More on the lockdown debate

It’s been a bumpy ride on the COVID-19 train over the last couple of months.  First it was possibly nothing, then it was the end of the world. Then as the lockdowns bit hard and more reliable data came out of our own experience with NYC and other US locales, doubts began to surface again.  … Read more

I think this would help the public’s Coronavirus lockdown response

The next month is going to tell us whether or not the coronavirus will have a devastating human toll in our society.  If not the next month, then the next year will definitely answer it. Is this the next Spanish flu, or just the flu, or something in between (but obviously we all hope, more … Read more

I Changed My Mind On School Funding

I took the time to look more closely into the details of how schools are funded in the US.  I did this mostly out of curiosity about how local funding for schools (via property taxes) actually works, and what alternatives there might be.  I have heard that local funding contributes to differences in outcomes between … Read more

What If Each State Handled It’s Own Healthcare?

This is the first article to follow up on the general articles about federal distribution of powers and talk about a specific example.  That example is healthcare. Healthcare is a big problem in the United States – the cost is high, access isn’t universal (though it isn’t quite as bad as we sometimes think), and … Read more

Keeping State And Federal Separation Healthy

In our last article we talked about the importance of a federal division of power.  How do we judge the health and degree of such a division? One aspect of this is the formal constitutional division.  Many countries have some kind of special-case federal devolution of power that is a political tradition or concession, but … Read more

Why Is A Federal System So Important?

There are many different ways of organizing a government.  In this case I don’t mean the choice about how to structure voting, or whether to have a democracy versus some other form.  I mean how power is distributed between different parts of the government. All governments, for example, divide responsibilities for different areas of government … Read more

The Role Of Fear And Identity In Uncertain Times

I think it’s important to understand how politics can be driven by fear.  That’s a common criticism of politics, but dismissing something as fear-driven is an easy way out that isn’t justified.  Fear-driven politics is a very normal thing and contrary to those who dismiss it, it’s very rational. It has a lot to do … Read more

What Scares Me About The American Left

I have become more and more uneasy with some of the manifestations of the modern left in America – identity politics, the campus PC culture, privilege theory, flirtation with far-left economic policies. Supporters say they are fighting for equality and justice.  I believe most are sincere and actually believe that they really are fighting for … Read more

Understanding Why Pacifism Is A Fallacy

Pacifism is the idea that violence is inherently wrong. Sometimes it is also expressed as the idea that ‘violence doesn’t solve anything’ or that violence creates more violence. This is sort of a perversion of the old ‘live by the sword, die by the sword’ wisdom. This is expressed individually by being afraid of conflict, … Read more

Discussing Some Drivers Of Voter Participation

Our society is founded on the idea that the government’s legitimacy stems from its representation of what the majority of the population wants. We express this through elections in which the population chooses the representatives whom they trust most to do this. This is why voter participation is an important concept. Voter participation is the … Read more

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