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The Evidence-Based Revolution

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 21:12

This is how democracy works.

Politician Jones identifies a problem. He proposes Solution X. Many people think Solution X will work. Politician Jones is elected.

Politician Jones implements Solution X. Time passes.

Trudeau: Untested and Unknown

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 21:09

As a general rule, a public figure cannot become a polarizing figure without having done or said a great deal, or, at an absolute minimum, without having done or said at least one extra-ordinary thing.

But that rule, like others, doesn't apply to Justin Trudeau.

The Incremental March of Human Progress

Saturday, 08 September 2012 21:06

Four years ago, first when Barack Obama became the Democratic nominee for president, then again when he won the election, there was a wave of commentary about how much the United States, and the whole Western world, had changed for the better. The scourge of racism, the subjugation of women, the marginalization of the disabled, the persecution of gays and lesbians: All this had diminished - not vanished, but diminished - in such a short time.

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