Be afraid. Be very afraid -- of what we might do to ourselves. Thus far, we've had American politicians suggest: Stopping completely the trivial number of Syrian refugees accepted by the US (specifically including "orphans under 5.") Banning Syrian refugees from their state (x31). Shutting [...]
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Nothing is quite as frustrating as a dodgy claim you’ve fallen for yourself. For me, “abortion is only 3% of what Planned Parenthood does” is one of those claims. Granted, it's possible to add and divide some numbers to get 3%, but this statistic is misleading (and meaningless) for at least three [...]
Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of the polling company Gallup, published an opinion piece this week denouncing the official unemployment rate of 5.6% as a "big lie." It's a lie, he says, repeated to make the Obama administration look good and deceive Americans about the economy. "The media loves a [...]
Recently Cathy published a piece at the Center For a Stateless Society titled "The New Oligarchs," in which she argues that U.S. economy has become increasingly calcified, unequal, and immobile, with a new rentier class of financial oligarchs. It's a provocatively pessimistic article, but there are [...]
Both sides in the debate over global warming are known for calling their opposition all kinds of derisive names. Perhaps the worst is “denier” to describe those who allegedly deny that global warming is “real.” The echoes of Holocaust denial are indeed offensive, particularly because the debate [...]
Whenever I argue with conspiracy theorists, I often run into a kind of logical fallacy that I'd like to dub the ante hoc fallacy. In the post hoc, ergo propter hoc ("after this, therefore because of this") fallacy, the reasoner assumes that because one event follows another, the second was caused [...]
Following the brutal massacre at the French paper Charlie Hebdo, Yascha Mounk has posted an interesting piece over at Slate ("Europe's Brutal Truth") about the false debate in European politics between right-wing hatred of Muslim immigrants ("They must be stopped!") and left-wing denial of [...]