Author Archives: Kelly Sloan

Lessons from Ferguson likely to go unheeded

Given the hyper-charged rhetoric and sheer level of irrationality surrounding the violence in Ferguson, Mo., I suppose we ought to consider ourselves fortunate if the principle lesson drawn from the whole sad affair is there are some people who like to break and throw things and set cars and stores on fire. Because it seems highly unlikely anything that would actually help poor black communities will be allowed to emerge from the ashes of that unfortunate city. Continue reading

While Iraqi crisis mounts, government focuses … on awkward team names

Another fortnight, another foreign policy disaster for President Barack Obama. This week, Iraq is coming apart at the seams, the remnants of the Al Qaeda-backed groups the United States and Britain fought there having regrouped and coalesced in the void left by the accelerated withdrawal of virtually every last allied soldier. Continue reading

Research reveals who’s really anti-science

The eminent historian Paul Johnson begins his acclaimed book “Modern Times” by describing Albert Einstein’s quest at the beginning of the last century for an all-encompassing general theory of relativity and the three specific tests he determined were required to empirically validate his equations. Continue reading

Torturing First Amendment poor solution to campaign finance problems

For the record, I’m in favor of the First Amendment guarantee of free speech, with the usual and, I should think, reasonable exceptions (the clichéd but relevant prohibition against yelling “fire” in a school or crowded theater or showing pornography in either venue, for example). Continue reading

U.S. risks repeating mistakes of history

Looking back on the events of the last few weeks, I found myself wondering if there’s a Russian word for Lebensraum. For those who have an appreciation of the history of World War II — I’m not sure how modern progressive high school history texts might refer to it, if at all — the parallels between the Nazi’s territorial expansion and Russia’s recent actions in Crimea are striking and more than a little terrifying. Continue reading