Sitemap - 2023 - A User's Guide to History

What's a prez to do? Van Buren and the Democracy

AI will destroy your job

Conspicuous presumption

What's a prez to do? Jackson and the Indians

Who won the Cold War?

What's a prez to do? Quincy Adams and Clay

Gerry who?

Malthus on his head

What’s a prez to do? Monroe's doctrine

Who killed Meriwether Lewis?

Old regimes and new

What’s a president to do? Madison and the Bank

Three Founders walk into a bar . . .

What's a president to do? Jefferson and Louisiana

The tyranny of labels

Dollars and debts

Information R Us

What’s a president to do? John Adams and the Alien and Sedition Acts

When no good deed goes unpunished

What's a president to do? Washington and neutrality

Wishful neutrality?

Take what you can, and hold it till you can't

That's easy for YOU to say

Life after Life

Things could be worse

From the Gallery of Good Ideas: Pneumatic tires

Framing the story

Forgive us our debts

Risk and reward

From Lenin's tomb to Mar-a-Lago

Does American capitalism work?

Morality and democracy

Why parties?

What happened in Philadelphia

Ever Victoria!

Useful fictions?

It’s been proved: We’re getting stupider

Against materialism

Ever Victoria!

The gospel of human rights

Before their time

Can AI be truly creative?

In the footsteps of Harry

Ever Victoria!


Massacre or collateral damage?

I, Pigasus

Ever Victoria!

The end is near

Atrocity stories

How stubborn conflicts end

Edsels and ulcers

Ever Victoria!

Tragedies and statistics

When the speaker was a czar

Spare a thought for James Buchanan

No, Forrest, life is not a box of chocolates

Ever Victoria!

Our daily bread

DIY democracy

Adios to the Gipper

Ever Victoria!

The historian’s superpower

What is a human?

Dated dates

Morality and politics

Ever Victoria!


Politics should be more like business

Ever Victoria!

Was Truman a war criminal?

Is the world really smaller than it used to be?

Water holes and history

Common law marriage

Presidential debates . . .

Americans: Peaceniks or warmongers?

Ever Victoria!

What the world owes us

Kennewick Man

Moses, meet Darwin

The laws of history

Ever Victoria!

Annals of Exploration: The Discovery of Sex

Ever Victoria!

It’s the pictures that got small

Who lost Vietnam?

Ever Victoria!

LeBron James gets paid . . .

Why Congress doesn’t work very well

What’s the economy for?

Most of a lot is more than all of a little

Ever Victoria!

Jack London reports from San Francisco

Cast down your bucket where you are

Ever Victoria!

Give us this day our daily beer

Everyday wizards

Ever Victoria!

Oedipus and us

Nobody gets fired for buying IBM

Ever Victoria!

Fashions in politics

Climate and population

Ever Victoria!


Who killed MLK?

Ever Victoria!

What’s so magna about the Magna Carta?

Burr and Trump

The scientist and the shepherd

Ever Victoria!

Against all enemies

Clint Eastwood, constitutional scholar

Ever Victoria!

A willing suspension of judgment . . .

Ever Victoria!

Hands off my thermostat!


Ever Victoria!

Rabbit a la Roosevelt

Property rights

Ever Victoria!

When Harry met Siri

Ever Victoria!

Marx for pragmatists

Ever Victoria!

Ever Victoria!

A bad idea that won’t go away

ChatGPT for president!

The night before, or the morning after

Peak democracy?

Kids these days

Gallery of great ideas: The telegraph

Deus ex machina

Uncle Sam wants you

Support your local sheriff

The equality trap

Why do people live in countries?

Burying the lede?

Fiction and life

Seeds of empire

Play it, Sam

One picture worth a thousand lives

Goodbye, Gutenberg

Lotsa luck

Out of the mouths of babes

My kingdom from a horse

Fear not the bot

Men no angels

Human rights and colonialism

Mike and Ike

Leave money on the table

You can’t take it with you

Nothing to brag about: The invention of zero

The plight of the adjuncts

College of Comfort; Edgy U

Tragedies, crimes, mistakes

The devil's due