Category Archives: Philosophy

We Must. We Must. We Must.

Is it too late to comment on Obama’s second inauguration? Well, here goes. Much digital ink has been spilled about the way Obama’s speech revealed the modern progressive vision, etc, etc. I was most touched by the word cloud of … Continue reading

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Thoughts On Immigration Reform

Now that the one-track mind of political discussion has shifted from gun control to immigration reform, I know you’re all dying to know what my opinions are, and how I hope to influence policy with the great reach of those … Continue reading

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The Absurdity of the Platinum Coin and Other Absurd Absurdities

The clever plan to sidestep the debt ceiling with a $1 trillion platinum coin swept the blogosphere and even the real-life-news-osphere this week, but it was definitively shot down today by the U.S. Treasury. I didn’t get a chance to … Continue reading

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Why I Love the Debt Ceiling

Whenever the debt ceiling creeps back into the news, Smart People start talking about how ridiculous the whole thing is and why it should be completely abolished. Congress already approved the legislation that led to increasing the debt, so why … Continue reading

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The Asymmetrical Nature of Good and Bad Guns

In the wake of last week’s tragedy, and the ensuing proliferation of ideological tweets and comments and posts and other ephemeral boastings, I saw multiple arguments of this flavor: “Let’s be real, how often do you hear about some upstanding … Continue reading

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Lincoln, Corruption, and Compromise

I had the pleasure of watching the Lincoln movie over Thanksgiving weekend. The film fills almost three hours mostly with politicians talking to each other, which of course I found terribly interesting. I’m not spoiling too much to tell you … Continue reading

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Capitalism and Altruism Are Not Incompatible

A few days ago Jason Kuznicki, provoked by a misguided capitalist prayer, raved against the “monstrous hybrid of Randism and Christianity so often seen on the American right.” Elaborating in comments, he says, “The one is individualist and professes rational … Continue reading

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Peak Republican

Part of the myopic focus on the presidential race this week has involved pundits and journalists blathering about the dire future of the Republican party. I don’t feel like looking up the links and statistics because I’m feeling lazy on … Continue reading

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