What's in the GOP Senators' Tax Bill?

What's in the GOP Senators' Tax Bill?

The Senate is working on their own version of a tax bill that would need to be reconciled with, or replace, the House is working on. We're going to look at what's in the Senate bill. We've seen a lot of oversimplification of this that seems to intentionally cherry-pick certain parts of it without looking at the whole picture. 

So let's dive in and figure out what's going on.

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Nazis, Communists, and Free Speech

Nazis, Communists, and Free Speech

For all their differences, national socialism and communism have one essential similarity: they both justify mass murder by promising utopia. Their versions of utopia differ, but they are believed to be attainable, not theoretical. First, though, society must pass through a period of chaos, anarchy and mass violence. This transition period - the struggle -  is endured since what comes after is expected to be a revolutionary better world.  But the need to endure a time of extreme violence is not a small part of either philosophy - it is a core aspect of both. A better world can be had. But first there must be killing.

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US Political Parties are Gnarly Coalitions--This Means They Can Be Rebuilt

US Political Parties are Gnarly Coalitions--This Means They Can Be Rebuilt

A pretty amazing new study from Pew Research shows that the parties are fragile coalitions, full of very deep disagreement. This fragility means many very interesting things could happen in the future... and that your stereotypes of each party may not make sense. 

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Do Democracies Die Without External Enemies?

Do Democracies Die Without External Enemies?

Do democracies die without external enemies?

The United States has come a long way from its "consensus" period in the cold war. Many people worry that the Republic is falling apart. There are indeed similarities between the United States and the late Roman Republic, and even the late Athenian Democracy, which tore themselves apart internally. There is a growing sense that democracy, even in Europe, is starting to go off the rails. 

Is this due, ironically, to peace in Europe?

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Highlighting Hope for Real Reform: Missouri

Highlighting Hope for Real Reform: Missouri

We've already talked at great length about political polarization in the US: why it's bad, where it comes from. It's a pretty bleak landscape to be honest. Culturally this is hard to change. Calling for civility won't work, because the incentives are wrong. But we've talked about ways to fix these incentives. They are structural changes.

Luckily, they're starting to happen. Let's take a look at Missouri.

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After Las Vegas: Moving Towards Solutions

After Las Vegas: Moving Towards Solutions

After the Las Vegas tragedy, we might just scream at each other, as we do every time there is a mass shooting.

Or, we could do something more productive. If you're part of the latter camp, read on.

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Dangerous Media Sensationalism on North Korea

Dangerous Media Sensationalism on North Korea

Did you hear that the US declared war on North Korea? If you've been reading a lot of major news outlets, you'd have every reason to believe so. However the real story--with all the context--paints a very different picture.

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Mis-Applying the Overton Window

Mis-Applying the Overton Window

I've heard a few discussions that used the Overton Window as a theoretical tool to support certain ways of behaving politically. But do people really understand the Overton Window well enough to wield it wisely?

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Trump's Wall is Falling, and the Dangers of Relying on Symbols

Trump's Wall is Falling, and the Dangers of Relying on Symbols

Has Trump's wall become an albatross around his neck? A ball and chain? An Achilles' heel?

Learn how these--and other--symbols can be a hinderance when trying to govern.

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The RAISE Act, and How to Analyze the Impact of Immigration Proposals

The RAISE Act, and How to Analyze the Impact of Immigration Proposals

There's a lot of disagreement among Americans about whether we need more or fewer immigrants, and what types will be most helpful. What do economic analyses say on the subject, and about the RAISE act?

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