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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]

TEA, Rand & 2020

From a philosophical perspective,I respected the Tea Party for having an explicit  and publicly stated philosophical foundation.  This foundation was, of course, the ethical egoism of Ayn Rand. It can be argued that the Tea Party died on July 22, 2019, but the ethical egoism it embraced has lived on and can be used, perhaps, [More]

Vote by Mail: The Trump Problems

Americans have been voting by mail since the Civil War and it was growing in popularity even before the pandemic. While the risk of infection for in-person voting is low if precautions are taken, poll workers do face significant risk because of repeated (hopefully) low-risk exposures. But why take needless risk when vote by mail [More]

Voting Guide: Joe vs. Donald

The legitimacy of a democratic state (broadly defined) rests on the consent of the governed and this is expressed through voting. As such, you should vote and should support (or at least not oppose) efforts to ensure that all citizens can vote without facing an undue burden. In terms of who you should vote for [More]

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