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The question of representation, or the similar concept of visibility, is one that much of the Left obsesses over. This may include media and political representation of ethnic groups, women, various LGBTQ groups, left-approved religions, disabled people, fat people, skinny people, and so on. For years, I rejected the concept, seeing it as tribal exploitation of […]
What makes a government legitimate? What does legitimacy mean in regard to politics? I have been wondering, again, about the conditions which require obedience to unjust laws. The question of legitimacy seems the most fundamental form of that ethical conundrum. Laws express authority. Before one accepts the laws of representatives or rulers, one must accept […]
The Silence Reagan at Reykjavík, for Independence Day¹ Preview Open
Modern generations assume that universal suffrage is a moral necessity of any democracy. Does that assumption hold up against scrutiny? The theory of popular democracy (“popular” implying inclusion of all or most citizens) reflects our emphasis on the value of free will. The basic argument for universal suffrage is: “Everyone is due free will (even […]
On Ricochet, we often debate which legislation and strategies are feasible under current political conditions and which are only pipe dreams. In this thread, I’d like to set aside what Republicans could do and instead focus on what Republicans would do if they had the power.
Assume a Republican super-majority in Congress. Assume a Republican president. Even assume a friendly majority on the Supreme Court. I am not predicting any of this. I’m just asking that we pretend these conditions for the sake of argument.
Catchy title, right? Why does America retain its nuclear weapons if we have no desire to use them? Because a passive threat of latent power can deter need of that power. Better fear than a contest of violence. Preview Open