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Will Republicans Reap the Whirlwind?

Gabriel Sterling, a Georgia election official, gave an impassioned speech against the death threats and intimidation aimed at election workers. He also noted the threats of violence against Chris Krebs, who was fired from his position as the head of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Krebs was fired for not backing Trump’s election [More]

Against Bad Government [Pandemic Edition]

Libertarians like to rail against "Big Government", but that often comes off as needlessly ideological and indiscriminate.  Governments are capable of doing good things, after all, and it's worth supporting them when they do.  (Granted, there are more sweeping arguments for why, say, a market-based economy is a better idea than communist central-planning, no matter how "good" the communist leaders might be.  But attacks against "big government" tend to have a wider target than just this.)So I prefer to stake a claim against bad government.  When governments do bad things, it's the badness, not the mere fact of intervention, that I'm opposed to.  Framing it this way may help to make for a more receptive audience, too: few liberals are impressed by sweeping complaints about "big government", but nobody could deny that particular policies might be bad.  And from there we might even be able to identify systematic reasons why certain governments, at certain times, could be expected to generally do more harm than good, and hence why we might reasonably prefer that they had less power over us (at least if we're not able to remedy the deeper problem).An example: Early in the pandemic, our local government in Miami closed all the parks, and even after general re-opening, for the longest time they kept closed the public playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment.  They did this even while re-opening indoor gyms and playgrounds.  This [More]

Choice Blindness and Inconsistent Beliefs

Unlike the thinking machines of science fiction, human beings can easily believe inconsistent (even contradictory) claims. I am confident I have many inconsistent beliefs and know that I have many false beliefs. This is because I have turned up such beliefs over the years—one of the benefits (or occupational hazards) of being a professional philosopher. [More]

Consistency & Belief

While I was required to take Epistemology in graduate school, I was not particularly interested in the study of knowledge until I started teaching it. While remaining professionally neutral in the classroom, I now include a section on the ethics of belief in my epistemology class and discuss, in general terms, such things as tribal [More]

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