Common Nonsense

The phrase “common sense,” I think we can all agree, is one that means nothing. So why do we use it? The term is vacuous; it is an empty placeholder that tells you the speaker has no real argument. It is an appeal to an unspoken, almost certainly nonexistent, shared knowledge. It is a null…

America’s Aboriginal Sin

You know what’s tiring and pointless?  Presuming to know what America’s “Founding Fathers” would think about this or that, and then using that probably-misinformed presumption to promote policy. Even if you could discern how these long-dead 18th century gents would react to contemporary mishegas (by the way, you cannot), why should we think their thoughts are…