Category Archives: politics

Anarchist/antifa philosophy and tactics just a wee bit counterproductive

Attention conservative or “yes, Trump is evil, but when will the Left address the other side” people: Most people I know on the “Left” (whatever that means) want nothing to do with these idiots and have done a far better … Continue reading

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What about whataboutism?

Like a lot of bullying tools, “whataboutism” is powerful because there’s a bit of logic to it, however twisted it may be. In fact, on the meta level, it’s easy to use whataboutism to fight complaints about whataboutism. Most people … Continue reading

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How left-wing relativism begat multi-wing bullshit

(Incidentally, I’ve set up a page on this site compiling the links I find on bullshit. Nominations welcome, as you can tell from what I’ve written here, all corners of the sociopolitical fringe are welcome.) Every once in a while, … Continue reading

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Republican on Rand vs. reality

Quote of the year, at least when it comes to economics and philosophy: “I loved Ayn Rand when I was 18 — before I had children and figured out how the world really works. That’s not how it works, as … Continue reading

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“Inclusive!” “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Gay pride parade organizers in Chicago pride themselves on being inclusive. Except, apparently, in this case: Demonstrators carrying Star of David flags kicked out of Chicago Dyke March. The situation might be more complicated than you’re going to see on cable … Continue reading

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Patton Oswalt on wokeness

As usual, he says it better than I ever could, so here he is, in all his NSFW glory from one of his specials on Netflix (I think it was “Talking for Clapping”): I could not be a more committed progressive, … Continue reading

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Duke Divinity, the NYT and bad words

When I was at Duke, we had a Divinity School professor named Stanley Hauerwas who was legendary for his iconoclastic theology and his profanity. (He only recently retired.) One day, The Chronicle wrote something about his most recent controversy. I … Continue reading

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