A response to a TruthDig opinion piece entitled “The Media Did Not Create the Trump Phenomenon”

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_media_did_not_create_the_trump_phenomenon_20160329#14593282189891&action=collapse_widget&id=0&data= I am going to take this one point at a time. >WASHINGTON—One of the more absurd things being said about the Donald Trump phenomenon is that the media created it. For the record, we didn’t.”< This is the thesis.… Continue Reading

COP21 Optimism Has Turned Me into a Skeptic

Don’t get me wrong here. I still believe in global warming. Better said, I still believe in the overwhelming consensus among climate scientists that there is such a thing as global warming, and that human beings are the cause of… Continue Reading

Three Steps to Defeating ISIS: An Open Letter to Christians and Atheists

In light of the attacks in Paris this last Friday, it is understandable that you get worked up, even angry. The attacks were acts of violence, carnage, bloodlust, and nothing short of terror in the darkest, most horrific sense of… Continue Reading

Je suis stupide

Yes. Great. Yes. You are right. Yes. Yes. Certainly. I agree full-heartedly. The perpetrators of the attacks in Paris were Muslim. That is, indeed, an incredibly keen observation. But maybe, just maybe — you know, all other things held equal… Continue Reading

Liberté, égalité, fraternité: Don’t stand with France, stand with the survivors

First, I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the friends and families of the victims of the attack in Paris on Friday. You have my support, as do the survivors who have thankfully lived through the tragedy, and… Continue Reading

Introduction // Altruistic Symmetrism: Thoughts about the Ethics of Socio-Economics

In a grove in a forest in the middle of nowhere two near-starving humanoid beings stumble upon a meal for one. How shall they decide who gets how much? Let us assume for the sake of simplicity that these humanoids… Continue Reading