The Joy of Conservatism

While running for president in 2000, George W. Bush spoke frequently of a “compassionate conservatism” that he himself characterized (years later) like this: The philosophy took hold in my first race for governor. I remember my announcement tour and subsequent speeches saying, “It is conservative to insist that we measure students in public schools; it is compassionate…

Minky Business: A (Possibly) Teachable Moment

You may have mixed feelings about the Great Mink Debate raging across Denmark today. You may see the pluses and minuses of both sides. You may favor some kind of compromise solution. I ask for the next few moments that you stop being like that. I ask you to choose a side. I don’t care…

The Bloomberg Fallacy

Let’s start with something very simple: people are not idiots. There’s an unnamed fallacy that we all understand intuitively. It’s the assumption that people who are smart and competent in one thing are smart and competent in others, and that people who are stupid or incompetent in one area are clueless in general. The strength…

The Path of Constant Sorrow

On my way to a larger point, I’d like to share a few stories that have bubbled up on Danish news media over the past 24 hours. Trump Gets His Way, Now This Couple Fears for the Victory They Fought So Hard For, Esther Margrethe Lynard, TV2 News, 26 October The couple at the center…

By the Pricking of My Thumbs…

It’s difficult tracking American news from Denmark these days. There’s so much going on at such speed, and all of it with so much intensity and surrounded by so much commentary, with such high stakes, that making sense of things on any given day requires an unsustainable volume of reading and viewing. And on those…