The Rationalist Papers (3): Is democracy really in danger?

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This is the most consequential election of our lifetimes. But we hear that before every election. Is this really the election that could end democracy in America, or is that just hyperbole? In this post I’ll show in what ways this election could threaten democracy, why it matters, and what you should do about it. … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (2): three ways to look at the election

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How do you decide who to vote for? I see three ways people are deciding: policy, team loyalty, and trust. Just a reminder: these posts are for the group I call the deciders: conservatives, moderates, undecided, and third-party voters considering their choices in the 2020 US Presidential election. Choosing based on policy In a traditional … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (1): intelligent analysis for voters who still need to decide

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For the next six weeks, this blog will be different. Welcome to The Rationalist Papers: a space with daily posts dedicated to helping voters — especially conservatives, undecideds, and third-party voters — to make the difficult decision about how to vote in the US 2020 Presidential Election. If you come here for writing advice, please … Continued

Elizabeth Warren for President

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I don’t normally take partisan positions. And this space will continue to analyze — and criticize — political speakers of all types. But much as newspaper editorial pages endorse candidates, I will do so now, on the eve of the New Hampshire Primary. I am endorsing Elizabeth Warren. I want our next president to be … Continued