Confirmation Bias, Hidden Agendas, and the Challenges of Conversation

A blog post and resulting Twitter exchange point to a larger problem in our political dialog.

Reflections on the Passing of Will Moore

When a prominent political scientist committed suicide yesterday, I was deeply struck by how much he was like not only me but most of the people in my professional circle.

Meh Hillary

It has become necessary to destroy the party in order to save it.

The Republican Party Jumps the Shark

In the immortal words of the Fonz, I was wr-wr-wr-wr . . . not exactly right.

The End of the Republican Party As We Know It?

Ronald Reagan famously claimed, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” I’m going through the process in reverse.

No, the US is not on the Verge of a Multi-Party System

We will have a two party system for the foreseeable future.

Internet Hoaxes Can’t Be Debunked Anymore

People don’t much care whether information supporting their prejudices is true.

Bill Cosby vs. Ben Roethlisberger

Chris Rock wants us to remember that Bill Cosby isn’t the only celebrity accused of rape.

Police Are Not Soldiers; Our Communities Are Not War Zones

We should not tolerate them acting otherwise.

Shut Up, He Explained

Shutting down rational debate one meme at a time.

The Government-Liberty Connection: Hobbes

An ongoing set of considerations on the relationship between liberty and government.

A Qualified Yes to a Constitutional Convention

Some thoughts on reform.

Rich Kids Go to Elite Colleges, Becoming Rich Adults

The economics of higher education is increasing the gap between rich and poor.

Bourbon Snobbery

The noted wine critic Robert Parker recently forayed into reviewing bourbon and came under intense fire from enthusiasts of American whiskey.

Shooting Sprees vs Organized Terrorist Attacks

We treat violence by lone individuals differently than organized violence. Race, religion, and national origin have nothing to do with that.

The Army’s Leadership Problem

Tim Kane continues his campaign against the US military’s antiquated personnel system.

Administrative Bloat at America’s Colleges and Universities

One major factor in the skyrocketing cost of a college education in America is a huge increase in overhead costs.

A Map Is Worth A Thousand Votes

Democrats are approaching an “Electoral College lock.” Republicans are trying to pick it.

Man Bemoans Selfish Women Not Having Enough Kids

Ross Douthat says American women should stop being decadent and have more babies, explaining that raising children is easier than it used to be, so there’s really no excuse for women to be so selfish.

More on Voter ID

Another study shows that voter ID laws negatively affect a lot of Americans.

What is “Constitutional”?

What does the US Constitution actually provide in terms of guidance for governance?

When Douchebaggery Goes Viral

The Internet is public and forever. But maybe it shouldn’t be.

Conservative ‘Race War’ Meme

The people who gave us the “war on Christmas” are now touting an upsurge on black-on-white crime.

Whites Now Minority of American Births: So What?

White babies now constitute slightly less than half of American births.

Are Today’s College Students Dumber and Lazier?

The Wall Street Journal publishes a screed aimed at those about to graduate college.

Teaching the Federalist Papers

If we taught the Federalist Papers more rigorously would that lead to a shared view of the constitution?

All Facts Are Not Created Equal

Our psychological and cultural biases make evaluating information and arguments rationally next to impossible.

Where Have the Thoughtful Conservatives Gone?

OTB’s comment section as a microcosm of the American political landscape.

Lying About the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy

Should you lie to your kids about holiday fantasy characters?

Are You An Almost Alcoholic?

A new book would classify most of us who consume alcohol as “almost alcoholics.”

Dumb Jocks and Student-Athlete Propaganda

The student-athlete fairytale is true. Except where you would reasonable expect it to be a lie.

Newt, the Trayvon Martin Shooting, and Race

Solutions come from understanding, not denial or political posturing

Murder or Self-Defense: Florida Case Raises Questions

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin met on the night of February 27th. Martin died, and a firestorm has erupted.

Military’s Lock-Step Promotion System

The military promotion system does not reward top performers rapidly enough.

Kimberly Webb Joyner, 1970 to 2011

My wife, Kimberly Webb Joyner, died this morning in her sleep from unknown causes. She was 41.

Police Violence and Perpetual War

Why we shouldn’t be surprised that police are using tools of violence against protestors.

Obama’s Millionaire’s Tax

President Obama is proposing a special tax rate for millionaires.

Education Colleges Academic Slums

Schools of education attract the weakest students and give out the highest grades on campus.

Racial Gerrymandering and Idiots

Cynthia Tucker regrets her support for majority-minority districts.

California Must Release 40,000 Prisoners

Prisons can be so overcrowded as to constitute cruel and inhuman punishment.

Terry Jones and What We’re Fighting For

The duty to defend “hateful, extremely disrespectful, and enormously intolerant” expression.

Political Vitriol and Political Violence

The relationships between inflammatory rhetoric and political violence is complicated.

Why America’s Best Officers Are Leaving

The American military personnel system works against keeping the best and brightest officers in the service.

Obama’s Citizenship and the Chain of Command

Civilian control of the military means, oddly, that civilians control the military. And it means precisely that the military does not get to decide which civilians run the country.

Parking Space Economics

Free parking is a very inefficient use of land resources that wouldn’t exist without government mandates and subsidies. Is it time to end the practice?

Conservative Media Bias

Conservatives have long complained about liberal media bias. But conservative media seems to be much worse.

Daily Kos Suing Former Polling Partner

Markos Moulitsas gets a lesson in caveat emptor from his former pollster.

Military Sodomy Ban Under Review

Having long since gotten rid of rum and the lash, I suppose this day was inevitable.

Meritocracy’s Limits

America may be the land of opportunity but it helps to have a head start in the rat race.

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