Politics

What is the difference between the statues of George Washington and Robert E. Lee?

The pro-confederate-statue side asks this question, likely in earnest, and it is worth grappling with the distinction. Indeed, since slavery is evil and horrible, as generally agreed by liberals and conservatives alike, and both men owned slaves, why is it preferable to take down the confederate statue and not the Washington statue? This is not ...Read more

What is the difference between the statues of George Washington and Robert E. Lee?2018-08-28T23:00:02+00:00

Why Guns Are Not Like Spoons

I. Why Guns are Not Like Spoons “If guns kill people, then spoons make people fat.” That’s a favorite analogy of pro-gun folks to ostensibly make the point that it is bad decisions, and not the inanimate tools themselves that cause undesirable results from the use of the tools. This is a bad analogy, but ...Read more

Why Guns Are Not Like Spoons2018-08-28T23:03:49+00:00

Talk to Trump Supporters

I’ve noticed certain trends in FB arguing over the past few months, primarily revolving around Hillary vs. Bernie and Trump vs. anti-Trump. I’ve seen a wide range of the quality of discourse in the Hillary vs. Bernie arguments from very low to very high. Typically the arguments, regardless of quality, receive a high level of ...Read more

Talk to Trump Supporters2018-08-28T23:04:03+00:00

Why That “Transfinancial” Meme is Terrible

I’ve noticed a meme circulating in some of my conservative friends’ social media posts that is clearly intended to mock the plight of transgender people in view of transgender rights being in the news. It goes something like this: "I'm Transfinancial. It means I am a rich person in a poor person's body. Give me ...Read more

Why That “Transfinancial” Meme is Terrible2018-08-28T23:04:11+00:00

Marching, Civil Disobedience, and Looting are All Different Things

We should make an effort to differentiate between marching, civil disobedience, and looting. They are different things, in the same way that admirable policing and excessive force are different things. After all, our arguments are only as strong as our ability to distinguish and analyze facts, instead of lumping generalizations together. To complain about marching, ...Read more

Marching, Civil Disobedience, and Looting are All Different Things2018-08-28T23:04:20+00:00

Why it doesn’t bother me that Hillary rolls in dough like a boss.

Bernie Sanders himself, and Bernie Sanders’ fans get very worked up about the amount of money in politics. As a result, his campaign is focused on big-money-related issues: overturning Citizens United, limiting the power of Wall St/big banks, universal healthcare (to eliminate profits from insurers/pharma companies), and millionaires and billionaires in general. What follows as ...Read more

Why it doesn’t bother me that Hillary rolls in dough like a boss.2018-08-28T23:04:29+00:00

“It’s Tradition” is not a very good reason to do something

“Tradition” is the least persuasive rationale for continuing to do something. Tradition as a reason is weak because its purpose is basically 1) to remind you of something positive you associate with the past and 2) to free you from having to think of a new way to do something. It is easily trumped by ...Read more

“It’s Tradition” is not a very good reason to do something2018-08-28T23:04:43+00:00
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