Random observations for December 2016
Having to abandon or change a long-held belief is always unpleasant, but it's hard to consider anyone intellectually mature who hasn't done so a few times.
Time spent on political sites shows me how the world is. Time spent on art sites reminds me of how the world could have been, and how it may yet become. To stay sane, I need both.
If capitalism truly rewarded people according to the value of their contribution, medical researchers would be billionaires and Wall Street executives would be on food stamps.
Liberals often have something worthwhile to say. Conservatives sometimes do. Cynics never do.
The fact that an idea offends someone is not evidence that it is false.
If you think beauty is trivial or unimportant, just try to imagine the world without it.
I feel almost honored when someone attacks me for refusing to respect ideas that simply don't merit respect.
For American democracy to thrive, it needs a healthy two-party system. Unfortunately it cannot have that until the present Republican party is swept away.
The percentage of the population who would respond to "check your privilege" with anything other than "go fuck yourself" is tiny. We can't win elections with just those people.
People who want to abandon regulation are like people who want to abandon vaccines. The solution has worked so well that we've forgotten the problems that made us need that solution in the first place.
Ironically, Marxism and libertarianism share the same fundamental flaw -- a tendency to view all of life through the prism of economics.
Not all cultures are equal. I do not accept any man as my equal unless he accepts women as his equals.
Calvin Coolidge said: "No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave." But maybe I'm not all that concerned about being honored.