The power of calm writing in a frantic world

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I chose to spend five weeks writing about politics leading up the election, in a collection of posts I called “The Rationalist Papers.” The posts succeeded in their goals. Now that the stress and excitement of the election is (mostly) behind us, I’ll take you inside what happened and why it worked — and what … Continued

Always doubt what you want to believe

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Good morning. I trust you slept well and soundly last night. As I write this, no serious news organization has declared the winner of the US presidential election. Based on current vote counts (9:15am) and the likelihood of remaining Democratic-skewing mail ballots being counted, Joe Biden is more likely than not to win the presidency, … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (31): Election day

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We’ve reached the end of this maddening election cycle. Three things: First, if you still haven’t decided, ask yourself one question. Are you better off today than you were four years ago? That’s the question that the challenger Ronald Reagan asked the audience, a week before the election, in his final debate with President Jimmy … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (30): Harden your heart

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Only the tough survive. It’s time to get tough, America. At its core, that’s the argument for Donald Trump in this election. What’s the alternative? Bleeding-heart liberalism that wants to take what you have and give it to people who don’t deserve it. Sympathy is weakness. To keep America great, you need to harden your … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (27): Who wants to prevent you from voting?

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Only one party in the 2020 Presidential election is attempting to make it hard for people to vote, or to have their vote counted. It’s the Republicans. Just a reminder: these Rationalist Papers 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. … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (26): 25 reasons

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The election is one week from today. What have we learned? Just a reminder: these Rationalist Papers 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. We need sober analysis free from the extreme shouts and screams of cable news and social … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (25): The Sharpie

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Why am I talking about a hurricane map from a year ago when the election is next week? Because it tells you quite a lot about who we’re voting for. 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 … Continued

The Rationalist Papers (24): Tax returns

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Every presidential nominee since 1976 has released his tax returns, or at least a summary of what’s in them. Joe Biden has released 22 years of his tax returns. Donald Trump did not make his returns available in 2016, and has not released them this year, either. Does this matter? Just a reminder: these Rationalist … Continued