Did people steal the election from Donald Trump? The U.S. recently held its presidential election. By now, almost everyone in the U.S. knows these two things: 1) Joe Biden has been declared the winner. 2) President Trump and at least some people believe that the election was stolen from Donald Trump. Does the evidence actually indicate… Continue reading Did People Steal the Election from Donald Trump?
I have a confession. In my young adult life, conspiracy theories were my hobby. One of my all-time favorite shows is the X-Files. The premise of the show is that there is a government conspiracy to hide the existence of extraterrestrials. Adventures with Conspiracy Theories I am still not totally sure if I believe in… Continue reading Do You Tend Towards Conspiracy Theories?
Recently people have raised concerns about possible mail-in voter fraud during the recent election. Are concerns about mail-in voting legitimate? In this post, I will argue that such concerns are unnecessary. This is the third post in a series about the elections and whether concerns over their legitimacy are valid concerns. Other Posts in This… Continue reading Are Concerns about Mail-In Voting Legitimate?
Here is a brief, tragic, and important history lesson, and it relates to your life today, I promise: In the mid-1800s, Ireland was struck by the now-infamous potato blight. It had devastating consequences on the Irish population. (You can find all of this information about the Irish Potato Famine and the immigration patterns associated with… Continue reading What the Irish Potato Famine and Weird Rumors Can Teach Us about Elections Today
This post is about something I call a My Guy Bias, which is a thinking problem anyone can develop personally or politically. It's really common and causes a lot of suffering. Our Attachments Human beings form strong emotional attachments to people. This trait can be good because it often helps us develop loving and loyal… Continue reading Do You Have a “My Guy Bias”? Is it Harming You?
Voting is the heart of a democratic process that possesses integrity. Thus, in almost every election in our country, there are concerns about whether the election process is legitimate or about various forces that could undermine its legitimacy. For example, as you probably recall, in the 2016 election, there were concerns that Russians had meddled… Continue reading Are Concerns about the Validity of the Elections Results Legitimate?
I am going to write a post about how I think the elections will turn out tomorrow. And that is scary because I do not have a crystal ball, and I could be wildly wrong in my prediction. I mean, I was wrong in 2016. I could be wrong again. Why I am Writing This… Continue reading How I Think the Elections Will Turn Out Tomorrow
I am writing a series of posts on the ethics of abortion. This series is based on a unit I teach in my ethics class almost every semester. You can read the first part in the series here in which I describe what ethics is; why abortion can be an ambiguous ethical issue; and why… Continue reading The Ethics of Abortion, Part #2
We have a presidential election coming up in a few weeks. Frequently when we vote for a president (or any candidate), it is easy to vote simply along party lines. If we are Republican, we vote Republican. If we are Democrat, we vote Democrat. It certainly simplifies things, and this is not always a bad… Continue reading What is Basic Presidential Competence (and Why is It Important?)
I teach two ethics classes every semester, and I consider it a privilege because in these classes I help my students develop their own moral and ethical code. My goal is not to make students believe the way I believe. Rather, my goal is to help them understand the basics of good moral and ethical… Continue reading The Ethics of Abortion, Part #1