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Agitated Trump Supporters Coalescing into Distrustful New Election Integrity Movement

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 9:54am in

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Georgia’s Trump supporters are not giving up. On Saturday, scores massed outside the statehouse in Atlanta, a small sea of mostly men in red MAGA hats … Continue reading

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White Power and the RecountThe Far Right Fights for Trump

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 20/11/2020 - 5:33pm in

[November 19th, 2020, Atlanta, GA] The fight over what's left of the soul of the Republican Party has moved from Washington DC to Georgia with the far right continuing to rally for Trump.
When I first drove by the rally, a Christian white nationalist and anti-immigrant named... READ MORE

Trump Refuses To Concede That He Lost The Masters To Dustin Johnson

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 16/11/2020 - 9:06am in

US President (for now) Donald Trump has released an official statement via his preferred method of communication Twitter, to call for people to stop referring to Dustin Johnson as the winner of this year’s US Masters and instead hand the title to him, Donald Trump.

”The President is adamant that he won this year’s Masters,” said a White House Spokesperson. ”Sure, he didn’t actually compete in the event or register to enter, however, he also did not lose the tournament either.”

When asked why the President wouldn’t just concede the Masters title to the actual winner Dustin Johnson, the Spokesperson said: ”The President will not concede anything.”

”He maintains that he is the rightful Masters champion, the President-elect and the first man to walk on the moon.”

”Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to Augusta to pick up the President’s jacket and a happy meal to go along with it.”

Mark Williamson

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On Hearing the News that You’re a Great Big Loser

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/11/2020 - 7:00pm in

Schadenfreude is an ugly trait,
to enjoy another’s ill-starred fate.
In the sea of life, we’re all storm-tossed,
and yet … ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, you lost!

I don’t quite know what happened there:
to laugh at losers isn’t fair.
To win with grace, that’s best by far,
but … ha, ha, tee-hee! Ha, ha, ha!

I apologise for that outburst
but it just slipped out, unrehearsed.
I need to show more dignity.
However … ha, ha, ha! Tee-hee-hee!

Ha! Laughter is a wondrous thing!
What a gift – tee-hee! – of joy you bring!
You’ve brightened up – ha ha! – my day.
Ha ha, tee-hee! … now go away.

Scotty From Marketing Offers To Build Donald Trump A Cubby House

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/11/2020 - 8:20am in

Australian Prime Minister Scotty from marketing has offered his condolences to outgoing President Donald Trump and offered to build him a cubby house as a parting gift.

”It is hard when you lose an election, or so I’ve been told,” said Prime Minister Scotty. ”So, to President Trump I offer him the gift of a cubby house that I knocked up over the weekend.”

”He could give it to his boy Barren, or heck use it as a man shed for himself.”

When asked whether or not he had contacted the in-coming President Joe Biden, the Prime Minister said: ”I have tweeted Joe and I will be looking to send something over, though it could be awhile as the Post hasn’t been too good lately.”

”Maybe I could send Joe a watch, I’ve heard good things about Cartier ones lately.”

”On second thought, I have the perfect gift, a lump of coal. How good is coal?”

”Now, if you’ll excuse me, Engadine Maccas has a new toilet that I must get around to inaugurating.”

Mark Williamson


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Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/11/2020 - 5:52am in

But whatever the future brings, there is no doubt that today is ours. After four years in which we have indulged the worst of our nation, we have voted to reclaim the best. Continue reading

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We Still Have Work To Do

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 08/11/2020 - 8:36am in

Joseph Biden has defeated Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Thank you, fellow 75 million Americans who voted for Biden and Kamala Harris. Trump is [negative adjectives of your choice] and we are very fortunate to be removing him from the presidency. I shudder at what the country might have looked like with another four years of him at the helm—as it is we have much to repair and recover from.

Trump’s defeat is worth celebrating, and I hope you all* get to do a little bit of that this weekend.

Four years ago, when Trump won, I asked: “What should we do? By “we” here, I mean we in our capacity as members of the community of professional philosophers.

This question remains a live one, and for many of the same reasons. Trump will not vanish from the political landscape, and neither will his followers. Over 70 million Americans voted for him—more than in 2016—and presumably many of these people did so because they like him or think he has been doing a good job, and not simply because they don’t like Biden or Harris or the Democratic Party.

In response to that question, I identified three elements of what came to be called “Trumpism” that I thought philosophers were particularly well-suited to address. They are still on the list:

1. Lack of respect for expertise. One glaring hallmark of Trump’s campaign is his apparent lack of respect for expertise, and the concomitant belief that the relevant questions are simple and their answers easy. The confidence with which he expressed his detail-less assurances that he could offer “tremendous” solutions to problems it was quite clear he did not understand ought to have been a bright warning sign. Philosophers are in the business of showing how the apparently simple is really quite complicated, once you think about it. This point is applicable across nearly every domain, especially governance and the various political, economic, and social challenges that governments address.

2. Inattention to sense. Is it that people don’t know when what they’re hearing doesn’t make sense? Or do they not care? Or do various cognitive biases interfere with people’s understanding of what makes sense? Yes, yes, and yes. Philosophers have long placed careful reasoning among their pedagogical goals. We need to do a better job of that, though. And we need to take up the task of motivating rationality. We academics—philosophers, especially—don’t generally need to be motivated to try to think rationally, but we are not normal. Additionally, we need to incorporate into our courses findings on the biases that interfere with proper reasoning, along with debiasing strategies.

3. Focus on the visible, rather than the important. Part of Trump’s success was owed to his ability to paint challenges as conflicts, and then foster solidarity with potential voters against their “enemies.” Yet the construal of these conflicts works by drawing attention to superficial and ultimately unimportant differences, and ignoring underlying and more important similarities. Insofar as philosophers teach others to look below the surface, and to not take things simply as they appear, they have a role to play in undermining some divisive appeals. Merely drawing attention to the pervasive role of chance or luck in everyone’s life can get students to be more thoughtful about the kinds of problems governments tend to address.

The intervening years have made clear that many other things need to be on such a list. I’ll mention one more,:

4. Constricted imaginationMuch of the cruelty (racism, xenophobia, etc.,) Trump exemplified and encouraged seemed to be facilitated by a lack of thought about the question of what is it like to be (or be in the position of) the people who were the targets of that cruelty. Learning more about what the lives of others different from you are like, learning how to take those perspectives seriously, and learning about the epistemic hurdles we face in doing these things are undertakings philosophers and other academics can help with, with the goal that disputes involve more understanding and less dismissiveness.

I leave it to commenters to add other items to the list.

To be clear, the idea is not that better philosophical education will eliminate political disagreement. It won’t, and we shouldn’t want it to, anyway. Rather, the hope is that it will improve political disagreement, and get people to be more thoughtful. We have our classrooms, we have more opportunities for public-facing work and outreach than ever before, and now we have one less obstacle. Let’s get back to it.

But let’s raise a glass first.

* Yes I know some readers of this post will have voted for Trump. Perhaps they can be happy to be rid of a certain degree of non-partisan problems Trump exemplified.

P.S. Look for a “Philosophers On” post about the election this coming week. Here’e the one from 2016.

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Unsanitized: The 60 Million-Strong Superspreader Event

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 08/11/2020 - 1:06am in


Economy, Election

Thursday’s COVID report showed 116,000 new cases Earlier this week roughly 60 million Americans left their homes on Tuesday, got in a line, went for the most part indoors, interacted with volunteers at close range, and cast their ballots in the general election. Continue reading

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Editorial: Kanye West Is The President America Needs Right Now

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 7:00am in

As good as Donald Trump has been (for satirists) as American President it is time for a change. It’s time for a person who is ready to stand up for what they believe in. Someone who is willing to tell Taylor Swift that she is not as good as Beyoncé. America, it’s time for President Kanye.

Sure, Joe Biden might be the responsible choice but America you know that the responsible choice has never been for you.

Think of what President Kanye will bring to the job. A hologram of Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the Supreme court.

Not to mention first lady Kim Kardashian West. Move over Melania a new season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians is coming to the White House.

You know what you need to do America get out there and vote for Team Yeezy.

After all, what’s the worst that could happen? You did make it through the Trump/Putin Presidency.

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Election Open Thread / Ad Hoc

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/11/2020 - 12:44am in


Election, Politics

(Moving this up on the page because, well, what else are we going to talk about?)

Rachel Katler’s Ad Hoc comic this week (below) is perfect for today, election day, and so I thought it would be good to combine it with an open thread about the election.

Your predictions, experiences, hopes, gripes, concerns, jokes, and comments about the election are welcome. Good luck to us all.

Ad Hoc
Rachel Katler

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