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Happy Birthday, John Rawls!

Let’s remember and celebrate John Rawls, Feb 21, 1921 – Nov 24, 2002, the great political and moral theorist who thinks of justice as fairness, on his birthday. 269 more words

Happy Birthday!

“In constant pursuit of money to finance campaigns, the political system is simply unable to function. Its deliberative powers are paralyzed.”

—John Rawls.

Thought For Today

On the Paradox of Tolerance

or: The Violent Pacifist

In grad school, I spent quite a lot of time with John Rawls. Not only does his idea of the veil of ignorance help strip away a lot of the bullshit around justice and open avenues for better applied fairness within a reasoned society, but also a good friend (incidentally, still one of the smartest people I’ve ever had the privilege to know) is pretty much John Rawls’ fanboy Number One. 710 more words


What "A Theory of Justice" needs is a little "Slaves of the Volcano God"

I am following through on my resolution to read John Rawls’s magisterial A Theory of Justice.  But I’ve gotta say that it doesn’t have a lot of laughs.   167 more words


Hillbillies Left to Their Own Fate

J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy has been one of the go-to books for Democrats trying to understand where they lost track of their white working class alliance.   1,626 more words

Santa must be reading my blog!

Or maybe he just knows what a boy wants.

I’m already up to page 7!  Only 506 pages to go!  It’s pretty dry so far, but it’ll probably pick up steam really soon.   15 more words