Liberalism in Peril

Today’s Berlingske features an opinion piece by Samuel Rachlin, with whose work I’m completely unfamiliar, entitled “A summit with a view to a little of everything: a turning point, doom, a big political miracle, or an historical nightmare.” It’s not particularly caustic one way or the other—in fact, on many levels this opinion piece seems…

A Tale of Two Silences

NOTE: This post was written before Biden and Putin met in Switzerland this afternoon, but not posted until after the meeting. Also: there will be no post tomorrow, Thursday: we’ll be back on Friday. I’d like to compare some apples and oranges. Yesterday I made what some people might consider too big a deal of…

On Thoughtful Pauses

Joe Biden is tottering around Europe with the poise, grace, and dignity of an angry old drunk muttering obscenities while bouncing off a slot machine at a seedy casino . There’ve been all the usual gaffes and awkwardnesses we’ve come to expect from our somnambulant president: calling the RAF the RFA, asking to introduce heads…

On the Importance of Managed Expectations

We had guests over for lunch Saturday afternoon. Unlike many Danish households, we hadn’t planned our day around the evening’s European Cup match between Denmark and Finland, but we weren’t deliberately avoiding it, either. By the time 18:00 rolled around, our little gathering was winding down so we turned on the game. We didn’t watch…

Kretz on Biden in Europe

Joe Biden is now in Europe—if the Brits will forgive our encompassing their scepter’d isle within our continent—and DR’s ace U.S. correspondent Steffen Kretz is ready to help us understand what it’s all about. Analysis: Is America back, as Joe Biden claims?Steffen Kretz, DR.dk, June 9 First, a joke. (Bear with me.) A couple has…

Feel the Noise

My spirits were lifted this morning by a local feature posted on TV2 last night: Total ban on loud music: harbor will seize SoundboksesTV2.dk, June 8 A “Soundboks,” if you’ve been fortunate enough not to have learned from experience, is an industrial-strength speaker that can generate massive sound from a relatively small cabinet. Designed by…

Government by Goodfellas

I couldn’t resist the metaphorical implications of Salvatore Garau’s invisible statue yesterday, but over the weekend a much more practical story had broken and I’d intended to write about it before Io Sono didn’t catch my eye. So here we are, a day late and a dollar short: Will stop “the race to the bottom”:…

Days of Air and Spirit

The Italian artist Salvatore Garau sold a sculpture entitle Io Sono (“I Am”) for $18,000. That’s not so remarkable. The interesting thing about the sculpture, and even more interesting thing about the sale, is that the sculpture is invisible. “Invisible” is, like beauty and astigmatism, in the eye of the beholder. Or not in the…

The Restoration Will Be Unsourced

More and more damning information is coming about Dr. Fauci, the Wuhan lab leak theory, and the mechanics of statecraft applied to the suppression of scientific inquiry, even from some piously leftwing outlets. The border crisis continues unabated. Mere weeks after Eastern European hackers shut down a major gas pipeline and caused gas shortages across…

Hot Stuff

Note: There was no AmerikanskeTilstande post yesterday due to an unforeseen opportunity to dine with Herself, unaccompanied by our spawn, at an actual restaurant, for the first time since 2019. The opportunity was seized. Science and math are magnificent fields worthy of our deepest respect, as well as our gratitude for all they’ve given us,…