The so-called "paradox of voting" is that since there is (just about) no way that any of us will ever, ever, ever be the deciding vote in an election, that it is a little bit weird that we vote at all. Voting produces government office-holders, but our own personal, individual vote could be subtracted out … Continue reading Why Vote?
Well, I have a new (my first) article out in the latest issue of Political Research Quarterly. The subject of the article is John Locke's understanding of human equality. I plan on writing at least a couple of blog posts on the major ideas from the article, which I would like to make as accessible … Continue reading Human Equality, Part 1
Trump's Wall is similar to JFK's call to put a man on the moon. It is big, it is ambitious, and it is declared in the face of tremendous skepticism. It promises a great sense of accomplishment for our nation, a great act of self-assertion. Gingrich last time around tried something like this in proposing … Continue reading Trump and the Wall
The United States has just discovered in its Constitution the right to gay marriage. So, this raises the question: what does it mean to discover a right? This immense national event having many dimensions, I'm going to dance around several things here, beginning with the concerns over constitutional democracy. My confession is that I'm basically now stuck … Continue reading “Discovering” the Right to Gay Marriage
About a month ago I posted 5 Reasons to Get Political. I've been really pleased with the response to that post. It turns out a suspicion of mine was correct -- that many people want to get political, but feel like it isn't their thing -- that they wouldn't be good at it, or might embarrass themselves. … Continue reading Should We Be Citizens or Radicals?
This year there seems to be a stronger public emphasis on distinguishing what Memorial Day is about (remembering the sacrifice of Americans fallen in war) from Veterans Day, and to appreciate Memorial Day's seriousness and gravity. I'm inspired by everyone out there collectively doing this. As we remember the fallen, it also seems like an important time to reflect on our … Continue reading Memorial Day and Our Politics
Plenty of conservatives are strongly critical of George W. Bush and the Iraq war, and today they are going after Jeb Bush for supporting his brother and the war he started.