Author: James Hanley

Constitutional Crisis: Week 2

James Hanley reports on the first official meeting of the post-zombie constitutional convention. The delegates immediately began problem solving.

Constitutional Crisis: Week 1

James Hanley recaps the first week of his Constitutional Crisis course. Spoiler: not much has happened yet, but that won’t stop him from rambling on.

On Human Nature

In my inequality post, Snarky McSnarkSnark writes, The elevation of the “economic man” over the “social man” in our political and cultural thinking has led us increasingly away for our own core nature. I...

Three Cheers for Command and Control

A couple in Glendora, CA face a $500 fine for saving water by not watering their lawn. Simultaneously, the state wants to fine people who water their lawns. That is, folks can receive a...

Hanley’s Old House, Episode 3

The big repair job–ripping open my roof so we can repair some rot caused by a century or so of ice dams–got delayed two weeks because the friend who’s going to help me is,...

The Moral Culpability of Employers

One of the side debates in the discussion of the Hobby Lobby case, the discussion of culpability, leaves me unsatisfied, so I’d like to broach it and focus on it here. [Note: This is...

Freedom!

The concept behind separation of powers is to prevent tyranny by not allowing political power to accumulate in the hands of a small number of people. In the U.S. we tend to see it...

George Will and Sexual Assault

I am a college professor, and a year from now the first of my three daughters will be preparing to head off to college. So naturally I have some thoughts on George Will’s comments...

Lilies

By the fence the lilies grow lush and green and tall spreading into new frontiers conquering all challengers but never blooming untouched by the sun always and what is a lily without a flower...

Tuesday Writing Prompt: Going Somewhere?

Mike Dwyer has graciously allowed me to poach on his territory by writing a Tuesday Writing Prompt. I’ll set the scene, and you all continue the story in the comments section. Mississipppi, July, sweat...