In Defense Of a Combative Liberalism

Welcome to the moral basement, folks. For those of us who keep up with news (and in this case, even most of us who don’t), the images and audios of our collective failure at the border have, in recent days, come home to roost. To turn on CNN last night was to stare into the face... 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 →

Mitt Romney Should Primary Trump In 2020

Partially in service of maintaining my own reputation, and partly because it’s the truth, I’ve fallen into the habit of characterizing my family as “Mitt Romney Republicans” when describing their political beliefs. That's because my parents— like many other God-fearing Republicans — recently arrived at the woeful realization that the political tent they once called home has been uprooted, and is... Continue Reading →

The Senate Is a Bullshit Institution

Given the sheer volume of radioactive political waste currently flooding the American body politic, I find it is increasingly tempting to settle for a kind of lazy criticism of the whole charade. Simply put, the experience of having your basic sensibilities exist in a state of perennial assault – day in and day out, by... Continue Reading →

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