The Worthy House

Reality-focused writings, often on history, politics, and human flourishing in the post-liberal future.

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A very recent book that became more relevant overnight—its diagnosis of decadence, and what comes after, is newly relevant in a world changed by the Chinese virus. But Douthat ignores the elephant in ...
March 28, 2020
A partially successful attempt to compress a thousand years of complex history into a readable text.  (The written version of this review was first published February 11, 2018. Written versions, in we...
March 25, 2020
A complete analysis of the eternal modern Western battle between those who focus on human limits (and who often wish humanity would disappear) and those who view science and technology as handmaidens ...
March 21, 2020
It is, I think, timely to consider the differences in how the Chinese and the Americans approach the world. It is certainly instructive. (The written version of this review was first published Februar...
March 19, 2020
In these times of turmoil, why the 1960s were not just a mistake, but a societal evil, and how we can take advantage of today's circumstances to get back on track. (The written version of this review,...
March 16, 2020
A short review, for once, of this excellent work, which discusses how the modern world, in thought and technology, was birthed by Europeans a thousand years ago.  (The written version of this review w...
March 12, 2020
Thoughts about obscure conflicts from fourteen hundred years ago, and what they tell us of today. (The written version of this review, in web, PDF, and ebook formats, can be found here.)
March 9, 2020
Of Niall Ferguson's excellent 2018 "The Square and the Tower," and of low-trust societies and the effects of technology on our political future. Prescient, from the viewpoint of 2020. (The written ver...
March 7, 2020
A book with some interesting points, but extremely narrow and deliberately self-blinkered. (The written version of this review was first published January 24, 2018. Written versions, in web and PDF fo...
March 1, 2020
This 2010 book outlines much of today's even-more-pressing debates about whether America should implement an industrial policy. (The written version of this review was first published January 17, 2018...
February 25, 2020

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