How to get people to do good things: coerce, persuade—or agree

Better to find allies and change the culture than sell your soul in an effort to control others’ behavior

One Ring to Bind Them All: Conservative Christians and the Theocratic Impulse

For conservative White Christians in the USA, theocracy is the Ring of Power, and abortion is their reason for wanting to use it. But it has its own purposes.

Defining human existence (Psalm 139)

To be is to be known by God. God’s omniscience is knowledge not only of everything but of everyone. There is no one whom God does not know. My existence resides in the fact that God knows me. My identity is this: I am who God knows that I am. And since God speaks, andContinue reading “Defining human existence (Psalm 139)”

Where we are politically in the USA, and where I am

Trump lost the election, which has bought us some time. But Trump has not stopped claiming that he won, GOP senators and reps and apparatchiks have not repudiated him, and neither have the millions who voted for him. The lower-IQ Trumpists still speak of him as the best thing ever. The higher-IQ Trumpists still pretendContinue reading “Where we are politically in the USA, and where I am”

The tragedy of fractional-issue politics

And the devil, taking her up into a high mountain, showed her one more Supreme Court justice . . . On The Daily (NYT podcast), one of the best interviewers out there talks with the president of The Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion organization. At the link you can either listen to the podcastContinue reading “The tragedy of fractional-issue politics”

The abortion distortion in current US politics

A friend took exception to this part of something I posted on Facebook yesterday morning: Still in Putin’s pocket. Still bashing his domestic political opponents during meetings with foreign heads of government. Grotesquely incompetent and/or gallingly disloyal to our country: Could be either. Could be both. No way it’s neither. He wants to be re-elected.Continue reading “The abortion distortion in current US politics”