Why I’m not quite a consequentialist (a reply to Scott)

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Via this post, Scott Alexander has alerted me to the fact that he’s not only the author of a non-libertarian FAQ, but also the author of a consequentialist FAQ. I can’t believe I wasn’t aware of it before, but now I’m going to write a response. Let me start by saying that I agree with [Read More...]

Dreaded late term abortions are hardly any of the abortions in the US

Elephant Embryo

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: in the U.S., nearly 90% of abortions are performed in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, and less than two percent are performed after 21 weeks. [Read more...]

Let’s co-opt “Heterosexual Awareness Month”

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So some assholes on Facebook have declared July “Heterosexual Awareness Month”: [Read more...]

Sunday links and open thread: why xkcd is awesome, needless drone killings, and more

Use the comments to discuss these stories or anything else: [Read more...]

Why abortion really seriously isn’t murder, and you shouldn’t get too excited about identifying logical fallacies

Yvain–a writer who I mostly really like (see his blog)–has a post on LessWrong about what he’s decided to call “the noncentral fallacy,” which nominates as a candidate for “the worst argument in the world. I think the post is about 15% brilliant and 85% disastrously wrong. [Read more...]

An open letter to friends from my hometown

“At first I didn’t think Romney’s comments were any big deal, but then I realized he was talking about me, and so many Americans like me.” Let that quote (which you can find more on here) sink in a bit. [Read more...]

William Lane Craig defends Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments

Readers  Reginald Selkirk and Brad alerted me to the fact that William Lane Craig defended Todd Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape.” (If the video doesn’t work, try the link to the audio below it.) [Read more...]

How screwed is the Republican Party? This is how screwed

I believe that probably Obama will win this election. But whether or not he does, the Republican party will be in trouble for the next couple of election cycles. The entire Republican political strategy revolves around getting poor and middle class white religious folks to vote against their economic interests, and that strategy is rapidly [Read More...]

Romney/Ryan concede women’s right to control their bodies matters

Just noticed this post on Ed’s blog noting that Ryan has flip-flopped on abortion in cases of rape, and the campaign has now announced, “A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.” I just want to note that this is, in effect, a concession of the key pro-choice point that women’s right [Read More...]


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