Discursive notes of an aspiring flâneur

Alex Horovitz
Liberty, consent of the governed, and, equality before the law.
Created 23 May 2021
  • Cargo Cult Science
    28 Nov 2021 • 15 min read • 1 0
    Aside: this speech has always resonated with me, for reasons which shall become clear to those readers who know me well. It also helps bring into sharp relief this notion that science (as a process) i...
  • Thanksgiving: Remembering Marty
    21 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    When I first met Dr. Martin E. Glasser (Marty) I was a very young man of 13. My parents were in the middle of a shockingly nasty divorce. My sister and I were pawns in a battle of two vastly different...
  • The Dangerous Road to an Oligarchy of the Rich
    14 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    As near as I can tell we’ve got at least two situations actively working to undermine our American experiment at the present moment. Wait, perhaps three. At any rate, the first two directly lead to th...
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Wokeism
    07 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    In our current climate, as a white person in the United States, it is not possible to avoid the charge of being a racist. In fact, in a weird Orwellian twist, denial of your own racism is viewed as pr...
  • Defending Dave Chappelle
    31 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    Spoiler alert / trigger warning: at the end of the day I am always going to side with free speech, even speech that some will find abhorrent. The freedom to express ideas is the engine that fuels scie...
  • But ... but ... but muh Feelings
    26 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    What really frightens and dismays us is not external events themselves, but the way in which we think about them. It is not things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance. -EPICT...
  • Freedom of thought and expression
    17 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    It was the summer of 1992. My co-counselor Justin and I were having a late night discussion with one of our campers around a campfire in the back country of Yosemite. Laura had asked us a question abo...
  • Me, myself, and I
    10 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    One of the amazing things about life in America is that it affords anyone and everyone the opportunity to move up the economic ladder. The American dream promises that anyone can make it if they work ...
  • Open the borders already ...
    03 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Haitian migrants crossing the Darién Gap last month. Central America is in a state of collapse. Human beings are carving paths through inhospitable jungle regions previously thought impassible. No mat...
  • The Five Core Principles
    28 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    [ Note this is a variation of an essay I wrote prior to the presidential election of 2020 ] When I think back to my time in high school, I feel especially lucky to have been in a Lasallian school. In ...
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