Category: Political Science

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Utopian schemes try to create a perfect society. They usually cause more suffering than they cure. It's a bad bargain.

Moreover, people seldom agree on what a perfect society would be like. No matter how good it is or in how many ways, somebody will still think it's awful and unjust.

And no matter how good people's lives are, ...

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Many people say that "the arc of history bends toward justice."

Pardon my French, but ce n'est pas vrai. It's not true. In fact, it's the opposite of the truth.

If there is going to be justice in our world, we have to make it happen -- and we also have to get lucky. Very lucky.1

Sure, ...

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"We’re not trying to schedule our workers more efficiently. We’re trying to replace them altogether."
-- An executive of a fast-food company

Andrew Yang, a 2020 presidential candidate, reports that quote about automation in his book The ...

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You're lucky. So am I.

I've written in previous blogs that believing we're lucky is a helpful attitude:

  • It makes us happier because we look for the good in situations:
  • It helps us achieve because we see problems as opportunities to do something constructive.

But that's not what I'm talking about here.

I'm ...

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I won't be watching the State of the Union address on television tonight.

It's nothing against Trump, who will tell us about all the YUUUUGE things he's accomplished.

Nor against Pelosi, who will be sitting there stone-faced with her minions. She might be waiting for a chance to shout "You lie!" to get revenge for ...

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Americans disagree about a lot. But there's one point on which we are unanimous:

Our politicians are awful.

Let's be honest: Except in the haze of partisan fervor, can anyone truly believe that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were the two best people to run for president in 2016?

How about Mitch McConnell and Chuck ...

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Football player Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the American national anthem.

And people on all sides of the political spectrum went nuts. Why?

The most obvious reason is that they either endorse or dispute his ...

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