Monday, 15th March 2021

Undermining the Future in Florida

In another edition of My Stupid State, Florida now has a bill before the legislature that will change the state support for students going to universities. It is the Bright Futures program, which has been… Continue reading…

Friday, 4th September 2020


A thousand attempts have been made to try to explain our political moment, from the left (or even from the center). Many of these end up in frustration – “well, they’re just crazy on the… Continue reading…

Monday, 10th August 2020

Everything Sucks

As I’ve said before, Facebook presents itself to us as a single person. I guess Twitter does too, but all the messages from all the people and corporations and Russian trolls and everyone else out… Continue reading…

Thursday, 1st November 2018

Some thoughts on the US midterms

On next week’s US midterm election:   1. Advance polls are meaningless. Remember two years ago. Everyone has an advanced poll, and will claim accuracy after the fact depending on what happens. Yes, there is… Continue reading…

Friday, 28th September 2018

Against Character

A truism of political morality is that we should take character seriously. This is, perhaps, more of a truism on the right than the left, but it would be rare to find someone who would… Continue reading…

Wednesday, 29th August 2018

“Irrational” voting?

NYT coverage of the primary elections in Florida and Arizona. It’s been noted before, but there’s a subtle (sometimes not so subtle) slant to their political reporting. Exhibit A:

“Mr. Gillum edged out Ms…. Continue reading…

Saturday, 14th July 2018

Trust and Faith

My university is getting a new president, after 26 years of the previous one being in that position. The new president was our provost (there was a national search, but it’s pretty clear that he… Continue reading…

Tuesday, 16th January 2018

Mine not mine

I’ve seen several people raise the question of whether this American president is “my” president. Obviously, that is a question Americans are asking – the rest of the world is saying, you broke it, you… Continue reading…

Friday, 5th January 2018

Banks and repressed rage

from Jan. 5, 2018

Going into a bank, any bank, is for me an exercise in carefully repressed rage. The people who work there are generally perfectly nice. But it is all against a… Continue reading…

Sunday, 17th December 2017

Evangelicalism and intuitionism

From Dec. 17, 2017

The attached article (click on the above picture) is interesting, and gets at something I’ve been thinking for quite awhile, at least in part, which is that there is a… Continue reading…

Monday, 20th February 2017

Moral Geography

From Feb. 20, 2017

I’m interested in the contours of the moral universe in which Trumpists reside. Lying is clearly not a problem with anyone. Sexual abuse is fine – yea for pussy grabbing. Hypocrisy… Continue reading…