We interrupt our usual program …… Down With Everything

Thomas Friedman recently wrote about a discussion he had with Frank Fukyama on the two-volume opus Fukyama is working on “The Origins of Political Order.” Of course, I hardly ever get political here, but this article resonated with me. “Indeed, America today increasingly looks like the society that the political scientist Mancur Olson wrote about […]

The Last Moderate – NYTimes.com

“Cooper is the House’s conscience, a lonely voice for civility in this ugly era. He remembers when compromise was not a dirty word and politicians put country ahead of party. And he’s not afraid to talk about it. “We’ve gone from Brigadoon to Lord of the Flies”” Such a great story I had to post. […]

Microbiopolitics and the Post-Pasteurian Age

Cross posted from my new fledgling blog Practical Microbes I can’t believe that I haven’t written about this amazing paper from MIT anthropologist, Heather Paxson. Heather has been doing research into the culture, business, and politics around cheese. In this paper (link below), she talks about the politics around cheese made from raw milk. Raw […]