Political Rhetoric Done Right

Almost no one gets political rhetoric right. Candidates spend millions on polling, focus testing, A/B testing, and engaging in every other conceivable way to narrow rhetoric into quantifiable pieces, and yet very rarely does a politician have the ability to...

Socialism is a Dirty Word

For now, Democrats control the Presidency and both chambers of congress. Many progressives hoped to quickly pass ambitious legislation in 2021, but that didn’t happen. It probably won’t happen in 2022, either. There’s one thing standing in the way of passing...

Trust the Experts: Why Appeals to Authority Make Sense

I wrote this at the beginning of the pandemic. It has missed its relevancy window to be published so it will remain here in the archives. Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the spring rains I have recently had an inordinate amount of free time on my hands. While this...