I’ve been wanting to post my personal Flat Earth theory for quite some time now, but I’ve been holding back because I don’t want to court mindless censure. Then I realized: Politically, I’m a moderate who believes in reasonable discussion and compromise, and I fight for those beliefs. So why not this one too?
This is a theory, by the way; it’s not an article of quasi-religious dogma for me. Facts won’t offend me; incivility will. (more…)
“Forget about winning for a sec. Who do you think will lose in 2020?”
The American people. It’s a tradition, after all.
Stop and think about it: Last time around, we were asked to choose between two of the most loathed people in the country. Our alternatives included the pot smoker and a doddering honest-to-God socialist.
(Don’t get me wrong; I’ve got nothing against Bernie Sanders or Gary Johnson (more…)
A certain fluffy-headed optimist posed the following question:
“What tiny change could the whole world make right now to make a huge impact on the rate of climate change in the next decade?”
I’m sure it was aimed at provoking answers like “walk to work” or “plant a tree”, maybe “use less plastic” or just “consume less”. Which would all be good things; I won’t argue that; we should do them all, absolutely. But this sort of question obscures the true (more…)
If you’ve been reading my stuff for any amount of time, you might remember that I was a pretty fervent supporter of Gary Johnson in 2016. Now, I’m no Libertarian; likewise, I don’t smoke pot. I just really dislike both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and I couldn’t bring myself to vote for either one.
(Not to worry; I voted in Maryland. I didn’t get Trump elected.)
This time around, the most prominent Libertarian is running as a Republican. That’s only fair, since the most prominent Socialist (more…)
Wars and government atrocities aside, the United States has more spree shootings than any other country each year.
This is a problem that demands discussion between reasonable and intelligent people. Unfortunately, the political climate in this country is one of extreme and entrenched polarization; moral certitude precludes (more…)
I’m not a climatologist. Neither is anyone that’s warned me about the evils of climate change lately. Like everything else these days, at best we get our information from the news — in other words, a 24-hour 7-day nonstop entertainment program designed to sell advertising and drown out the competition. At worst, we get our news from Facebook memes, Trump’s or AOC’s latest Tweet, or internet rumormongers.
So it’s not surprising that the American public is, for the most part, sadly misinformed (more…)
“The only people truly bound by campaign promises are the voters who believe them.” ― Christopher Hitchens
There are two types of promises: comforting lies, and those meant to be kept. Campaign promises differ from normal ones only in the choice of subject; where a doctor might tell a panicked child, “Now, you might feel a little pinch,” a politician will promise to end world hunger (more…)