Rich Tucker

Posted April 19, 2014

There’s nothing more permanent than the illusion of permanence. BlackBerry was revolutionary a decade ago. Now IT departments warn it may be gone within the year.

Posted April 12, 2014

In politics, the trend is toward smaller, more homogenous government. Czechoslovakia broke into two countries.

Posted April 05, 2014

If you disagree with government-as-ATM, you ought to be able to campaign against the politicians who are making the spending decisions. But you cannot. Last year, two-thirds of all federal spending was automatic. That means lawmakers had no control over it; it just happened.

Posted March 29, 2014

Hey you. Yea, you, running a business. Or opening a franchise. Or preparing to retire after a lifetime of hard work. Mike Konczal has a message for you: Stop congratulating yourself and accept the fact that all your success is only possible because you’ve got a massive, federal welfare state backstopping you every step of the way.

Posted March 15, 2014

Bitcoin’s success shows that there’s nothing sacred about money. A $100 bill can buy groceries for a family, or be used in a drug deal (90 percent of paper money in the U.S. has traces of cocaine on it). It’s only valuable because people believe it is valuable.

Posted February 15, 2014

In the mid-1980s the reconstituted band Starship (formerly Jefferson Starship, formerly Jefferson Airplane) enjoyed a number one hit with “We Built This City (on Rock and Roll).” Turns out they were on to something. About the city, if not the rock and roll.

Posted February 08, 2014

At the end of the classic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day off, after the credits role and the music stops, actor Matthew Broderick shatters the fourth wall and tells the audience, “It’s over. Go home.” Hanna Rosin has essentially the same message for human males. It’s over. For you.

Posted January 10, 2014

Shakespeare wrote that some men are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them. But what did he know? A more modern idea seems to hold that no man is great.

Posted December 20, 2013

There are some trends that one can fight against, and others that one must simply embrace. It is the job of a statesman to determine which is which. And that brings us to the proliferation of Christmas music.

Posted December 14, 2013

It’s that time of year again. Time for another supposed “war on Christmas.” Critics on the right complain that liberals are trying to stamp out religion, while many on the left will go looking to be offended by every little thing.

Posted November 25, 2013

It’s usually impossible to tell when an era is ending. Few predicted the market crash that would end the Jazz Age, for example.

Posted November 16, 2013

Ever since Abraham Lincoln delivered his stirring Gettysburg Address at that great battlefield in Pennsylvania 150 years ago, people have been parsing it.

Posted November 02, 2013

It takes a lot to convince a company to move jobs out of the town that bears its name. But that’s the step Hershey took a few years ago, driven in part by cronyism.

Posted October 12, 2013

Journalism is traditionally known as the “fourth estate,” because journalists sat apart from the three estates that made up parliament. They weren’t simply scribes, writing down everything that happened there. They would also report on whether the lawmakers were following through on their promises.

Posted October 05, 2013

As the baseball playoffs approach, beware: As some fans in Boston found out the hard way, snapping too many cell phone photos may be bad for your camera. Or at least your beer.

Posted September 17, 2013

Last year, for one day only, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania put the oldest known copy of the Constitution on display to, fittingly, mark Constitution Day.

Posted September 07, 2013

I recently began walking around my neighborhood carrying a bag and picking up animal waste.

Posted August 31, 2013

Has the United States become too dumb to survive? Not yet, but some aim to take us in that direction.

Posted August 24, 2013

NASA is between a rock and a hard place. Or, to be more correct, it’s in a hard place, because it cannot find a rock.

Posted August 17, 2013

We should all hope Detroit can survive. If it doesn't, get set to draw that graph of human progress again, this time with a line going back down.