A Clear and Present Danger

Sometimes the divide in worldview issues clearly breakdown along ideological lines and we can easily see what divides Democrats from Republicans. Other times, however, even in our hyper-partisan age, a remarkable unity between the polar ends of the political spectrum becomes visible—and when it does, we had better pay attention. In a crucial subcommittee hearingContinue reading “A Clear and Present Danger”

What Courage Looks Like

Recently, I was suspended from my job for refusing to treat my black students as lesser than their non-black peers. Let me back up: I teach at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and I’ve been doing this for 40 years. I’ve taught 15 different courses, in finance, accounting and law. CNBC has had me on;Continue reading “What Courage Looks Like”

The Law of Contradiction and Double Think

I taught a course this fall semester on totalitarian novels. We read four of them: George Orwell’s 1984, Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and C.S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength.  The totalitarian novel is a relatively new genre. In fact, the word “totalitarian” did not exist before the 20th century. TheContinue reading “The Law of Contradiction and Double Think”

Fighting NAM Again

The New Age movement is a collection of different Eastern-influenced philosophies and practices that centers around the occult, moral relativism, and inner divinity. It promotes biological evolution as well as spiritual evolution with the ultimate goal being one of the many forms of self-deification. There is no official hierarchical structure or doctrine within the NewContinue reading “Fighting NAM Again”

The Four Americas

I begin with “Free America”, which really became into political power in the late ’70s and early ’80s, with Ronald Reagan, and with essentially a narrative of free markets, of strongly pro-business, low taxes, deregulation, get the government out of my life, you know the whole … It’s essentially the Reagan rhetoric which was soContinue reading “The Four Americas”

ELCA Moves Further Left

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has installed Rev. Megan Rohrer as the first openly transgender bishop to serve in the liberal mainline Protestant denomination’s history. For the next six years, Rev. Rohrer, 41, who identifies as both a male and female and uses the pronouns “they” and “them,” will head the California-based ELCA SierraContinue reading “ELCA Moves Further Left”

Euthanasia Takes a Dark Toll

Euthanasia causes deep distress to the doctors who perform it, according to a new book about the experiences of medical practitioners in Belgium where assisted suicide has been legal since 2002. The revelations come as a new assisted suicide bill is due to get a second reading in the House of Lords this autumn. Baroness Meacher’s privateContinue reading “Euthanasia Takes a Dark Toll”