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The Hidden Promise, And Terror, Of Artificial Intelligence

As I watch the nation transform itself into the Failed States of America, I struggle with what the future will hold. My best guess? Long after the union has crumbled, we’ll be coping with, and relying upon, artificial intelligence (AI).
Indeed, I spend a fair...

Welcome to the World of "Reasonable Robots"

The development and adoption of the automobile changed forever personal injury law. The common law era of horses and buggies gave way to manufacturing, high speeds and unforeseen injuries. First came the car, then the law involving accidents with cars. Technology is always a step or two...

Turow's "Last Trial" A Masterpiece

I’ve a confession to make: I’ve not stepped into a courtroom since sometime in early March of this year, and I haven’t missed it one bit.
This is a confession because I am a trial- and appellate-lawyer. I make my living, or at least I used to make my...

Augustine's Confessions: What Is It About The Pear?

The final words of Book Two of St. Augustine’s Confessions could easily be a epigraph for our times: “I turned myself into a famished land I had to live in.” I’ve all but given up watching the news on television: In a matter of months, our public life has been...


"Naked Athena?" Not Quite. A Goddess of Mass Hysteria

You’ve probably seen the picture of Naked Athena by now. She’s the lithe young woman who pranced nude through the streets of Portland, Oregon, the other night, wearing only a black face mask and a cap to confront law enforcement officers as they tried to quell protestors....

Augustine's Confessions Still Reveal Profound Truths

I’ve turned during this season of pandemic-induced hysteria to Saint Augustine for solace. His Confessions is one of the greatest books ever written. Augustine understood sin; he experienced the transforming power of grace; and, he wrote of his relationship with God in terms at once...

Perhaps It's Time To Start Dismissing Criminal Cases

We’re now four months into the pandemic, and, as near as I can tell, much about the world has changed. I say this tentatively because throughout this period, I’ve remained mostly at home, working remotely, and appearing in my office on rare occasions when I am sure not to run into...

A Proposed Constitutional Amendment To Ban Race-Based Taxes

What follows are two alternative proposals for amendments to the United States Constitution to ban race-based transfer payments, or reparations.
Discuss these daily with friends, families, and elected officials. In this season of race-based hysteria, support for reparations to...

"Anti-Racism," Privilege and the Grand Shakedown

If I understand the evolving racial rhetoric of our times, it goes something like this: You are either a racist or an anti-racist. There is no position of neutrality. Using this device permits adherents to dispense with nuance and divide the world in good and evil at the snap of a finger. ...

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