It’s been awhile since I last spouted off about political philosophy, but something recently reminded me and I remembered a Radical Moderate topic I wanted to bring up some time: the evils of fallacies. A quick recap of my Radical Moderate philosophy revolving around recognizing what I call The Syllogism when I see it at … More The Wages of Fallacy
Not many people remember that Patrick Henry, the fiery American patriot and founder who famously declared “Give me liberty, or give me death!” opposed the United States Constitution which replaced the Articles of Confederacy. He believed it gave too many powers to the proposed government and in particular to its Chief Executive. A revolutionary who’d … More The Direct End of Government
Is being radically moderate the same as being moderately radical? In any case, I feel impelled to put on my Radical Moderate hat again. Not to say anything radical and new, just to again register my dismay at what Hashtag Activism is doing to our society and conversations. Hashtag activism: A term coined by media … More Hashtag Activism and The Modern Mob.
An article claims that, when asked “How often do you think news sources report news they know to be fake, false or purposely misleading?”, 72% of respondents said A lot/sometimes. The article about the survey is headlined: 92 Percent of Republicans Think Media Intentionally Reports Fake News. It’s become a joke. You’re riding in a … More I Feel a Social Commentary Coming On.
It’s happened again, and will happen again. And we mourn, and then we fight over what to do about it. On one side, many voices call for gun bans and confiscations of specific classes of guns. They read from the Gospel of the New York Times: “America’s elected leaders offer prayers for gun victims and … More Here We Are Again.
So I was going to ignore “politics” for awhile. Unfortunately, Freedom of Speech has become a hot social issue… I know, right? This is America, and we’ve got this little sentence in our founding legal contract. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the … More Congress Shall Make No Law.
So this is it. The end of another year. And I’ve got to admit, I can’t remember one when we have been more divided as a community (I’m speaking of my American readers here). The 2016 Election was the most rancorous election cycle in living memory. The two major parties and their electorates increasingly view … More Imagine. Please.
I went to sleep last night with the election undecided. I woke up this morning to learn that Donald Trump had won. I also woke up to find half the country losing its mind. I did not vote for Trump. I am a constitutional conservative/classical liberal, yet despite the fact that a Hillary Administration would … More The Radical Moderate 6: Chill, Everyone.
“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” (H. L. Mencken) I promised myself I was going to let this election season go by without putting my political opinion out there. Because it really doesn’t matter what I think. Alas, I find it … More The Radical Moderate 5: “Choose! Choose the form of the Destructor!”
“The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles. Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch, and I don’t like anybody very much!” (The Merry Minuet, by The Kingston Trio) I remember hearing The Merry Minuet on the radio as a teen, and laughing about … More Fake Hate.