Reading Time: 5 minutes There’s a darkness in human beings—or at least, in some human beings—that manifests as a senseless urge to destroy just for the sake of destruction. From cutting down defenseless trees to killing innocent civilians, it’s the motivation behind so many acts of evil.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The best point that techno-optimists make is that a bigger pie is easier to divide up, without having to argue over who gets what.
Reading Time: 9 minutes Billionaire Marc Andreessen’s Techno-Optimist Manifesto makes the case that technology is a pure blessing, that more is always better, and it shouldn’t be regulated or held back by anyone or anything. Here’s a skeptical counterpoint.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Christian apologists are celebrating the supposed collapse of the atheist movement—but all that’s really happening is that a few formerly high-profile atheists have turned against recent developments in moral progress. They’re getting left behind, but the nonreligious population continues to grow and religion continues to dwindle and decline.
Reading Time: 5 minutes The latest outbreak of violence in the Middle East shows why religion makes peace impossible. Israel and Hamas are in a fundamentalist deadlock, neither able to triumph, but neither willing to concede.
Reading Time: 6 minutes In the name of upholding ancient gender norms, Christian apologists are willing to throw out all of modern science.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Conservative parents demanding the banning of books and the censorship of schools have a worldview as fragile as glass. They can’t even tolerate the idea of children hearing that they might not be who or what society tells them they are.
Reading Time: 6 minutes America’s extremely elderly politicians have had their day in the sun. They should step back and let the young start making decisions that will shape the future they’ll have to live in.
Reading Time: 3 minutes I never expected to write these words, but Joe Biden is the most transformative Democratic president of my lifetime.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Putin has enlisted the Russian Orthodox Church to justify his war on Ukraine as a crusade sanctioned by God, and the head of the church, Patriarch Kirill, has been only too happy to assist.