Politics & Rights
Letter to the Editor: How to Evaluate the Black Lives Matter Movement
TOS Admin February 4, 2021
We need to distinguish between the organization Black Lives Matter and those who support the idea that black lives matter.
Per-Worker Productivity Compared: Fossil Fuels versus Wind and Solar
David McGruer February 4, 2021
Supporters of wind and solar energy present these industries as modern, competitive, and poised to replace fossil fuels in a “great energy transition.” One of their “selling points” is that generating so-called renewable energy creates more jobs. Indeed, it does—but is this a pro or a con?
Cal Newport to Speak at TOS-Con 2021
TOS Admin January 29, 2021
In his talk, "Your Superpower for Success in a Distracted World," Dr. Newport will discuss principles and practices for engaging in deep work, concentrating without distraction, and pushing your cognitive capabilities to their limit.
Arts & Culture
On Accusations of Racism in the Classical Music Industry
F. F. Mormanni January 29, 2021
If we want a color-blind and merit-based classical music industry, then merit is the only thing we should consider. Such an industry would enable musicians to thrive and foster a culture in which they can create and perform the best quality music.
Arts & Culture, Reviews
Wonder Woman 1984, Written and Directed by Patty Jenkins
Frank Olechnowicz January 29, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984 is a dark film that reflects writer/director Patty Jenkins’s sense of life and her confusions concerning morality and capitalism.
Arts & Culture, Education & Parenting, Reviews
Hercules, Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker
Andreea Mincu January 15, 2021
If you have a youthful soul or are a parent looking for the rare story that shows that heroism is not inborn or altruistic but the result of one’s choices and rational values, Hercules belongs on your watchlist.
History, Philosophy, Politics & Rights, Reviews
Freedom: An Unruly History by Annelien de Dijn
Timothy Sandefur January 14, 2021
Far from a history of liberty, de Dijn’s book is a conscious effort to undermine that concept and to substitute in its place what she calls a “democratic conception of freedom,” which, in principle, amounts to collective control over every aspect of individual behavior.
Politics & Rights, Science & Technology
Five Amazing Things that Happened in 2020
Thomas Walker-Werth January 5, 2021
As we look back on 2020 and look ahead to 2021, it’s important that we do so in a balanced way, not disregarding the things that have gone wrong, but also not letting ourselves slip into the fallacy of thinking that we live in the worst of times or at the end of history. We don’t.
Real Fake News
CDC Recommends against Americans Making New Year’s Resolutions
This just in from TOS’s Fake News department: As Americans were preparing to ring in the new year on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control dashed widespread hopes for a return to some semblance of normalcy in 2021, recommending that Americans refrain from making New Year’s resolutions.
Arts & Culture, Economics
Capitalism’s Greatest Hits: The Top Five Heartwarming Holiday Ads of All Time
Tim Chermak December 23, 2020
I love the holiday vibe during the few weeks before Christmas: the fir-scented candles, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra holiday music, Christmas lights, hot chocolate, and ads. Wait, what? Yes . . . advertisements.
Real Fake News
Nintendo Ends Mario-Tocracy with ‘Woke’ Rereleases
Keith Sanders December 22, 2020
Nintendo announced on Tuesday that it is rereleasing classic titles with radically new game designs following a collaboration with Yale professor Daniel Markovits, author of the New York Times best-selling book The Meritocracy Trap.