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Against Dog Whistle-ism

I. Back during the primary, Ted Cruz said he was against “New York values”. A chump might figure that, being a Texan whose base is in the South and Midwest, he was making the usual condemnation of coastal elites and … Continue reading

Book Review: Albion’s Seed

I. Albion’s Seed by David Fischer is a history professor’s nine-hundred-page treatise on patterns of early immigration to the Eastern United States. It’s not light reading and not the sort of thing I would normally pick up. I read it … Continue reading

The Ideology Is Not The Movement

I. Why is there such a strong Sunni/Shia divide? I know the Comparative Religion 101 answer. The early Muslims were debating who was the rightful caliph. Some of them said Abu Bakr, others said Ali, and the dispute has been … Continue reading

Book Review: The Art Of The Deal

I. Many of my friends recommend Robert Cialdini’s Influence, a book about how to be persuasive and successful. I read it most of the way through, and it was okay, but I didn’t have it in me to finish the … Continue reading

Staying Classy

Siderea writes an essay on class in America. You should read it. In case you don’t, here’s the summary: 1. People tend to confuse social class with economic class, eg how much money you make. But social class is a … Continue reading

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Guns And States

[Epistemic status: I think I probably wrung the right conclusions out of this evidence, but this isn’t the only line of evidence bearing on the broader gun control issue and all I can say is what it’s consistent with. Content … Continue reading

Hardball Questions For The Next Debate

Dr. Carson: One of your most important achievements as a neurosurgeon was inventing the functional hemispherectomy, a treatment for epilepsy in which the epileptic hemisphere of the brain is severed from the healthy hemisphere and the body, allowing the healthy … Continue reading

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A Whiter Shade of Candidate

Vox says that Donald Trump practices the “politics of white insecurity”. US News says that Trump shows “the rising power of the white vote”. Salon wants to tell you “eight reasons why white America falls for demagogues like Donald Trump”. … Continue reading

Cardiologists and Chinese Robbers

I. It takes a special sort of person to be a cardiologist. This is not always a good thing. You may have read about one or another of the “cardiologist caught falsifying test results and performing dangerous unnecessary surgeries to … Continue reading

Book Review: Manufacturing Consent

I. Consider: It is our view that, among their other functions, the media serve and propagandize on behalf of the powerful societal interests that control…them. The representatives of these interests have important agendas and principles that they want to advance, … Continue reading