Crime, Punishment, and Complications of Moral Agency

Crime, Punishment, and Complications of Moral Agency

"Prison is not punishment in Sweden. We get people into better shape."  The statement carries surprisingly grand philosophical significance... and opens up a whole lot of questions about what moral agency even means.

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The Middle Ground Needs More Than Moderates

In our mission to "rebuild the middle ground" of United States politics, we are obviously fighting a losing battle. If there's any hope to be had from this particular strategy, the middle ground needs to identify who it is, and find each other--and fast. 

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Helping People Disown a President

Helping People Disown a President

The step-by-step guide to getting people to disown the presidential candidate they voted for. Step 1: enough with the Hitler mustaches. 

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Grasping at the Fake News Straw--and Why it Matters

Grasping at the Fake News Straw--and Why it Matters

So Fake news is fake news.

By which I mean, "fake news" is fake news. Not that there's no fake news. But it's not really much in the way of news. Or it shouldn't be.

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The Surprising Argument Against Single Payer Healthcare in the United States

The Surprising Argument Against Single Payer Healthcare in the United States

I wanted to point out a potential consequence of the United States adopting single payer insurance that I have not yet seen spoken elsewhere. I wanted to point out a potential consequence of the United States adopting single payer insurance that I have not yet seen spoken elsewhere.

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Please Don't Remove Politicians from Politics

Please Don't Remove Politicians from Politics

"Could Technology Remove Politicians from Politics?" So is the question posed by Motherboard, exploring the idea of a democracy app, where you vote directly on issues. 

There's a strong sense of a major problem and a deep desire for a big shake-up, rather than just another election. And no doubt there are major problems. But please, please do not go with cutting the politicians out of politics as the solution. 

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We Will Not Live in a Post-Scarcity Economy

We Will Not Live in a Post-Scarcity Economy

I've been asked a lot about the "post-scarcity economy" as it relates to policy going forward. I have done some research into the economics of this and decided to not seriously consider the question as I've concluded that we will never live in a post-scarcity economy. The technological changes required would be so vast that society is unimaginable.

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Why The Electoral College Revolt Was Doomed

Why The Electoral College Revolt Was Doomed

There was much ado about the Hamilton Electors, a pack of Electoral College Electors trying to get the College to elect a Republican alternative to Trump. Despite unprecedented public support and pressure, the Hamilton Elector movement went out with a mighty fizzle. It was probably doomed from the start. 

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The Whole "Wall" Thing Is a Myth that Everyone Subscribed To

The Whole "Wall" Thing Is a Myth that Everyone Subscribed To

"I will build a great wall...and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me --and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."

Huge shift in policy... right?

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Reflections from a Scarred City

Reflections from a Scarred City

Xander and I had the great pleasure of visiting Berlin for the 2nd time over the past 5 days.
But Berlin is a city that can haunt you constantly, if you're looking even a bit close. Those scars have a lot to teach us and remind us. 

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