Monthly Archives: February 2016

Fair Questions: Is Donald Trump a man who cannot be bought?

I’ve seen it bandied about by friends who support Donald Trump’s candidacy and other supporters of his that an important argument in favor of voting for him is that he can’t be bought, that unlike other politicians he has too … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being Criticized

Previously, I’ve written about the importance of being offended, specifically the importance of being willing to learn from the experience of being offended rather than becoming trapped in self-righteous anger.  Recent events at the Republican Presidential debate have brought it … Continue reading

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Fair Questions: When should sexting be a crime?

Recently, I read an excellent piece in the Atlantic about sexting among high-schoolers.  It was of particular interest to me because I remember when sexting (meaning texting nude photos to someone romantically interested) started to become a more common thing. … Continue reading

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The Comey Question

Recently, James Comey, the current Director of the FBI, made some comments regarding the now infamous case of FBI v. Apple.  But his comment about how this was the most difficult question he had ever seen in government wasn’t the … Continue reading

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Fair Questions: What is a civil libertarian?

A long time ago, a friend posed the question: What is a libertarian?  My answer had to cover a lot of ground because there are many different branches on the tree of liberty, or less metaphorically, many different perspectives as … Continue reading

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Fair Questions: How can we stifle the outrage culture?

I’ve been concerned about outrage culture for quite a while, because I recognize that it makes it almost impossible to actually resolve social problems.  The many, many people who perpetuate outrage culture generally don’t think that they’re doing anything wrong. … Continue reading

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Fair Questions: Is Bernie Sanders a democratic socialist?

Recently, there have been some folks pointing out that Bernie Sanders doesn’t seem to be a socialist.  I’ve heard this claim from both my friends who would like it if he was a socialist and from those who would not … Continue reading

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