immigrant wife and immigrant children...


Sunday Morning Atheism

The sickle cell trait. It’s often given by biologists as an example of balancing selection, which is when two different alleles (traits) are actively maintained in a population. In the case of the sickle...


No Church in the Wild

From BlaiseP’s recent obituary of Kenneth Waltz: Da Vinci once said “Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with...


To be educated is to be human.

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Higher Education in the 21st Century. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in...


The latest Olympic sport to get the axe is… wrestling?

My good friend Brandon Foose has pointed out to me that the Olympics has decided to end its 2700-year relationship with wrestling effective 2020: There are millions of people whose lives have been shaped by...