A Primer on Congressional Behavior

Whatever your political alignment, you’ve likely bemoaned many issues with the country today; issues that seemingly can’t be solved by uncoordinated actions of individuals. This impulse is understandable. It comes from a place of empathy: we see the suffering of others and want to stop it, but are powerless to do so on our own. […]

The Economic Fallacies of Star Trek

I’ve seen every major Star Trek movie and watched every episode of every series (save the original) at least twice. I played a text-based Star Trek online role-playing game for the better parts of three years in high school. (The game required me to log at least 20 hours per week or face potential punishment.) […]

Gelinas on the MTA’s Woes

If you live in New York and think that the subways have been awful this year, it’s not just you: “The MTA’s Escalating Cost Crisis”: Nicole Gelinas (Manhattan Institute) As Gelinas explains, the MTA has grown its revenue both through increased volume/fares and through a more comprehensive tax-support structure. The former is evident to any […]

How to Survive the Trump Presidency

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and […]

The Virtues of Pluralism in America

INTRODUCTION 2016 was a toxic year for politics. According to a Public Religion Research Institute study, 13% of people blocked/unfriended/stopped following someone on social media because of a politics post after the election. I experienced 2016 in San Francisco, a county in which Hillary Clinton won an astounding 85% of the vote, as well as […]

2016 a Wasted Opportunity for the Republic

Shortly after the delegates emerged from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, a woman approached Benjamin Franklin and asked him what sort of government the convention had decided upon. Franklin’s prescient response: “A republic, if you can keep it.” While our government is often erroneously referred to as a democracy, it is in fact a democratic […]

Fight Against Terrorism, ctd.

In response to Tuesday’s GOP presidential debate, I wrote a Facebook post that essentially said Republicans were lying to the American public about the actual danger of terrorism. (Full disclosure: I’m a libertarian, but forced to pick between a random Republican and Democrat, I’d take the Republican.) My sister texted me later that day asking […]