Recent posts tagged politics


Stiff Upper Lip And All That

Just a few things as the First Tuesday In November approaches.

Malign Equivalencies

Why "they're all terrible" is the philosophy of suckers.

The Least Worst Form Of Governance

Two cheers for democracy, and all that.

Why You Can't Shame The Shameless

On the largely ineffectual ways we've grappled with the corruption of public morals.

Selecting For Stupid

Why spam scams are illiterate by design: to weed out the skeptical and keep the suckers.

Fearful Asymmetry

If I could sum up the problem of modern politics in only a few words, it would be this: the asymmetry of the motivations of the participants.

Everyone Knows Utopia Is Nowhere

On those who believe in incremental solutions -- progressive and conservative alike -- and those who believe in burning the whole house down and starting over.

Of Dark Days

None of this happened overnight. Neither will overcoming it.


Getting Better All The Time

Why Steven Pinker's encomium to an improving world falls so flat.

Paranoia The Destroyer

On how the conspiracy theory mindset stems from emotional torment.

Typing With Both Fists

On blogging while angry.

Smarts For Me But Not For Thee

On very stable geniuses and the like.


Cheap Shots Dept.

On politics in literature, again.

Change Their Minds Dept.

Let's waste less time trying to argue people out of something they were never argued into to begin with.

Politicaliterary Dept.

On politics in literature, spoken and unspoken (and a few other things).

Public Service Announcement Dept.

I hope people will not assume my silence over the last few days indicates any kind of assent to the situation unfolding around us. I've been busy with some mundane things -- my day job has put that many more...


Gimlet Eyes Dept.

Artists can be politically outspoken, but are not automatically astute for being so.

Signal Vs. Noise Dept.

If I'm not talking, it's because I'm listening. Or at least trying to.

A Narrow Beauty Dept.

it isn't political unpalatability that makes for bad art, but the narrowing of the mind that often goes with it.

I Dunno LOL Dept.

On the freedom to say "I don't know" and not be punished for it.

Larger Than Fiction Dept.

On being Trumped.

Hollow Men Dept.

"Who goes Nazi?" The hollow men, that's who.


Unindifferent Dept.

It's not that I don't care about the state of the world; it's that I'm not your soapboxer.

Fraternité Dept.

Let's not be the things we claim to hate.

Politaesthetics Dept.

Why "I don't care who wrote it, I only care if it's good" is disingenuous apoliticism.

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