Raymond Williams, in his classic work of history and criticism The Country and the City, examines the ways that people have long lamented the demise of the countryside and country life at the expense of cities and urbanity. …

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Recently, I wrote up a little thought experiment to better understand how the billionaires’ space-race this summer among Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk could turn space into a place with the most unequal distribution of wealth “in the world.” Summary: in space in Summer 2021, 99.9996% of the…

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Where in the world can claim the dubious distinction of having the most extreme disparities between the rich and the poor?

Gotcha; it’s a trick question. Because at least in Summer 2021, the answer may not to be found on Earth at all. It’s in space.

Once Jeff Bezos (net…

My first “real” bike was a 1991 Bridgestone RB-T, which my parents bought for me in 7th grade or thereabouts, not realizing the significance of what they were doing. They were not bike people, so they couldn’t have, really. In the basement, they had two bike-boom-era Peugeots that had seen…

Yesterday, March 21st, was World Down Syndrome Day. If you didn’t know, not so many do. If you knew and forgot, I understand. If you remembered, but were kind of busy, well, welcome to the time of COVID-19.

My intention had been to post what you are reading now on…

Nick Buchanan

“… some miserable intellectual who balks at technical progress.” — J. Ellul, The Technological Society

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