Category Archives: Three-Axes Model

Podcast on The Three Languages of Politics

with Caleb Brown. I think it covers well a lot of issues in the book.

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A kind review of my book

From an Amazon reader, the second edition is much better than the first. It’s nearly three times as long (146 pages vs the original edition’s 54), and more importantly gets the ideas across better. And that’s important because this is … Continue reading

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Advertisement for Three Languages of Politics

Do you think it will get anyone interested in ordering it? I tend to doubt it, but I am pretty pessimistic about the book’s prospects in general. I’m proud of the book, but the most avid audience for political books … Continue reading

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Jonathan Haidt’s six-step program

for viewpoint diversity on campus. The steps include Look inside the mind. Learn a little bit of psychology to see the tricks the mind plays on us, making us all prone to be self-righteous, overconfident, and quick to demonize “the … Continue reading

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Political speech to close minds

Scott Alexander writes, if everything you’ve tried so far has failed, maybe you should try something different. Right now, the neutral gatekeeper institutions have tried being biased against conservatives. They’ve tried showing anti-conservative bias. They’ve tried ramping up the conservativism-related … Continue reading

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Re-reading Bobos in Paradise

On p. 47, there is this: For one reason or another the following people and institutions fall outside the ranks of Bobo respectability: Donald Trump, Pat Robertson, Louis Farrakhan, Bob Guccione, Wayne Newton, Nancy Reagan, Adnan Khashoggi, Jesse Helms, Jerry … Continue reading

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Political Language Appropriation

A web site called Campus Reform reports, A conservative student at Orange Coast College has filed a civil rights violation report after a knife was found lying near hateful graffiti messages targeting him by name. . . “I am personally … Continue reading

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And a Lot Less Rock ‘n’ Roll

Peter Beinart thinks we need a whole lot more religion. Maybe it’s the values of hierarchy, authority, and tradition that churches instill. Maybe religion builds habits and networks that help people better weather national traumas, and thus retain their faith … Continue reading

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Charles Murray at Middlebury

The coverage in the Washington Post and in the New York Times was meager, with no follow-up op-eds. The Times story, to its credit, says in the lead paragraph that it was “an encounter that turned violent and left one … Continue reading

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Ev Psych and Motivated Reasoning

From a piece by Elizabeth Kolbert in the New Yorker. Living in small bands of hunter-gatherers, our ancestors were primarily concerned with their social standing, and with making sure that they weren’t the ones risking their lives on the hunt … Continue reading

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