The Utility of Facts

Each person’s worldview is not a single fixed thing. It is a tapestry, woven from countless threads, or a photograph made of countless pixels. And each of those tiny, barely-perceptible…

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Some Thoughts on Private Censorship, Power, and Control of Speech

As far as speech is concerned, the rule-of-thumb view we should adopt is that any individual or private group has the right to determine who is allowed in their space, and…

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Some Social Challenges That Won’t Magically Go Away With a Biden Presidency

2020 will be remembered for a lot, and one of the obvious low points is the start of a global pandemic. However, for many this will be offset (at least…

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Political Intellectuals Discouraging Political Intellect

Many intellectuals[1] lament the supposed apathy, stupidity, or ignorance of the average person. Some start from a charitable idea: e.g., people don’t care about issues of greater political implication for…

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The Beauty of Nationalism

We all have biases, and for many people nationalism (even the smallest degree of it) is one of them. However, if your goal is to understand the world, nationalist sentiments…

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Anti-Gun? Check Your Privelege

Those against firearm ownership often lead their objections with a distaste for over-enthusiastic attitudes about guns that they say verges on cult-like worship. The claim is also made that these…

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The Tricky Business of Violence

The tricky business of violence against the state (or other systems of power) is really defined by two questions: When is violence acceptable and justifiable on principle, and when is…

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It’s About Control, Not Liberty

Modern conservatism and right-wing ideology in the United States in particular and North America in general often defines itself by its devotion to liberty. For many, I imagine, this is…

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Thanks, I Guess

When massive Western corporations provide relief and assistance during a pandemic, these stories are easily framed by corporate communications teams, the government, and mass media as some sort of angelic…

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Magical Thinking

One of the most memorable and happy moments of my life was the one in which I realized magic isn’t real.  I was a bit old for this revelation; in…

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