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Torture is torture

I’m no expert on interrogation. From what I’ve read, most of these experts find torture to be a modality with minimal utility, but I’m sure there are those who want to keep it around. My personal opinion is that it is horridly immoral, and rather difficult to justify. The “ticking bomb” scenario is vanishingly rare,…

Democracy—you’re doing it wrong

OK, OK, so the U.S. isn’t a democracy per se but really a representative democracy, with a federalist set up. Still, most of us understand the basic idea of a democratic, federalist republic, right? The ultimate power resides with the citizens, who vote for representatives who, well, represent our interests in the seat of federal…