Amazon Makes Prime Fools out of NYC and DC

The Shire has been on sabbatical for awhile – some exciting family opportunities left me with no time to write. I’m glad to be back. Amazon Wants to Get Paid Over the past year, the great Amazon auction played itself out. As most of you know, Amazon announced plans to build a second headquarters, and…

Don’t Live Like “a Boss”

I keep seeing an ad by the car-company GMC.  The ad asks “How do you want to live?  As a decent person? Not a bad guy? A good friend? Is that it — good? Of course not. King of the hill? Better. Top of your game?  Win. All-powerful, like a boss, like a standard bearer, like…

Our Angry Politics is a Real Problem

America’s divisions have gotten deeper and more bitter.   Disagreements on issues like gun control, abortion, gender, immigration, and role of religion in public life are no longer just arguments about public policy.  Instead, Americans view them  as deep and unbridgeable cultural, religious, and philosophical divides.   We are a deeply divided nation — one “Red” and…

Protecting Children and Ending the Culture of Death

The focus and debate on the larger implications of Parkland has continued over the past week.  In my last post, I contended that spiritual renewal and providing real community to people would be the best ways to prevent future tragedies.  While I continue to believe this, I’d like to discuss some other causes and solutions…

There Really is a Way to Prevent Gun Violence

We are all heartbroken by the brutal shooting this week in Parkland, Florida.  17 precious souls lost.  The story is a depressingly familiar — a lonely, probably mentally ill young man obtains a semi-automatic weapon (in this case, like many others, an AR-15) and enters a school with the intent to kill as many kids…

On Spending, America is a Spoiled Brat

America is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world.  Our annual Gross Domestic Product is nearly $20 trillion, nearly double the second place nation (China) and more than the Japan, U.K., Germany, India and France combined.   Not surprisingly, the U.S. government spends nearly twice as much as any government on its people and priorities. With…

Against President Trump’s Tariffs

Free trade is under attack around the globe.  Opponents deny the benefits and blame free trade for job losses, shuttered plants, and a loss of domestic manufacturing.  President Donald Trump is the leader of this movement — he built his campaign on the proposition that free trade has harmed America, particularly the middle class. Free…

In Defense of the Free Market (and Help for Those it Hurts)

President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on solar panels and washing machines made abroad got me thinking about the free market, capitalism, and free trade.  Over the next two posts, I’ll explore the economic and moral case for the free market, consider its destructive effects, and examine President Trump’s tariff plan. Free Markets Are…

Why Contemporary Art is so Awful

We live in a coarse age.  In many ways, big and small, the graces of life are being undermined and diminished.  A prime example is the world of art where lovely and inspiring canvases have been replaced with . . . we’ll get to that soon.  Let’s start with a disclaimer — I am not…

Martin Luther King Jr., American Hero

Today, America pauses to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.   Dr. King’s impact on America cannot be overstated.  He led a movement that awakened America to the injustice and cruelty of the overt racism that dominated America, particularly in the South.  He did so by calling America back to its roots…