Posts tagged with politics
12 May 2013 - On the Ethics Relating to Feral Cats
Who would have thought that something as commonplace as a transient family of ferals could prove so ethically complex?
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.
3 February 2013 - The Establishment vs. The Tea Party; Or, Why Word Choice Leads to an Irrational Narrative
The struggle between Tea Party and Establishment is probably less about ideology — I think everyone’s fundamentally on the same page — than it is about tactics.
27 January 2013 - Credit Where It’s Due, to @RepJustinAmash
Congressman Amash called my home, personally, to offer a gentle defense.
16 December 2012 - The Fortnight in Politics: Right to Work, Fiscal Cliff, Sandy Hook, Susan Rice Withdraws, Amash Gets Spanked
It’s been a month, hasn’t it? The astonishingly mild 60-degree winter in West Michigan serves as a counterpoint to the depressingly extreme politics beyond the Grand Rapids area. Several news ledes warrant a quick review.
2 December 2012 - Of Bread, Circuses and Ovaries
The 99 percent. The 47 percent. Sandra Fluke. Cardinal Dolan versus Secretary Sebelius. Single women giving 68 percent of their vote to Barack Obama. Each of these talking points waltzes around a thorny problem for American governance: The challenge of entitlement reform in a culture with far too many fallen soldiers in its “little platoons.”
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.
29 July 2012 - Civility in Modern Discourse: A Brief Reflection
The idea that neighbors have a responsibility for each other, or that everyone deserves to be treated decently even when you disagree, seem to be derogating in favor of a civility-as-nonjudgmentalism that undermines the power of public expectation to maintain public morals.
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.