Are government programs good or bad for citizen independence?

A common criticism of Republicans is that Democratic government programs create more dependence and less independence. Republicans value independence, therefore they oppose such programs because they believe government programs disincentivize people. This is a plausible argument, on the surface at least. But not only is this an extremely cynical reading of human nature, it completely … Continue reading Are government programs good or bad for citizen independence?

In Conversation: Antonin Scalia

Wow. The New York Magazine interview between Jennifer Senior and Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonin Scalia highlights the link between his very literal, ultra-conservative thinking on Catholicism and his Constitutional textualism and originalism. This is a man who’s obviously extremely smart, yet somehow has this massive blind spot in his intellectual and ethical development thanks … Continue reading In Conversation: Antonin Scalia

People don’t trust mainstream journalism because it has forgotten how to even aspire to present reality

New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen has written an enlightening essay titled “The Quest for Innocence and the Loss of Reality in Political Journalism”. It’s an academic’s way of saying the news is kinda fatuous because often news organizations strive too hard to be ‘objective’ in a way that misses the point – they … Continue reading People don’t trust mainstream journalism because it has forgotten how to even aspire to present reality