Category Archives: Political Epistemology

What a Fool Believes These Days

Long ago, in another age – 1979 actually – the nation was humming along to the hit song of the year, actually named Song of the Year by the Grammy folks, What a Fool Believes – the Doobie Brothers dabbling … Continue reading

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Lost in Transition

There are some things you don’t like because… well, because you don’t like those things. Gay marriage used to be like that. But now New York is poised to legalize gay marriage – to everyone’s surprise. A number of Republicans … Continue reading

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Those Powerfully Unified Persuasion Machines Chugging Away

With all the advertising and the overheated political talk, along with the constant pop-culture buzz out of Hollywood, and the fashion buzz out of wherever that buzz comes from, and religious imperatives, if that’s your thing – and peer pressure … Continue reading

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Not Imagining the Unimaginable Happening

Sometimes the unimaginable happens. Back in the sixties, when it was long hair and talking about the revolution and about not trusting anyone over thirty, the Beatles released that ditty about finally turning sixty-four – and it didn’t seem to … Continue reading

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Punctuated Wrongness

Who knows anything? What experts do you agree with? Who do you cite? And how do you know they’re experts? Who told you that? Why did you believe them when they said this person or that was an expert? You … Continue reading

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