Archive for October, 2012


Friday, October 12th, 2012

Robert Wright has a thoughtful response to those who refuse to support the “lesser evil” in an election.

An election is not the same as an opinion poll. It is where an actual decision gets made, and failure to select the least offensive winnable option is completely foolish unless it substantially increases the chances of a better option becoming electable in the near future. Opinion polls do provide a way of gauging the electability of various candidates and it may be important not to hide disapproval of actions and positions that we find offensive both to “send a message” and to show support for the preferred candidate in the hope that seeing such support will encourage others. But using the election itself to “send a message” of non-support to the lesser evil just has the cost of ceding the victory to an even worse alternative and so doing real (and possibly irreversible) harm for the duration of the upcoming mandate.

#malala Action

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Links are provided in a NYTimes article by Nicholas Kristof.

Nothing is more important for global security and general decency at this time than to increase the education and financial independence of girls and women.

#lyinryan Strikes Again

Friday, October 12th, 2012

‘In VP Debate:Ryan Told 24 Myths In 40 Minutes’ (cf ThinkProgress).

But it did become apparent in that debate that there is just one clear issue that separates the slates in this election – namely whether to slash the future retirement and medical benefits of the young in order to avoid making the rich now pay their fair share of taxes. Ryan repeatedly alluded to protecting the SocialSecurity and Medicare benefits of those now over 50 by imposing progressively deeper cuts on the future benefits of those now in their 40’s and younger. If this doesn’t bring out the youth vote I don’t know what will!!!

(Well I suppose there is one thing. The cavalier attitude of Romney/Ryan towards threats of war might be taken seriously by some of those who would be put in harm’s way – even if they are too disinterested or noble to object to their old age comfort being sacrificed to protect the richest of their parents generation.)