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Ultimate War Games

March 17, 2019

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To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman. — George Santayana It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it. — Robert E. Lee When I was a kid in the turbulent 1960s, […]

Why We’re Stuck with Polarization

March 3, 2019

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I will now perform a magic trick using only words. They will appear on your screen as a complete, grammatically correct sentence with proper syntax and a clear meaning. AND YET … You will be unable to remember it! First, some background: Deep in the ancient past, humans lived in small tribal groups, hunting and […]

I Lost Her at the Voting Booth — a short story

November 4, 2018

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Insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule. — Friedrich Nietzsche Politics can be hard on relationships. Take me, for instance. I had a girlfriend who broke up with me on Election Day. We’d been together only a few weeks. Already some of her stuff was […]

Political Discussion Pitfalls

April 15, 2018

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  People suppose they have the right way, and it is the only way. — Jeffrey Tucker “Political discussion” is an oxymoron. — Quippy Have you noticed how people in political discussions never, ever change their minds? You’d think public controversies ought to be talked out reasonably by the citizens — that’s the responsible thing […]

Things We Get Wrong

February 12, 2017

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People are irrational and their decisions are based on emotion, influence, and random variables. Reason is mostly an illusion. — Scott Adams My group is always right — We evolved as tribal villagers, living in groups that hardly changed over the generations. We depended on those people, couldn’t live without them. Outsiders — strangers from faraway — […]

Cento Politicus

August 28, 2016

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THE PROBLEM: No matter how civilized we are and how much society has curbed violent behavior, human beings still have the same genes they had 10,000 years ago. Our bodies are designed to have a certain amount of physical stress and violence in them. We’re designed to run from jaguars and fight to defend our […]

Barbarian

August 21, 2014

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A barbarian isn’t someone from a society you find distasteful. A barbarian is someone who forces you to belong to that society. The true barbarian is he who thinks everything barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices. — William Hazlitt It’s not how you dress or what you believe that makes you civilized; it’s how […]