Precipice

Barney Quick
Ruminations on culture, economics and public policy
Created 18 Dec 2019
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  • The term "education" doesn't mean what most modern people think it does
    11 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    In the mid-1970s, the small liberal-arts college I attended instituted a mandatory course called Cultures and Traditions for sophomores. At the convocation at which it was announced, there were a numb...
  • You may be right, but there's a proviso
    03 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    I write about a rather wide spectrum of topics both here and at Late in the Day, but if there’s an overarching theme to the preponderance of my posts in either venue, it’s the accelerated momentum of ...
  • When the binary-choice perspective overrides all other considerations
    01 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    I did what I could in both 2016 and 2020 to keep my decision to write in a presidential candidate on Election Day under wraps. I was more successful in 2016. Even my wife, with whom, as is our custom,...
  • I never feel like waving my arms
    29 Aug 2021 • 12 min read • 1 1
    I have a love-hate relationship with my daily devotional. I subscribed to it, I’d say, five or six years ago. I’m sure that much of the problem lies on my end. There’s nothing goofy about the minister...
  • At long last, a fresh Precipice post
    15 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    First, a word about my health situation: I appear to be on the other side of the ordeal that has devoured much of my spring and summer. It’s only recently that I feel confident about making such a pro...
  • The only certain thing
    11 Jul 2021 • 9 min read • 0 1
    The moment that signified a quantum shift in my experience with the bodily wear attendant to living came at 6:30 on a Thursday morning. On the physical-health level, my experience to that point was wi...
  • Can conservatism even be defined?
    03 Jun 2021 • 4 min read
    The conversation about how to define conservatism, or if a definition is even possible, is probably as old as the presence of any kind of identifiable modern conservatism on. the ideological landscape...
  • Too much of what's killing us, and precious little of what could heal us
    26 May 2021 • 3 min read
    How do you answer the question, “What is the root cause of America’s spiritual sickness?” Maybe I need to back up a little bit here. I’m willing to allow that a question framed that way is loaded with...
  • Eros and the prospects for a livable world
    11 May 2021 • 3 min read
    Harvey Weinstein didn’t surprise me. Kevin Spacey really didn’t surprise me. Neither did Bill Cosby, once I thought about his days of hanging around Playboy Clubs, even as he hawked Jell-O and portray...
  • Making clown shows out of serious matters
    01 May 2021 • 4 min read
    Nothing is more frustrating than to watch someone attempt to refute a position that it just plain wrong with such ineffectiveness that he or she becomes a distraction and the topic of any further conv...
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