These are the public versions of the private thoughts of a public intellectual. They are not to be taken as the official position of any group, party, or institution. You may find them boring, confusing, offensive by turn. If you are prone to boredom, confusion, or if you are like to take offense, you may wish to go elsewhere. I welcome comments, but comments that don't respond to what I've actually written or that tell me I'm a jerk will not be posted. Call me names on your own blog.