2012 and 2013: A Look Back and a Look Forward

Last year, the Pileus bloggers made some forecasts about 2012. How did we do? Here are my predictions: 1. "Sudan and South Sudan will go to war. Both countries will also experience internal armed conflicts with at least 25 battle deaths." Sudan and South Sudan fought a brief war in March and April of 2012. … Continue reading 2012 and 2013: A Look Back and a Look Forward

The Prologue

The protracted negotiations over the fiscal cliff suggest how difficult things will actually become once we begin to address the simple fact that existing entitlements cannot continue to exist in their current form. The one significant reform that was proposed earlier by President Obama during his discussions with the Speaker involved using the chained CPI … Continue reading The Prologue

A miserable misreading of Les Miz

Quite often feminist critiques of popular culture are insightful, but sometimes they are simply insufferable. The latter description is apt when describing the comments of Princeton theater professor Stacy Wolf regarding the musical Les Miserables.  I happened to see the new cinematic depiction of the popular musical this past week and was moved, as I … Continue reading A miserable misreading of Les Miz

Sorry, Dude, You Aren’t in the Middle Class

From a recent Wall Street Journal article: Bruce H. Lee, president of a real-estate company, and his wife, a schoolteacher, together earn more than $250,000 a year. Their accountant told them to prepare for higher taxes on their capital gains and dividends as well as a possible rate increase. Mr. Lee lives in Kensington, Md., … Continue reading Sorry, Dude, You Aren’t in the Middle Class

Advice to the GOP: In the Spirit of the Holidays, Accept the Gift

The fiscal cliff debates seem to be at a standstill as we approach the end of the year.  On the spending side, the proposal to change the indexing for Social Security seems to be quite positive. The use of the CPI-W has fueled growth in the real value of benefits and the substitution of a … Continue reading Advice to the GOP: In the Spirit of the Holidays, Accept the Gift

For God so loved the world

I enjoy learning about different moral philosophies.  Few questions are more important, it seems, than this basic one: what ought we to do? Every philosophical theory has to start with some conception of what is it about human beings that really matters.  Given philosophers’ penchant for reason, it is no surprise that so many through … Continue reading For God so loved the world

Be Responsible with Your Travel Freedom

I hope all of our readers had a merry Christmas today and are enjoying the holiday season.  I spent the day with a foggy head and sore body thanks to someone running a red light and causing a pretty serious accident involving me and my treasured old car on Christmas Eve.  I think I'll survive but the car almost … Continue reading Be Responsible with Your Travel Freedom