Notes on Political Polarization

  I spent a good amount of time this summer attempting to answer the following question: What causes societies with normal/expected ideology distributions -- represented by the green curve shown in Figure 1 -- to become polarized enough to fit the blue curve over time? While I don't yet have a model that's prepared to... Continue Reading →

The Border Patrol Is An Unaccountable Boy’s Club

In the year 2012, 79% of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees were men. Even on its own, I found this statistic to be striking; though it became particularly so when viewed within the context of a government report listing employee demographics across agencies, wherein one finds that males make up just over half the federal workforce generally.... Continue Reading →

On Domestic Authoritarianism

In case you haven’t noticed, a breakaway faction of the Republican party is currently enjoying its day in the political sun here in the U.S. And for those of us who value the continued existence of our constitutional system, and democracy at large, things have seemed, well… more than a little bit bleak, in recent... Continue Reading →

The Most Important Political Divisions In 2018

These lines of nonpartisan political division separate American citizens into three categories: Hobbits, Hooligans, and Vulcans (Brennan, 2016). Political philosopher Jason Brennan first articulated these categories in his 2016 book Against Democracy, and here, I loosely employ the concept to help illustrate how American citizens, as political agents, fall in terms of their potential to be serious... Continue Reading →

Defense Against The Dark Arts

I remember watching Disney movies with my two kid brothers, back when I was just a little boy. I loved those films, and think about them fondly to this day. The thing that I remember most about them, though, was that my favorite part of each was not the soundtrack, or the humor, or even... Continue Reading →

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