Obedience to Political Party Narratives Is Now Required By Right and Left, As the US Embraces Authoritarianism

I lived in authoritarian regimes where there was lack of due process and almost tribal presumptions of guilt and innocence. Both the right and the left (and this medium) are pushing the US in an authoritarian direction. "Please resist the temptation to follow hyper-partisan instincts in the Kavanaugh-Ford case," I wrote on Facebook, along with... Continue Reading →

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Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician.

8 Logical Fallacies in Online Debates

Logical fallacies -- common errors in reasoning such as straw-man arguments, ad hominem attacks, post hoc (false causation), false choices between extremes, whataboutism -- are rampant in political debates on social media. Three more logical fallacies I've noticed: Gish Gallop -- "(also known as proof by verbosity) is the fallacious debate tactic of drowning your opponent in a flood of individually-weak... Continue Reading →

‘The Dying Art of Disagreement’

"To say, I disagree; I refuse; you’re wrong;...these are the words that define our individuality, give us our freedom, enjoin our tolerance, enlarge our perspectives, seize our attention, energize our progress, make our democracies real, and give hope and courage to oppressed people everywhere...And the problem, as I see it, is that we’re failing at... Continue Reading →

Social Media Is Hurting Democracy

Liberals and conservatives have one thing in common: zero interest in learning how and what those they disagree with actually think. Click. "Talking past each other is deeply unhealthy for our entire political system. A functioning democracy requires that citizens make informed choices — which voters can’t do if their information sources are ideologically monochromatic.... Continue Reading →

In Praise of Hypocrisy

Everybody is a hypocrite to some extent. Pointing out others' hypocrisy while not recognizing your own is in fact quite hypocritical. In online debates, I often see examples of "the pot calling the kettle black." Masha Gessen had a good reflection on hypocrisy in the NYT. Trump "made his first public concession to political expectations...to norms,... Continue Reading →

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