Posts tagged with ideology
15 April 2014 - The Nature of Faith
Religiosity, when channeled through institutions that have had millennia to develop, is mostly benign. Religiosity, divorced of anchor institutions and self-directed through political channels, is harder to manage. Harder to mediate.
9 June 2013 - On Libertarians and Ron Paul
By popular demand (i.e., Abbi), I present a brief synopsis of why some people like Ron Paul.
31 March 2013 - Zero Political Shades of Gray
As long as we insist on treating every policy question like a zero-sum game with only one valid answer per ideology, we all lose.
6 January 2013 - Knock It Off: An Open Letter to @RepJustinAmash
Dear Congressman Amash: Greetings from one of your constituents, a long-time resident of Kent County, Michigan. I’ll be blunt. Congressman, we need to talk. I think you need an intervention.
12 August 2012 - Wilson, Haidt & Moral Psychology
While academic moral philosophy still follows trendy theories down various empty bunny holes, the social psychologsts and evolutionary biologists have plausibly claimed that human moral behavior dervies from the competition/altruism dynamic within groups and between groups.
22 July 2012 - Reflections on a Friend’s Shift from Libertarianism to Progressivism
A recent discussion with my friend Alaric proved most enlightening about why rhetorical strategy varies by ideology and how one’s political leanings can directly affect a person’s system of critical reasoning — as evidenced by his own significant ideological evolution.
22 April 2012 - Reflections on the “After Liberalism” Essays in “First Things”
The central insight into the entire question raised by McClay is that contemporary liberalism faces an existential crisis; from a purely intellectual standpoint, the progressive inheritance is largely spent, with no clear path forward for the dominant political philosophy of the Western world. The question, though, is what happens next. Can liberalism adapt and reform? Will it be supplanted by something different?
25 March 2012 - Saul Alinsky, Reconsidered
I will never be a disciple of his, but engaging his thought directly — instead of the caricature presented in the conservative media — gives me a deeper respect for the man as a noble adversary rather than a demonic bomb-thrower.
26 February 2012 - It Goes to 11: Ideology and the Increase in Ad Hominem Political Discourse
In the current environment, some conservative bloggers are looking more and more like mafioso enforcers, whereas progressive bloggers are looking more and more like spoiled six-year-olds simultaneously deprived of a favorite toy and effective parenting.