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…

Thursday, 9th February 2017

Trump as Commodus

I was watching Gladiator not long ago, and it just hit me: I’ve seen this movie before. Or rather, I am seeing it again. Donald Trump is the Emperor Commodus. He’s all about show. He… Continue reading…

Tuesday, 24th January 2017

Mirror World Nobels

From Jan. 24, 2017

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/president-trump-is-planning-to-sign-executive-orders-on-immigration-this-week/2017/01/24/aba22b7a-e287-11e6-a453-19ec4b3d09ba_story.html?pushid=breaking-news_1485313453&tid=notifi_push_breaking-news&utm_term=.96350991e580

This feels like the opposite of Nobel prize week. Instead of a celebration of ideas that were successful, this is a week of really bad ideas.

Physics anti-prize –… Continue reading…

Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Notes for a vocabulary for a Brave New World

From Dec. 21, 2016

Trump = Dear Leader. Term of respect, obeisance, and uncritical acceptance of all things dispensed by our Orange Oracle.

Trump apologist = Trumpologist. Like an astrologist, someone who truly believes in… Continue reading…

Saturday, 3rd December 2016

Boys and Men

From Dec. 3 2016

I was reading through my June 1903 copy of The American Boy, as one does, and came across this little racist nugget in an article on lacrosse:

“It is characteristic of… Continue reading…

Monday, 28th November 2016

Timothy Snyder on fascism

Nov. 28, 2016

The following was originally posted to Twitter by Timothy Snyder, historian of the Holocaust and of modern Europe at Yale University. I think these points are well taken no matter who one… Continue reading…

Sunday, 27th November 2016

Devos as Education Secretary Nominee

From Nov. 27, 2016

Devos as education secretary is a clear case of putting ideology over students, empirical results, and the public good. While her experience is with primary and secondary education, I also… Continue reading…

Friday, 25th November 2016

Health Care Under Trump

From Nov. 25, 2016

 

 

NYT: “Many in Florida Count on Obama’s Health Law, Even Amid Talk of Its Demise”

So, for all those who said that they took Trump seriously but not… Continue reading…

Tuesday, 15th November 2016

Focus…

From Nov. 15, 2016

Is anyone else having a really hard time focusing right now? Everyone has their reasons. Mine include: what’s the use of being a philosopher and trying to teach the proper use… Continue reading…