The High Cost of Being Shot

Embed from Getty Images In the naivety of my youth, I believed that people would not be charged for medical treatment resulting from being wounded by criminals. After all, my younger self reasoned,
Embed from Getty Images In the naivety of my youth, I believed that people would not be charged for medical treatment resulting from being wounded by criminals. After all, my younger self reasoned, [More]

Bump Stocks

Listening to audio from the shooting in Las Vegas, many people concluded the gunman had used automatic weapons. However, it turned out that he had used legally purchased semi-automatic rifles that
Listening to audio from the shooting in Las Vegas, many people concluded the gunman had used automatic weapons. However, it turned out that he had used legally purchased semi-automatic rifles that [More]

Same-Sex Marriage: A Case for “Yes”

First published on The Conversation, 11 September 2017. [Note: This piece is specifically about the current process in Australia. It does, however, raise more general issues about the legitimacy and
First published on The Conversation, 11 September 2017. [Note: This piece is specifically about the current process in Australia. It does, however, raise more general issues about the legitimacy and [More]

Police Militarization

After America’s various foreign adventures resulted in a significant surplus of military equipment, there was a need to get rid of this excess. While this had sometimes been done by simple disposal
After America’s various foreign adventures resulted in a significant surplus of military equipment, there was a need to get rid of this excess. While this had sometimes been done by simple disposal [More]

Trump’s White Nationalists

While the election of Obama led some to believe that racism had been exorcized, the triumph of Trump caused speculation that the demon had merely retreated to the shadows of the internet. In August
While the election of Obama led some to believe that racism had been exorcized, the triumph of Trump caused speculation that the demon had merely retreated to the shadows of the internet. In August [More]

Trump & Mercenaries: Arguments Against

Embed from Getty Images While there are some appealing arguments in favor of the United States employing mercenaries, there are also arguments against this position. One obvious set of arguments is
Embed from Getty Images While there are some appealing arguments in favor of the United States employing mercenaries, there are also arguments against this position. One obvious set of arguments is [More]

Trump’s Election Integrity Commission

Embed from Getty Images The Trump regime recently created the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and has requested information about voters from the states. As of this writing,
Embed from Getty Images The Trump regime recently created the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and has requested information about voters from the states. As of this writing, [More]

Truth, Loyalty & Trump

Embed from Getty Images While the first hundred (or so) days of a president’s reign is something of an arbitrary mark, Trump seems to have ignited more controversy and firestorms than most
Embed from Getty Images While the first hundred (or so) days of a president’s reign is something of an arbitrary mark, Trump seems to have ignited more controversy and firestorms than most [More]

Automation & Administration: An Immodest Proposal

Embed from Getty Images It has almost been a law that technological advances create more jobs than they eliminate. This, however, appears to be changing. It is predicted that nearly 15 million jobs
Embed from Getty Images It has almost been a law that technological advances create more jobs than they eliminate. This, however, appears to be changing. It is predicted that nearly 15 million jobs [More]

Is Some Red Line Better Than No Red Line?

Embed from Getty Images There is a reasonable concern that can be raised in response to my view that the red line should be drawn at the murder of civilians rather than at murdering them with
Embed from Getty Images There is a reasonable concern that can be raised in response to my view that the red line should be drawn at the murder of civilians rather than at murdering them with [More]