Prejudice and paternalism in Seattle

The following is an exchange on a community discussion board that I had this week with my neighbors about a “Day of Solidarity” that took place in public schools. I’ve changed the names of my neighbors and edited some of what I and they wrote for the sake of brevity. To me some of the […]

America is Not Great: A Rebuttal

The opening sequence from the first season of Aaron Sorkin’s short-lived HBO show ‘The Newsroom’ still seems to make the rounds on social media. It’s the sort stuff enjoyed by self-loathing Americans or foreigners with an acute case of tall-poppy syndrome. The series garnered mixed reviews, with Jeff Daniels playing the lead character of Will […]

City law a loser for landlords and renters

Seattle’s new first-come first-served renters law is unfortunately more of the same from our city council. It’s legislation in search of a problem, passed with little public notice or consultation, assumes the worst of business people, takes away property rights, won’t deliver the results that are promised and will hurt the very people it’s intended […]

Steve Jobs on education

I recently read the biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It was an excellent portrait of one of the 20th century’s most creative entrepreneurs. Some of the stories – such as Apple’s complex history with Microsoft – were familiar, while others were new to me, including those of Pixar and NeXT. But I was also surprised to […]

Brexit – the young should keep calm and carry on

Britain’s decision to leave the EU has triggered many incredible responses by some in the Remain camp who don’t seem to want to let democracy run its course. Labour MP David Lammy is calling for parliament to ignore the result of the referendum; three million people (and counting) have signed a petition to force a […]