Clearly the only cure for most of science, business and government is the Kuhnian cure, death of an entire generation. I pray constantly for a monstrous disaster to speed this salvation. Now that Sheikh Osama is gone, there's no hope that he will try again and get it right this time, so we can only pray for something like a Richter 20.0 earthquake that reduces the East Coast to unsurvivable rubble from Boston to Palm Beach.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.