My Modest Proposal for Universal Orphanhood in California

Plato's Old Idea—Eliminating the Family—Aligns With the Most Cherished Visions of Equity Across the Political Spectrum

If California is ever going to achieve true equity, the state must require parents to give away their children.

Today’s Californians often hold up equity—the idea of achieving a just society that is completely free from bias—as our greatest value. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he makes all decisions through “an equity lens.” Over the past year and a half, institutions from theater and dance ensembles to tech companies and media conglomerates have publicly pledged themselves to equity, along with diversity and inclusion.

But their promises of newly equitable systems—and the growing industry …

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The Road to the Inland Empire Is Paved With Good Memories—And Gratitude for Freeways

Don’t ever complain about freeway traffic, especially around my mother.

“You’re lucky to have freeways—when I was a kid, we didn’t have freeways,” she used to say.

But that didn’t stop my …

Quit Playing Games With Our Health

Can Californians Take COVID Gathering Guidance Seriously If the State Still Plans to Host the Super Bowl?

When is California going to stop playing COVID games?

Your columnist is a devout follower of state public health officials and their guidance. I wear two masks in public settings and …

Keep California’s Last Nuclear Plant Running

A Proposal to Retrofit San Luis Obispo's Diablo Canyon Carries Big Risks—and Big Opportunities

California can claim to be an international leader in energy.

Or California can close its last operating nuclear power plant.

But it can’t do both.

Under a 2018 agreement, Diablo Canyon Power Plant, …

Hey, President Biden: Where’s California’s Invite to Your Democracy Summit?

The Golden State Is Far From Perfect, But It's More Democratic Than the U.S. and Most Other Countries

Hey, President Biden: Did California’s invitation to your Summit for Democracy get lost by your failing postal service?

Or did you just forget to put us on your list?

For all the …

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Does California Need Local School Boards?

A San Francisco Recall Reveals a Dysfunctional System Failing Students—And the Useless Scapegoating of Powerless Officials

If California’s local school board members won’t accept unfair criticism, submit to questionable recall votes, or tolerate verbal abuse at meetings, then California should do away with school boards entirely.

Why? …