Richard Hofstadter

Anti-Urbanism in American Life: The Case of the Passport

For Thanksgiving, I was in Montreal for a family event, which was a little funny, since Canadian Thanksgiving went by about six weeks ago.  But it did give me an opportunity to see a strange tick in one part of America’s self-conception. Take a look at your US passport.  In the section for visas, you …


Don’t Call It Skepticism

Dan wants to know why “climate skeptics” don’t seem to care about uncertainty: Let  me try just one more time.  Suppose you have some symptoms that could be a fatal disease or could be something minor.  You’re not certain which it is.  Is that a good reason for ignoring the problem?  Really? There is a …