Category Archives: Activism

The Behavioral Theory on which the US Constitution was Based Has Been Overturned

People used to think that humans could generally be counted on to act rationally in their own best interests. This idea is generally called something like the Standard Economic Model, but the cognitive science of the past few decades has blown this idea out of the water, beyond any hope of return. We now know better—that people frequently think, decide, believe, and act in ways that are irrational, and that end up being against their own best interests.

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When They First Set Off the Bomb

When they first set off the bomb,
They were not completely certain
That the chain reaction would stop
Before it had destroyed the whole world.
But they gave it a whirl, and we may now infer,
By the facts that I have sat here writing this
And that you are sitting there reading it,
That their explosion did indeed
Have its natural limits.

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With His Head Laid on the Block

With his head laid on the block of public service
And the axe within the easy reach of the crowd
He dares to speak a truth that is sure to be
Met with apathy, delight, terror, and rage
By the factions who stand before him,
As depends on their dispositions—
And most of them not the fans
Of truth that they assume
Themselves to be.
But truth is his
Philosophy
And here
He is.

After Roe v. Wade: Back to the Raging Sea of Federalism

It was never supposed to be an easy ride. The various states, each with their own quirks and personalities and goals, had agreed to join together, but only for limited purposes—banding together mostly to protect their rights from violators within and without the Union. They were not signing up in order to give away their routine powers of self-rule to a central government. Each would continue to rule its own affairs, except when it came to those limited purposes behind the Union. As summarized in the Preamble to our Constitution, those purposes were these:

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13 Simple Steps to Culling the Gun Control Memes

ITEMS NEEDED: Large table, printer, paper, trash can.

Sorting through the multitude of gun control memes can be overwhelming. So I suggest culling out the ones that cheat, so that you can focus on the best ones. Here are 13 easy steps to clear the table of all but the best gun control ideas.

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