COVID-19: What is the Public Policy Goal?

What are we trying to achieve at this point through our public policy? One respondent said: a vaccine or a reliable treatment protocol. Of course, we want those things – both of them, if we are wise, because if the eventual vaccines are as effective (!) as the flu vaccine, we’re still going to haveContinue reading “COVID-19: What is the Public Policy Goal?”

“Come, Let Us Reason Together…”

Aristotle taught us to reason from premises. We have to start somewhere. It behooves us, then, to work toward shared premises, meaning premises that can be agreed by all sides of a debate. Recently, in a congregational confession at Highland Oaks Church of Christ, we learned this: That served as one of the major premisesContinue reading ““Come, Let Us Reason Together…””

Now THIS Guy’s a Thought Hero!

Prepare to be deeply offended. “Uncle Tom” wrote an article. Isn’t that quaint? He must’ve commissioned a white person to write it for him, ‘cuz everyone knows he couldn’t have gone this far off the plantation by himself. Right? Remember this man’s name, for he dared speak truth to progressive power structures and to liberalContinue reading “Now THIS Guy’s a Thought Hero!”

COVID-19: Beam Me Up, Scotty!

I’m writing this post well after business hours, on my own laptop at the house, and as an Aggie father who is paying rather tidy sums to provide a high-quality, collegiate education to a newly minted junior at Texas A&M. I’m not writing in my official capacity as an employee of the Texas A&M System.Continue reading “COVID-19: Beam Me Up, Scotty!”

Nope, Not Gonna Do It Voluntarily

I agree with this guy. Top to bottom, for all the reasons stated. Pick apart any one of them if you wish, but in the aggregate, it’s still an overwhelming case. You do you; I’ll do me. It’s the American way. Meantime, we’ll protect the demonstrably vulnerable by targeting mitigation measures toward them. As forContinue reading “Nope, Not Gonna Do It Voluntarily”

On “Whataboutism”

It’s fashionable, especially in elite, progressive circles, to dismiss appeals for simple, moral consistency as “whataboutism.” What’s more, if you take on “whataboutism” in public, it’s a sure bet that you’ll be lauded as a true intellectual. In fact, when “whataboutism” shows up in the mouth of President Trump, progressive zealots find the quintessential rubeContinue reading “On “Whataboutism””

Lawyers Have a Lot to Teach Us, v. 2

Second, don’t entrust to an internal expert the investigation of internal wrongdoing. Why the hell did Hennepin County do the first autopsy of a victim of malfeasance by local law enforcement ? That job should have been outsourced to a disinterested, qualified, experienced medical examiner from the very get-go. Not only is that a clearContinue reading “Lawyers Have a Lot to Teach Us, v. 2”

Lawyers Have a Lot to Teach Us

First: don’t race ahead of the established facts. Build your case carefully and deliberately. We know a couple of things from the notorious video evidence. First, the perp is white. Second, the victim is black. Do those two facts, taken together, establish that the act itself was a racist act? Not yet, they don’t. AtContinue reading “Lawyers Have a Lot to Teach Us”