In Defense of Golf

In Defense of Golf

Much ado about golf, once again.

"Once again?" You say. Oh yes, I do. If you're a typical political news reader, you either saw a whole lot about golf in the past 8 years (and then nothing) or pretty much nothing about golf and then a whole lot just now.

So let's look at now: Trump golfs, probably more than many other presidents have golfed. People are mad that he golfs. Did you know it's costing taxpayer dollars? Shouldn't he be busy fighting ISIS

If you rewind a bit, you actually have so much fury about the amount of golf Obama played that there is a fairly popular website dedicated to it. Obama actually spent a staggering (?) 3% of his entire tenure playing golf. That probably cost the American taxpayer quite the pretty penny, too. And ISIS was around for much of his own outings.

What slackers, am I right? We'd better spend energy keeping track of which president golfed more frequently, so we can stock up on some good political points that we'll use later to accomplish nothing at all. 

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The Atlantic Makes ReConsider Great Again

The Atlantic Makes ReConsider Great Again

The Atlantic’s April 2017 issue just came out, and it has a doozy of an article: “Making Athens Great Again.” It’s a powerful read that speaks at length about the faltering and subsequent renewal of Athens following the execution of Socrates and Plato’s creation of the Academy. It discusses why a nation with a sense of exceptionalism must include self-criticism and self-questioning to be worthy of itself. It is an article recounting an ancient history with contemporary relevance.

But it has some problems.

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News Sucks Because We Consume It Differently Now

News Sucks Because We Consume It Differently Now

President Trump addressed Congress on March 1st, and as soon as it was over, headlines popped up at every major news outlet in the country.

And they were all very, very different. It shows us a bit about how news sucks... but why does it?

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The GOP May Want to Consider a Bipartisan Obamacare Replacement

The GOP May Want to Consider a Bipartisan Obamacare Replacement

Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are planning on moving forward with the GOP's Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan (still officially not released in full). The plan itself is still likely to change, and they're having trouble getting all of the Republicans on board, but they want to move forward. This reminds me of a story. A very important one for Republicans that want to win.

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Where Did All the Manufacturing Jobs Go? And Should We Care?

Where Did All the Manufacturing Jobs Go? And Should We Care?

Let's dig into the data: what happened to American manufacturing jobs?

This one's a doozy--but you'll learn a lot.

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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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