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He Kept Us Out Of War?

I. Some of the best pushback I got on my election post yesterday was from people who thought Trump was a safer choice than Clinton because of the former’s isolationism and the latter’s interventionism. Since I glossed over that point … Continue reading

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SSC Endorses Clinton, Johnson, Or Stein

I. If you are American, SSC endorses voting in this presidential election. Andrew Gelman, Nate Silver, and Aaron Edlin calculate the chance that a single vote will determine the election (ie break a tie in a state that breaks an … Continue reading

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Post-Partisanship Is Hyper-Partisanship

I. A few years ago, I wrote: I want to avoid a very easy trap, which is saying that ingroups vs. outgroups are about how different you are, or how hostile you are. I don’t think that’s quite right. Compare … Continue reading

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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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