The Rationalist Papers (12): Living in fear

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Today’s column is a personal story. But it’s pretty relevant to what we’re all experiencing right now — both citizens and presidential candidates. Just a reminder: these Rationalist Papers posts are for the group I call the deciders: conservative, moderate, undecided, and third-party voters considering their choices in the 2020 US Presidential election. Until recently, I have … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (11): The art of the deal

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We are a divided nation. It’s clear to me that the job of the next president is to lead — to bring people together, and to create policies that reach across the aisle. I’ll explain why, and which of the two major candidates would be best at creating the deals that will heal the nation. … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (10): Look away

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Are you tired of all this noise and suffering? I sure am. I need a break. Do you? Just a reminder: these Rationalist Papers posts are for the group I call the deciders: conservative, moderate, undecided, and third-party voters considering their choices in the 2020 US Presidential election. I’m depressed. It’s depressing to see friends out of … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (9): Trump, COVID, risk, and opportunity

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Donald Trump has announced that he and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19. I’ll look at the question of how we got to this point in the broader context of risk — and describe the unlikely opportunity it creates. Just a reminder: these Rationalist Papers posts are for the group I call the deciders: conservative, moderate, … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (8): Back to normal

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My son Ray, a recent college graduate, is interviewing for jobs right now. In a conversation at the dinner table, he described how surreal the experience seems. Not only must he do all the interviews by video, but there’s the nagging question of whether a normal entry-level job for a normal company will even matter. … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (7): What did we learn from the debate?

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What did we learn? Not very much. Undecided and third-party voters — and those planning not to vote — certainly won’t have much clarity after last night’s “debate.” It was more of a rock fight. Just a reminder: these Rationalist Papers posts are for the group I call the deciders: conservative, moderate, undecided, and third-party voters considering … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (6): Why pro-life voters should dump Trump for Biden

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If you are ardently pro-life and anti-abortion, you vote Republican. But maybe, in this presidential election, it’s time to reconsider. If you are pro-choice, this post is not for you. And you may be offended by what you read here. The purpose of this post is not to rehash the abortion debate, about which no … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (5): Big hat, no cattle

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Who is Donald Trump? Who is Joe Biden? What are their accomplishments, and how can we view their character? We may have more information about these two candidates than we’ve ever had in any other presidential election — especially with the recent information that the New York Times revealed about President Trump’s tax filings. Just … Continued