Thoughts on Politics

  1. Politics and the English Language

    “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

  2. The Righteous Mind

    Morality is more than just right and wrong: its the evolutionary result of a range of competing moral intuitions. The failure to appreciate this is a major cause of political partisanship and deadlock.

  3. The Three Languages of Politics

    The language we use to talk about politics works unconsciously to make up our minds for us.

  4. The Politics of Worry

    In debates over whether or not we should have the freedom to choose something, we suffer from forgetting that there's a third option: the freedom from having to choose.

  5. The House I Live In

    When a system persists despite repeated failure at its stated purpose, look at what it actually succeeds in doing to understand why it's allowed to endure.

  6. The Outlaw Sea

    In a world that's never before been so civilized, there remains something deeply wild about the sea.

  7. Idiot America

    America has always had a healthy anti-intellectual streak, but making that fringe mainstream is proving disastrous.

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