Too often the debate between whether capitalism or socialism is better boils down to religious-like convictions of blind faith and sanctimonious moralization. However, rather than pick a side based on which one sounds philosophically more righteous, we should be starting with what we can think of as the closest thing to an objectively good consequence, … Continue reading Socialism evil? Capitalism immoral? How do we decide which is better?
Do the COVID-19 vaccines work? Are the vaccines dangerous, and if so, are they more or less dangerous than COVID-19 itself? Given the costs and benefits, the risks and rewards, should we get vaccinated? The answers to these questions can easily be answered by looking at the data, but the relevant data is rarely present … Continue reading Deaths, Myopericarditis, and Efficacy: COVID-19 Vs. Vaccines in the USA
So, I just finished the Chappelle show special, The Closer, that I have seen all the headlines about. I heard about it from my wife first, and she was having difficulty deciding what to think of it and how much to believe of what she had heard (neither of us had seen it at that … Continue reading Was Chappelle’s Recent Netflix Comedy Special Transphobic Bigotry? No, It Wasn’t
There are a lot of reasons tax isn’t theft. The quickest and least satisfying answer is that theft is by definition illegal, and taxes are by definition legal in most countries that I know of. In the US, Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution gives the Federal government the legal right and ability to … Continue reading Tax Doesn’t Equal Theft, but if It Did, the Point Is Still Irrelevant
The pandemic has long been absurdly and grotesquely politicized when it never should have been. In early 2020 you could not reliably predict what political party someone was part of based their position on the virus. On February 24, 2020, Nancy Pelosi was strolling Chinatown in San Francisco, encouraging other people to do the same, … Continue reading The Non-Partisan Facts of the Coronavirus Pandemic – 2021 Update
The hot topic as of late has been Critical Race Theory (CRT). It’s the boogie-man that right-wingers use to malign everything Democrats do, and to proponents it’s the best way to end racism. Republican states are banning it from schools, and advocates are writing books like How to Be an Antiracist and White Fragility. But … Continue reading Critical Race Theory: What It Is, What’s Wrong With It, What’s Right With It
“Orange man” is bad: While many criticize Trump for bad reasons, there is a mountain of good reasons
Most of the time when you see “orange man bad” it is by a Trump supporter and/or apologist using it to imply that you blindly hate Trump, and that this blind hate is just motivated by partisanship and tribalism. While this can sometimes be true of a Trump-hater, this is most often a hollow accusation … Continue reading “Orange man” is bad: While many criticize Trump for bad reasons, there is a mountain of good reasons
Some level of inequality is inevitable and perhaps even desirable. People aren’t equally skilled, equally smart, equally motivated, or equally hard-working. These are facts of life that will never change. Unequal outcomes must be possible in order to incentivize people to work hard and innovate, and these outcomes must be sufficiently divergent enough to make … Continue reading Wealth Inequality: What’s Wrong With It, What Isn’t, and How To Address It
Inequality is real and is a problem. The wealthiest people are benefiting disproportionately more than the average American worker from increases in national economic prosperity. But we don’t need to exaggerate this fact for the sake of stoking extra outrage. Doing so is not only dishonest, but it also makes people less likely to listen … Continue reading The Pay Gap Is Real, But Not This Bad: Capitalism Is Raising Most Boats
One of the most common claims from anti-nuclear people aimed at nuclear power is that it is too expensive, usually implying that there is something fundamentally endemic to nuclear power that makes it expensive. They always exclusively cite Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), and they almost exclusively focus on costs in the USA. This approach … Continue reading Nuclear Is Economically Non-Viable?
No, he isn’t. You’re welcome. This whole question is just the common dime-a-dozen partisan tactic that’s been around since the beginning where one party blames each and every perceived bad thing on the current president if that president is of the other party. People seem to think as though presidents even have the power to … Continue reading Biden To Blame For Gas Price Increase?
In my advocacy of nuclear energy, I focus on traditional nuclear energy because it is already better than non-nuclear energy generation methods in most ways. Nuclear power plants we built in the 80s and have modestly updated since are already superior. If a person cannot be convinced of this fact, I doubt they care about … Continue reading Nuclear Power: Why Opponents Are Wrong
When people accuse others of elitism it is usually not because they actually ran into an elitist. They usually just ran into a person smarter than them who they want to attack based on imaginary character flaws since they can’t compete on intellectual grounds. Most people swinging the accusation can’t even define elitism. Like “neoliberal” … Continue reading Am I an Elitist? Only When I Need to Fight Left and Right-Wing Populism
Why is this person conservative, why is that person liberal? For most people the answer is in the culture of the community they grew up in. If you live in small town Texas, you will almost certainly be a conservative Christian. If you grew up in the middle-class suburbs of San Fransisco you will likely … Continue reading Political Evolution: From Right, to Left, to Reason
My relationship with the ultra-woke is a bizarre one. I share the majority of their beliefs. I believe Trump is racist, I believe racism is a prominent undercurrent of the Trump movement, and I believe many of the people who support Trump are racist and/or dumb. I support LGBTQ+ rights. I support women’s rights and … Continue reading Ultra-Wokism Is a Cult and Cannot Be Reasoned With Any More Than the Trump Cult
Unbiased America is a right-wing Facebook page that became active sometime in 2013 (though may have existed as early as 2010). It seemed decent in the early years, but sometime late 2014 or early 2015 it went off the rails and mutated into a rank partisan circle-jerk no more sophisticated than any other far-right source. … Continue reading Debunking a Partisan Lie on Climate Change: Unbiased America on Sun Activity
Actually, what I believe is that Facebook has a shitty algorithm that wrongly penalizes people on the political right and left far too often, but roughly equally. Right-wingers just whine about it more because they generally have a martyr complex through which they get their rocks off by telling themselves and tribe members they are … Continue reading Facebook Is Bias Against Liberals, Not Conservatives: They Went After Me, a Liberal
Motivated Dumb People With Good Intentions Are a Serious Obstacle to Solving Many of Today’s Real Problems
“What’s wrong with the world? What prevents us from living a utopia?” The variety of answers would be as large as the number of people asked the question. Yet, I bet you could fit all those answers into one of two categories: either people are too stupid, or people are too evil. Look at any … Continue reading Motivated Dumb People With Good Intentions Are a Serious Obstacle to Solving Many of Today’s Real Problems
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