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. It's about the Irish Potato Famine and weird rumors, and it relates to the recent elections. A Bit about the Potato Famine 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… Continue reading The Irish, Weird Rumors, and Recent Elections
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?
This post is about whether concerns about the validity of the election results are legitimate. 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,… 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. 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 ethically ambiguous issues are difficult to think and talk about. I also explain the goal of… 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?)
This post is the first in a series of posts about the ethics of abortion. As such, it is helpful to understand what ethics, as well as morality (a related term), is. And it is also helpful to understand how ethics and legality relate to one another. These terms are related but are not identical.… Continue reading The Ethics of Abortion, Part #1
I have been setting an intention to approach politics from a place of love rather than fear. Practices like this help me.
Everyone can learn how to make a good argument. This post is about how to do that. An Experience with a Class I Teach Every semester (almost), I have a day that is the highlight of my semester. Yesterday, I had one of those days. One of the classes I am teaching this semester is… Continue reading How to Make a Good Argument