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RBG’s Replacement

After Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, Republicans claimed Obama did not have the right to appoint a replacement and this should be left to the next President.  The justified their view by asserting that because Scalia died in early February 2016 Obama had slightly less than one year left in office. Since the Republicans [More]

Rethink the Police

There has been a call to defund the police, which has triggered various responses. Some take issue with the choice of “defund” since it allows the folks on the right to create a plausible seeming straw person. A straw person is a fallacy in which a distorted or exaggerated version is put in place of [More]

Trump’s Strength

In my high school and college track and cross-country days I was accustomed to the usual unflattering comparisons between runners and football players. Runners were often mocked as weak and unmanly, while football was a sport for manly men. When Trump’s followers praise his strength, this reminds me of those days and leads me consider [More]

Trump & American War Dead

The Atlantic recently published a piece claiming that Trump described Americans killed in was as ‘losers’ and ‘suckers.’ Trump has denied these claims and his supporters have rushed to defend him. As would be expected, people trend to believe or reject the claims based on their ideology rather than on considerations of the evidence. I [More]

Strawception: Biden

The straw person fallacy is a stock tactic in politics, so it is no surprise that Trump and his fellows have constructed a straw Biden. Interestingly, one of their straw Bidens is presented as holding straw versions of socialism—perhaps risking a strawception incident. One version of the Straw Person fallacy is committed when one ignores [More]

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  • Professor of Religion and Professor of Philosophy
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