New Year Musings

by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ 2021 was dominated by Covid. But, competing for our attention has been the deepening and hardening of our political divisions, with Trumpers on one fringe, Social Justice lunatics on the other, and the bewildered, seemingly impotent majority of the country in between, wondering what the hell is going on and... Continue Reading →

Summer of 2020

by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ I cannot recall a time which sent my mind swimming like this one.  Nor can I remember a series of events that have provoked such strong thoughts and feelings as those I have been experiencing of late. Indeed, I cannot recall a summer this tense since the notorious Summer of... Continue Reading →

Philosophy’s Woke Follies

by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ These days of pandemic, police brutality, mass protests, looting and rioting are disconcerting. They confront our beliefs; our values; our sense of who we are as a society and as a people.  Many of us are looking for guidance; a sense of moral clarity in these morally uncertain times. We... Continue Reading →

Coronavirus Musings

by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ [1]  Using online communications platforms as a replacement for in-person, physical socializing had already done enormous damage to human relationships – and especially those of young people – well before the social distancing mandates required to combat the novel coronavirus were imposed.  I am worried that this collective social ineptitude... Continue Reading →

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