johannesvandergraaff: A system of ethics where the good is to be found in the minimization of everyone’s sense of futility.
The Good Utilitarian: Utilitarianism, best... →
This is my issue with a lot of the snide dismissals of utilitarianism from the Bleeding Hearts Libertarians crowd … thegoodutilitarian: Any criticism of utilitarianism that argues that using utilitarianism produces bad outcomes or sub-optimal results misses the point and is wrong almost by definition. If an outcome is less than ideal from the perspective of maximizing utility, then...
Everybody I Love Dies: PSA →
everybodyilovedies: John Stuart Mill. This is a dude you might be writing a paper on right now. Note: His last name is Mill. If he is possessing something, for instance: “Mill’s theory of utilitarianism”, feel free to use an apostrophe and add an “s” to the end of his name. If you’re feeling more casual, feel free to…
Racism and immigration policy: The Richwine affair... →
Is it racist to study whether one group of people is smarter than another? Maybe not. Is it racist to do so with poor research and unfounded assumptions? Well …
Why does America lose its head over 'terror' but... →
The column itself is provocative. And it also attracted the worst commenter ever, an unrepentant racist. (See “folland”)
The 70-year-old economic priorities of an... →
Winston Churchill, utilitarian.
An imagination beyond one’s tribe | Blog on the... →
Have we lost the ability to look beyond our current social group?
Dangerous Minds | Dying vet’s ‘fuck you’ letter to... →
Painful, powerful read.
Who are Democrats and Republicans representing,... →
Conservative lobbyists too powerful. Duh.
Philosophy is not science. Knowing how we ordinarily use our concepts of truth,...– Wittgenstein and Philosophy - NYTimes.com I’m starting to wonder if I’ve wasted my time studying Western philosophy. Seems like Eastern philosophy never has this sort of conceit of thinking that it’s science.
Ann Coulter gets booed by a roomful of... →
Hey, we found a use for libertarians! They’re contributing to the marginalization of Ann Coulter, who makes up a few numbers along the way.
Yes, Virginia, the Rich Continue to Get Richer:... →
That danged socialist Obama.
How many Americans, for example, are aware that one of the primary drivers of...– Decline in GDP could create a Roosevelt-era recession - Salon.com
The conservative movement is still an elaborate... →
So THAT’S why they don’t even have to believe what they’re saying.
If Americans want a society where schools do not, as the one in Newtown did,...– Gun violence in America: Newtown’s horror | The Economist
Red science vs. blue science - Salon.com →
So to recap: Not believing in evolution = personal choice. Shopping at Whole Foods = scientific ignorance that threatens society.
Mormons and gays: Does a new LDS web site pave the... →
I’m generalizing, but I think the reason we’re seeing the Mormon church strain to adapt is that, whatever you think of the tenets of their religion, they tend to be decent, educated people.
Liberal arts majors have value - baltimoresun.com →
That’s right — we got value.
The final line for me to cross in complete alienation from the right was my...– Revenge of the Reality-Based Community | The American Conservative
For fairness and job creation, the Buffett Rule is... →
In case you’re not saying “Duh,” look at the facts and analysis.
But if there was ever a good time to give it a shot, it’s probably now. The...– Papa John’s raising prices for Obamacare: Denny’s, Applebee’s, and the pizza chain are angry about health care costs. - Slate Magazine
Gotta love Deadspin commenters: “Everyone go to your nearest...– The Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog
Don’t you think it is the height of human arrogance to presume what Jesus would...– Jon Stewart And Mike Huckabee Go Head-To-Head Over Religion, Abortion, Gay Marriage, And The GOP’s Woes | Mediaite
Obama Wins 8 of the Nation’s 10 Wealthiest... →
So the 99 percent believed the rhetoric more than the 1 percent believed it?
Democratic House candidates winning the popular... →
All hail redistricting.
Coal CEO prays and fires workers: how the coal... →
Remember my “referendum on selfishness” post? Yep. Here you go.
The United States is set to repeat Europe’s fiscal... →
Economics … tricky stuff. Not really a philosophical post here, just a reminder that the most obvious solution isn’t always the best.
Math You Do As A Republican To Make You Feel... →
Obama & Luther Concede To Mitt Romney In Alternate... →
No, we don’t want health care! Or rights for women!
The white establishment is now the minority,” O’Reilly said. “And the...– For glum Republicans, especially at Fox News, blame game begins - latimes.com Bill, you still think everyone is playing the same game you are. You want your candidate to take office so you will get an economic system that benefits you. And you think it’s OK to lie and distort on behalf of...
Editorial: What the GOP should do to rebuild →
Well said. I’d add honesty, both in the campaign and in science. Chris Christie would be good.
Americans obviously can’t show up at the border and expect a welcome mat. The...– Do Americans Actually Move to Canada After Elections? - Mental Floss Is Sarah McLachlan still single?
On Saturday, Republican NJ Gov. Chris Christie and his Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno...– Power outages still threaten the vote - Salon.com Surely Republicans are beginning to realize Chris Christie is their best hope to win in 2016.
Steal the election!
And finally, for the moron CEOs who are threatening their employees if they don’t vote for Romney — despite the fact that under Obama they’ve posted record profits, amassed record cash reserves, watched the Dow double since this president took office, avoided any responsibility for blowing up the whole economy in 2008 AND enjoyed the lowest top marginal income tax rates and corporate income tax rates since the Korean freakin’ War and the greatest income inequality since the days of Jay and Daisy — here’s our response to you: We already had the feudalism-vs.-democracy argument. In 1776. Your side lost. Get the hell over it.
The U.S. abolished peonage a long time ago. Get the hell over it.
WE ARE AMERICANS. WE DO NOT NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS.
10 Reasons The G.O.P. Deserves The 'Death Penalty'... →
Ends on a hopeful note, at least.
Over 80 percent of French women work, as opposed to just under 60 percent in the...– Socialist child care in Europe: Creche, Ecole maternelle, and French child care options. - Slate Magazine So wait a minute — which country has all the freeloaders?
Romney Pitches In To Repair Thousands Of Downed... →
For the record, most of the lawn signs in my neighborhood were taken down. Of the ones that were not, the Senate/House signs fared well, while the presidential ones (both candidates) were slightly mangled. Eerie.
I recognize that Obama hatred is a real thing, but disliking the president so...– Liberty to Lie - NYTimes.com This is a step beyond the usual laundry list of Romney lies, which Romney supporters would claim is balanced by some mythical similar-sized list of Obama lies. This story points out that significant numbers of people believe Obama is more trustworthy and more likely to...
My Take: When evangelicals were pro-choice – CNN... →
I’m a little squeamish on justifying abortion from the same Bible verses that call for “eye for an eye” justice, but this is an interesting historical take on how religious movements’ politics aren’t quite set in the same stone as the Commandments.
A Big Storm Requires Big Government - NYTimes.com →
So would the Homeland Security disbursements to red-state locales help them prepare for storms?
The War on Objectivity - NYTimes.com →
Sick of dealing with people who are convinced math and science must be wrong.
Would Mitt Romney be electable in Canada?:... →
Not sure whether to classify this as a comprehensive but concise take on the U.S. election or a bit of Canadian smugness.
How Fox News created a new culture of idiots -... →
This is an excerpt from Assholes: A Theory, and the headline is misleading — very little of this excerpt is about Fox. There’s much more here about bankers and others who, it’s safe to say, don’t act with any sort of utilitarian idealism.
It’s a given: Mitt Romney has issues with the truth. I think it’s cultural....– Numberscruncher: Of Course, Mitt Romney Lies! | Popdose Does everyone lie in business?
Election 2012: A referendum on selfishness
Let’s cut through the crap. Let’s not kid ourselves. This election isn’t a referendum on Obama’s performance as president. When he came into office, the U.S. economy (and to some extent, Western civilization) was in critical condition. Today, it’s in fair condition. You could argue whether that’s good enough to re-elect him … if not for the fact that...
Lance Armstrong: A journalist's albatross →
The Romenesko piece here is called “Why Sally Jenkins hasn’t written about Lance Armstrong lately.” It should be called “Why Sally Jenkins shouldn’t have written about Lance Armstrong in August.” The Seattle Weekly column raising the question on Jenkins does a terrific job framing ethical dilemmas for everyone from beat writers to memoir co-authors....
In fact, Mr Cohn writes, it’s not really clear why voters in blue states...– America as the EU: Blue-state Germans, red-state Greeks | The Economist I think my answer would be that blue-staters are generally utilitarians. We want the greatest good for the greatest number of people, even if some of those people can’t see it for themselves. But another reason would be...