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

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

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

Why Most EU Member States Need Brexit

They need to know what happens when someone leaves. Every country in the EU has large anti-EU groups, and also just larger sections of the populace that have legitimate complains about different aspects of the structure or laws that variety by country and its situation. This is arising from the over-centralization of dozens of linguistically … Read more

Is Globalization Tearing Up The Social Contract?

In the Rust Belt America town where I grew up there are many streets named after local businessmen. These were the people that owned factories and businesses back in the time when the city had such things. In today’s world, I’m not sure many of the people who work for the businesses that remain even … Read more

Some Thoughts On The Universal Income Conversation

A ‘universal income’ is an idea that has been kicked around a lot in the last decade or so.  Exactly what it means, and most importantly how much it costs, depends on your definition. The basic idea is that each citizen should receive from the government an annual payment.  This idea is meant to have … Read more

What Are A Government’s Basic Obligations?

What are the goals of a national government? How are we to evaluate the success of a society?  This is my answer, or at least part of it. This is nationalist – I believe that nationalism has proven the only basis of government provides human rights and participation to the population, instead of just existing … Read more

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