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Peace is Piecework


The last fourteen years of American politics are said to be the most divisive since the pre-Civil War era. Having paid attention to the news over these difficult years, this seems fairly accurate to me. I see a unique opportunity...More


Money Madness: Why and How College Athletes Should be Paid


Free markets and college football. Deeply embedded into the sociocultural fabric of American life, these two time-honored traditions are incompatible. Why is scandalous headline after scandalous headline born from the act of receiving compensation for working hard, an act that...More


Defending the One Percent


It seems puzzling that Harvard University would grant tenure, let alone appoint someone to be the chairman of its economics department, who fundamentally doesn't believe in economics. But there it is, all spelled out in a much talked about new...More


Netflix’s "House of Cards" a Needed Distraction


Admittedly, I’ve slowed down on my consumption of news since I was hired to direct a nonprofit in January. At first, I tried to keep up with current affairs, pretending I had as much energy for it as I did...More


Dreams of a Nation, Needs an Education


Children even in poverty-stricken areas go to bed at night dreaming about what they want to be. They dream of being firefighters, police officers, doctors, presidents and even super heroes. The hunger and poverty they have known all their short...More


Right Wing Takes Aim at Public Education


How sad -- and suicidal - that conservatives have decided to declare open warfare on public education. In a previous life, I played a minor role as speechwriter and special assistant to our state's Secretary of Education during the development...More


The Texas Republican Party platform: Creationism, denialism, “health freedom,” and “vaccine choice”


And now for something completely different. Except that it isn’t really. I say that it isn’t really different because, although this post will seem to be about politics, in reality it will be about a common topic on this blog:...More


Religion and Elections


Back in December, 2010 a Gallup Poll revealed that approximately 40% of Americans believe that god created man exactly as we are now about 10,000 years ago. Literally. Not as a fable. Not as allegory. Literally. Another 38% accept that...More


A well informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will [Pharyngula]


Both Andrew Sullivan and Kevin Drum are wrong, but I think Drum is infuriatingly wrong. They’re arguing over a statistic, the observation that about 46% of Americans believe the earth is 6000 years old and that a god created human...More


The health freedom fighters attack [Respectful Insolence]


If there’s one thing shared in common among nearly all advocates of pseudoscience, it is the belief that they know The Truth. More importantly, they know The Truth, and The Powers That Be don’t want you to know The Truth...More