Category «Social Commentary»

A Prayer for Owen Meany

Living in an area with too many people and cars, I spend a lot of time in mine. I can’t stand commercials and useless traffic reports, and I’m too cheap to pay for a subscription service. Fortunately, I’m alive at the most wonderful time in human history! I have Audible.com. I listened to A Prayer …

An Elegy to American Culture

Here are a couple of paragraphs from my book, Where the Roads Lead (link below), a memoir of my pilgrimage to Rome, walking from Barcelona. Toward the end of the book, it seemed appropriate to include some thoughts about what the experience meant to me. The lessons are still in their formative stages and slow in coming, …

Mr. Lincoln

In a previous post I made reference to mass murders—not the John Wayne Gacys and Charles Whitmans of the world, but the truly great among mass murderers: Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, et al. I assume not a few readers might have stumbled when they read Abraham Lincoln’s name included among those luminaries. Gacy killed …

A Few Thoughts on Anarchy

I took a risk by posting this article on anarchy. Few people, hardly any in fact, have any idea what capitalism is, much less anarchism. But as Dylan Thomas wrote, “Do not go gentle into that good night.” I never have. So, for anyone who’s interested, here are a few words about anarchism. I’ll save …