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The Lax Logic of Libertarians

(7) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 12:06 PM

"There's... a thin line between promoting virtue and tyranny," proclaims Ed Luce, Washington bureau chief of The Financial Times. This abuse of terms reveals deep errors in popular ideas about liberty that are unrealistic and free of data. Crucial questions are misframed by pitting J.S. Mill and free-market...

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Love Might Be Blind, but She Is Rarely Deaf

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 4:20 PM

Love might be blind, but she is rarely deaf: Language and love have always been intimately entangled. Indeed Darwin believed love was one of the main reasons we have language and why it's so witty and ornamental.

Shakespeare, about three centuries before Darwin extended the connection, wrote, "If music...

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We the Forgetful People

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 11:04 AM

"We the people," President Obama rightly judged, need to be reminded of what we means, and of what binds us to each other as a nation. But in his second inaugural address, he wrongly judged that flaunting a few of our easier founding phrases would get the job...

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New Year and Old Yearnings

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 5:11 PM

Every New Year, old yearnings to live better are reborn. We face up to the easily foreseeable and undesirable future our bad habits will bring. So we remake rational resolutions to be more virtuous. But virtues aren't much valued nowadays. They are seen as unfashionable relics or irrational religious restrictions....

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History of Political Idiots

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 3:02 PM

The word "political" now often means behaving like an idiot. A current example and the history of the words "political" and "idiot" might help us stop this madness.

"Political" now frequently describes seeking advantage for your favored part of the people, even if that harms the nation. As well...

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Whiny Tiny-Minded Titans & Loophole Logic

(16) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 5:15 PM

Here's what President Obama should have told CEOs, after the press left his recent Business Roundtable meeting: Too many of you are whiny, tiny-minded, titans. You might all be great job-creators and "makers" but too many of you are also "takers." It's time you quit whining about how...

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Wealthy Should Give Thanks for Their Welfare Benefits

(25) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 4:42 PM

This holiday I hope many of the wealthy will give thanks for the benefits they get from welfare. But it's more likely they will continue to ignore, or be ungrateful for, what government does for them -- for the taxpayer-funded programs they rely on to pad their profits and lower...

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Good Rich, Bad Rich

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 3:32 PM

The rich are mostly as replaceable as you or I. Keeping that in mind can help kill a key logical error that weakens the country. Speaker Boehner and his supporters love to say the rich deserve their success because they are strong. So surely that should mean the rich are...

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Prehistoric Politics & Today's Teams & Taxes

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 5:20 PM

Prehistoric politics can teach us how to prevent present-day errors. Human survival has been a team sport for 10,000 generations. It still is. But too many political ideas now hide that once self-evident truth.

A chain of team logic is anchored deep in our pre-history and runs through the historic...

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