A World of Bubbles

“If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.” – John Stuart Mill


On April 28th, conservative columnist Bret Stephens published his debut opinion editorial in the New York Times. The article, partially about climate change, has led to many liberals canceling their subscription to the liberal New York Times.

Did Stephens argue that global warming is fake? No. In the article he wrote that “warming of the Northern Hemisphere since 1880 is indisputable.” Is it because he said this warming is entirely natural and we have nothing to do with it? No. He also wrote that “the human influence on that warming” is indisputable as well. What he questioned was the abundance of certainty about exactly what will happen a century from now and the tendency to say anyone who disagrees with policy proposals to slow climate change is denying science instead of opposing a political agenda.

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In Defense of Sanders… Did I Really Just Write That?

I am going to do something I never would have imagined. Less than a week after calling Senator Bernie Sanders a proto-tyrant, I now feel compelled to defend him. Yeah, I’m surprised too.

Some members of the Democrat Party have decided to attack Sanders, an admitted socialist who honeymooned in the Soviet Union, as not being far enough to the left. You read that right. It seems like this is the kind of blog post where I am going to have to periodically clarify that I am not just making this all up.

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#Science as a Weapon

Having lived and worked in the DC area for the last several years, I frequently play a game I like to call “what are those people protesting?” There is almost always somebody protesting something in our nation’s capital, and, being both politically minded and occasionally nosy, I am interested in learning what could motivate people to gather for a protest.

Last Saturday, thousands of people assembled in Washington DC and around the world. So, what were those people protesting? Well, that’s actually a harder question to answer than it should be considering it was a fairly well publicized event with its own website containing a “why we march” page.

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Socialists Are Proto-Tyrants. Every. Single. One.

Bernie Sanders is an interesting man. He is a 75 year old politician with a fan base made up of adoring teenagers and twenty-somethings. The admitted socialist is in the top 4% of American income earners (what a difference 3% can make), and claims to fight for the poor and downtrodden from all three of his homes.

But what interests me the most about the senator from Vermont is not the glaring contradictions between his personal life and public views. I do not doubt for a second that his socialist beliefs are genuine, even if they are incongruous with his lifestyle. What interests me, and concerns me, is that his devotion to socialism is sincere.

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Originalism Is The Only Judicial Philosophy Compatible With Democracy

With Justice Gorsuch’s confirmation, there has been a lot of talk about the judicial philosophy of originalism. One thing that struck me throughout this process has been how little originalism’s critics seem to understand it. This may be because the loudest opponents to Gorsuch were either politicians with no interest in accurately portraying the opposition, or trolls who live in the bowels of internet ignorance.

A favorite argument of these people is that an originalist judge views black Americans as 3/5 of a person. The only explanation I can come up with for this viewpoint is that they wore shock collars set to go off anytime they had a credible thought. There is simply no way anyone could speak to someone with even a passing familiarity of originalism and come away with that belief.

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MSNBC Goes Off the Deep End with Russian Conspiracy Theory

In 2003, Megan McArdle coined the axiom known as Jane’s Law. It reads: “The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane.” I am not sure Republicans are united enough to be smug and arrogant, but some Democrats are working hard to live up to their side of Jane’s Law.

On his show Friday night, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell suggested that perhaps Russian dictator Vladimir Putin ordered Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to drop poison gas on his own people. Why? Stay with me here – he argues Putin ordered Assad to gas his own people so that Trump could bomb Syria to distract from the investigation that would prove Trump is also a puppet of Putin. Yes, he suggested that Putin “conspired to kill people as a way of helping the image of the President of the United States.” That’s bat guano crazy.

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