Bring Back the Buffalo Commons

When I was a kid I distinctly remember my dad having a conversation with his best friend about the “buffalo commons.”  I don’t remember the particulars of that conversation but I do remember the general tone of the conversation and I would say that it wasn’t supportive of the idea.  The idea of a buffalo […]

The Deep North

One of my hesitations about moving to Texas (in addition to the weather) was that I wasn’t crazy about living in a state of the old Confederacy.  Although the Civil War was a long time ago the stench of treason in defense of slavery still lingers in places like Texas.  Also living in Texas has […]

Climate Existentialism

  Today the IPCC came out with “A Special Report on the Impacts of Global Warming a 1.5C”  Essentially, it outlines how bad things will get as the Earth’s climate increases to 1.5 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels but also how much worse things will get if the Earth warms to 2 degrees celsius above […]

Chinese Hegemony? Probably not

International order is in flux.  With the U.S. governed by the racist grifter Donald Trump and a complicit in his crimes Republican party American leadership of the liberal international order is in serious question.  So what comes next?  It’s an interesting time in that there is a space for a more virtuous and left wing […]

Texas Refugee Resettlement

Texas, as everyone knows and everyone here likes to state over and over again, is a big state.  This is both in terms of population and geography.  Because of these two factors Texas also resettles a lot of refugees.  I think people from outside the state are still surprised at the ethnic diversity of places […]