Category: General

Facts don't change our minds.

12/22/19 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
And here our dependence on other minds reinforces the problem. If your position on, say, the Affordable Care Act is baseless and I rely on it, then my opinion is also baseless. When I talk to Tom and he decides he agrees with me, his opinion is also bas… more »

The Distinctly American Ethos of the Grifter

09/23/19 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
GRIFTING IS ARGUABLY a natural, even inevitable byproduct of American democracy. The French diplomat Alexis de Tocqueville, casting a gimlet eye on the brash young nation in “Democracy in America” (1835-40), wrote, “When all the prerogatives of birth an… more »

Starting in 1970

08/10/19 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Jensen agreed with Berle’s starting point: Corporate managers were unaccountable because shareholders could not restrain them. But rather than seeing a remedy in checks exerted by regulators and organized labor, Jensen proposed to overhaul the firm so t… more »

prestidigitation, double shuffling, honey-fugling, hornswaggling, and skullduggery

08/10/19 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
A little more than a generation ago, a stealthy revolution swept America. It was a dual changing of the guard: Two tribes, two attitudes, two approaches to a good society were simultaneously displaced by upstart rivals. In the world of business, the man… more »

A history of socialism in America as compared with Europe -

08/01/19 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
The Social Democratic movement first emerged in Germany in the late 1800s under Otto von Bismarck, the country’s first chancellor. It proliferated and flourished in Western Europe as an antidote to the violence of the Russian Revolution, the emergence o… more »

Free will isn't free!

09/16/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Unfortunately, “free will” isn’t a scientific reality. It is a myth inherited from Christian theology. Theologians developed the idea of “free will” to explain why God is right to punish sinners for their bad choices and reward saints for their good cho… more »

Truth in Olive OIl

08/06/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

Unadulterated Olive Oil

08/06/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Tip #2: Look for a "harvest date" and an estate or mill name. Basically, the more specifics, the better. "Typically only the better oils will have a 'pressed on' or 'harvest date,' " Olmsted says. If a label calls out the name of the producer or e… more »

Debunking a mesmerist, or Trump

08/06/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
In our historical moment, the mesmerists are worth considering, for they were frequently debunked but the debunkings rarely had much of an effect. Just as the repeated corrections of President Trump’s falsehoods have failed to discourage him or his supp… more »

It's not the percentage of non-whites that troubles whites, it's the rate of change regardless of the base percentage

08/04/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
So here, then, is what we know: Even gentle, unconscious exposure to reminders that America is diversifying — and particularly to the idea that America is becoming a majority-minority nation — pushes whites toward more conservative policy opinions and m… more »

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