Punishing Kiriakou: A Case for Discretion in Democracy
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Punishing Kiriakou: A Case for Discretion in Democracy

While media outlets prone to sensationalism push the phantom fact that apparently most if not all politicians are untrustworthy and oppressive thieves and connivers and scrounge to find any vague speck of dirt on a lawmaker to substantiate that notion, it’s often the case that governments by the people and (for the most part) for the people are taking the necessary steps to ensure our safety—even if we haven’t either a clue as to what those steps entail or, more controversially, any real entitlement to those clues to begin with… Continue reading

The Blame Game: America’s Problem With Taking Responsibility
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The Blame Game: America’s Problem With Taking Responsibility

For a while, I had been looking for an excuse to focus my Relevant Reads series on Scapegoat: A History of Blaming Other People by Charlie Campbell (Overlook, 2011)—my favorite book, like, ever. Beyond what the whole title suggests, Scapegoat brilliantly illustrates our stubborn habit of not only being almost naturally compelled to convict one another, but absolving ourselves when undesirable … Continue reading

Politics of Bullshit: How to Manipulate With Truths and Why BSing ISN’T Always Lying
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Politics of Bullshit: How to Manipulate With Truths and Why BSing ISN’T Always Lying

The book I pick for this week’s edition of PolicyMic’s Relevant Reads is really an essay (it’s a hella short book); due to its popularity and impact, it was eventually published as a book, and since then has enjoyed bestselling success and three or four reprint runs. The book is On Bullshit (Princeton, 2005) by Princeton philosopher Harry G. … Continue reading

Backward Was Forward: Is True Conservatism Inherently Progressive?
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Backward Was Forward: Is True Conservatism Inherently Progressive?

In the week leading up to this inaugural installment of Relevant Reads (books relevant to the particular new stories of the week), the one news story that loomed in my mind is the House of Representatives’ most recent (not to mention vainest) push to repeal Obamacare. So, in addition to making me roll my eyes and get annoyed (as is … Continue reading