The main function of government is to protect the commons—those things that maintain and benefit society as a whole. That’s law and order. Continue reading
Blog Posts and Writings Tagged: climate
Blog 135. American Angst Part 3 of 7: Engineered Inequality
America has greater inequality than any other advanced country.
Among the advanced countries of the world, America has the greatest wealth, but also the greatest inequality in wealth. The U.S. ranks 27th out of 27 high-income countries in median wealth per adult. The top 1% took home 22% of all income in 2015. Continue reading
SYMPTOMS UNDERLYING AMERICAN ANGST
Tribalism and isolation
Echo chamber listening
Blog 131. Why do small nations want big nukes?
Why indeed? For a nation, the benefit of having a nuclear weapon comes from not using it. Continue reading
Blog 119. Arctic ice, blue lies, and echo chambers
Why does climate denial flourish despite the evident facts of melting polar ice and the increasing blanket of greenhouse gases? Logic isn’t the answer.
Blog 117. Barking up the wrong tree?
The scientific societies are barking, complaining about the anti-science movement in the federal budget. Continue reading
Blog 113. Information, misinformation and survival
Scientific news magazines now feature articles that reach out, not only to scientists, but to the educated public. The journal Physics Today, once of interest only to physicists, now has a section entitled People and History. How come? Continue reading
Blog 112. A frosty morning for the New Year
Here’s a photo of a frosty holiday morning in California. The frost illustrates the physics that determines the global climate. And climate is but one of the current worries of scientific associations, who worry about a frosty government. Continue reading