Tag Archives: James Hanley

Jason Brennan’s Against Democracy

Months after misplacing it, I have finally found and finished reading Jason Brennan’s Against Democracy. I want to record a few notes on his argument for Epistocracy. First, a fundamental foundation of his argument is that people deserve competent government. … Continue reading

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The Coming Presidential Tyranny: Maybe Trump, Maybe Later, but Coming Ever Closer

This screed is a response to a friend’s Facebook post. He linked to the article The Republic Conquered: On America Entering the Post-Democratic Era, with a warning to conservatives to set down their coffee while reading it “unless you enjoy … Continue reading

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Even Absentee Votes Are Counted

There’d a weird rumor going around, particularly among conservatives it appears, that absentee ballots are not counted unless a race is close enough for them to make a difference. I find it odd that conservatives of all people seem so … Continue reading

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Liberals, Trump, and the Anti-hero

Liberals are wondering how anyone could have voted for Trump. No single answer explains it all, but here’s what I think is part of it. Liberals, not alone, love their comic book anti-heroes, the guy who rejects the establishment and … Continue reading

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Gary Johnson’s Narrow Path to a Likely Loss in the House

The #neverhillary/#nevertrump crowd is looking closely at Gary Johnson’s prospects for breaking through as a third party president. Everyone agrees they are slim, but many think it’s not impossible. My conclusion is that it’s not that implausible for Johnson to … Continue reading

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A Non-partisan Argument Against Justice Obama

Hillary Clinton, never one to miss an opportunity to pander, told a prospective Iowa voter that he had “a great idea,” in suggesting she appoint Obama to the Supreme Court. It’s a terrible idea, and that has nothing to do … Continue reading

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Trump’s Democrats

[cross-posted at Hit Coffee] While many Democrats are eager to deny that Trump is drawing support from their party, the data show a different story. That data also reveals the falsity of the pretense that Republican party leaders could somehow … Continue reading

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Three Thoughts on Obama’s Interview

In an attempt to look like a legitimate newssource, BuzzFeed’s editor in chief finagled an interview with POTUS himself. Herewith, three thoughts in response to what the President said. 1. [T]here is no reason for an employer who is not … Continue reading

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Stakes on a Plane

I’m heading to Belize in 18 days with my students, and we’re taking two tents. I’m also hoping to avoid checking a bag, so I’d like to put the tents in our carry-on luggage. But while I’m sure the tents … Continue reading

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Can Everybody Please Just Shut Up Already?

You’d think by now that Republican politicians would realize that downplaying rape by focusing on the resulting babies is a bad combination of stepping in shit and putting your foot in your mouth. But West Virginia State Delegate Brian Kurcaba … Continue reading

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