Category Archives: Ethics

Politicizing This Day

(from here) A couple of years ago, I argued that Martin Luther King Day needs to be ‘politicized’, even if that makes it a day that is not for everyone. I think the post has held up nicely, since it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Ethics

You Can’t Fix a Broken Polity With a Shotgun Olympic Wedding

It looks like D.C. dodged a bullet, while Boston is possibly saddled with the 2024 Olympics. Personally, I think Los Angeles would be the best choice, and both D.C. and Boston were very bad choices (one thing most people don’t … Continue reading

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Compassionate Conservatism Is Past Its Expiration Date

You can always get a better sense of a political party by watching its mid-level functionaries: they are both the true believers and less polished. Republican governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is currently under investigation for activities during his 2010 … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Ethics

Healthcare Insurers and How to Possibly Corrupt a Wonk

So Ezra Klein wrote something at the Washington Post that puzzled me about health insurers: Yet the problem with the Affordable Care Act isn’t the insurance industry. In fact, the main benefits of nationalized health care can be achieved in … Continue reading

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Dishonesty About Cheating

Jessica Lahey, at the Atlantic, posts this letter from a serial cheater (boldface mine): I cheated all throughout high school. Not only that, but I graduated as a valedictorian, National AP Scholar, Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, and I was … Continue reading

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Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean the TSA Isn’t After You

A while ago, after yet another outrage by the TSA, I wrote (boldface added): But the real question is why did no one else do anything to stop it. Why did no one say anything? I’m sure some people just … Continue reading

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The Test For Some Important Lessons Is One Hopefully You Never Have to Take

Yesterday, I wrote about the insane New York policy of high-stakes testing for kindergarten students. While the harm inflicted on the students is not funny at all, this bit did amuse me (boldface mine): Teachers said kindergartners are bewildered. “Sharing … Continue reading

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