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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Defining a political stance

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For a while now I have been calling myself a liberal and/or progressive. But it just occurred to me that I don’t think that is the best way to describe my political stance. I’m not sure what the best way is, or of there is a best way.

More than anything, I see myself as a rationalist. As much as anyone can be rational, that is. This is especially true in the realm of economics, where clear evidence linking policy to outcomes is rare. That’s where I tend to fall back on ideology and let my liberal tendencies take over. Read the rest of this entry

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The Purpose of Life (a short story)

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Yahweh sighed and slouched back in his leather desk chair, rubbing his snow-white bearded chin thoughtfully.

“You still don’t understand, Lucifer,” he said. “Let me run through it again.”

He rubbed his temples. His good friend Lucifer sat across the desk from him and toyed with the stapler. Lucifer was a bit brash and naive at times, but Yahweh was quite fond of him.

“You see, Luce, I almost never tamper with the inputs once a project is running. That’s why I put so much effort into getting the initial conditions right. It’s not that I can’t make adjustments on the fly, but doing so requires some major recalculation so as not to mess up anything. Read the rest of this entry