without bullshit https://withoutbullshit.com Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:20:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 The Rationalist Papers (4): Is Joe Biden a socialist? https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-rationalist-papers-4-is-biden-a-socialist https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-rationalist-papers-4-is-biden-a-socialist#comments Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:17:08 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10801 Donald Trump has called Joe Biden a “Trojan horse for socialism” and constantly denigrates “Democrats and their socialist agenda.” Socialism, as a political term, is toxic in America — many moderates and conservatives would rather die than vote for a socialist. So let’s examine what socialism actually is, and whether Joe Biden and Kamala Harris … Continued

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The Rationalist Papers (3): Is democracy really in danger? https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-rationalist-papers-3-is-democracy-really-in-danger https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-rationalist-papers-3-is-democracy-really-in-danger#comments Thu, 24 Sep 2020 15:14:57 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10792 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

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The Rationalist Papers (2): three ways to look at the election https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-rationalist-papers-2-three-ways-to-look-at-the-election https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-rationalist-papers-2-three-ways-to-look-at-the-election#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:25:35 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10785 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

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The Rationalist Papers (1): intelligent analysis for voters who still need to decide https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-rationalist-papers-1-intelligent-analysis-for-voters-who-still-need-to-decide https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-rationalist-papers-1-intelligent-analysis-for-voters-who-still-need-to-decide#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:56:40 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10781 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

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On the Supreme Court, Mitch McConnell’s pretzel logic https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/on-the-supreme-court-mitch-mcconnells-pretzel-logic https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/on-the-supreme-court-mitch-mcconnells-pretzel-logic#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:48:26 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10775 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there’s a reason why it’s okay to push through confirming a Supreme Court Justice now, just before the election, and it wasn’t when Barack Obama nominated a Justice in his last year as president. Let’s examine his justification and see if there’s any way it makes logical sense. The … Continued

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How to blog for influence (if you’re not a freak) https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-to-blog-for-influence-if-youre-not-a-freak https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-to-blog-for-influence-if-youre-not-a-freak#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:34:49 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10771 A friend who is a highly effective PR person sent me this note regarding challenges she has with her clients: I wanted to let you know that I’m a daily reader of your blog.  . . .  I have introduced several of my clients and prospective clients to it.  They are learning a lot, especially … Continued

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How to cite research that isn’t crappy https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-to-cite-research-that-isnt-crappy https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/how-to-cite-research-that-isnt-crappy#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:59:23 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10764 If you’re writing, you’ll want to cite published research that you didn’t do yourself. Here’s how to find research worth citing — and avoid citing crap research. Think of me as your mom, saying “Don’t put that research in your document. Do you have any idea where’s it been?” Finding research to cite How do … Continued

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Time to concentrate https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/time-to-concentrate https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/time-to-concentrate#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:29:51 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10760 It’s hard to concentrate right now. If you are working at home (as I have been for the last five years), you may have to deal with noise from neighbors, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and people cutting down trees. You may have children at home who need attention. You may have others in the house … Continued

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The three questions agents and editors ask about your book proposal https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-three-questions-agents-and-editors-ask-about-your-book-proposal https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-three-questions-agents-and-editors-ask-about-your-book-proposal#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:02:16 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10749 If you’re writing a nonfiction book, your proposal is crucial. It’s a complicated and diverse document. But for the acquisitions editor at a publishing house to make you an offer — or for an agent to represent you — you need only answer three questions: Is your idea a good idea? Can you write? Will … Continued

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Could ranked choice voting save us from the “least objectionable candidate?” https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/could-ranked-choice-voting-save-us-from-the-least-objectionable-candidate https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/could-ranked-choice-voting-save-us-from-the-least-objectionable-candidate#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2020 15:45:25 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10726 In Maine, you’re now allowed to indicate your second choice on your ballot — and with “ranked choice voting,” your second choice might make the difference in who is elected. We’re considering it in Massachusetts, too. Let’s take a look at how ranked choice voting works, and how it might save us from elections with … Continued

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