Meritocracy encourages selfishness

Reading this article on meritocracy...let's have some pull quotes, and some thoughts. "Under meritocracy, wealth and advantage are merit’s rightful compensation, not the fortuitous windfall of external events. Most people don’t just think the world should be run meritocratically, they think it is meritocratic." I agree that the general trend is for people to think the world is… Continue reading Meritocracy encourages selfishness

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Law Homeschool

I've decided that I'm interested in law. I suppose at some level I have been for a long time. The best class I had in college was a study of the First Amendment, as told by US Supreme Court cases. That class was absolutely fascinating, and it was a wonder to me that the language… Continue reading Law Homeschool

“What is chivalry?”

A friend online asked, what does "chivalry" actually mean? She got a good answer... https://twitter.com/SQLPi/status/1042550543531630592 She got a good answer: https://twitter.com/Nobilis/status/1042551199063527424 https://twitter.com/Nobilis/status/1042551315388424193 https://twitter.com/Nobilis/status/1042551371587825664   But that's clearly not what modern day people mean when they say they still practice chivalry. The opening-doors, don't-swear-in-front-of-a-lady kind of chivalry. Speaking as a not-guy, I think they mean: Women are… Continue reading “What is chivalry?”

Could we start treating people of color like, oh I don’t know, people?

A Dallas headline today reminds me of how everyone is sort of okay with treating people of color differently in the news. Relevant story, and relevant hashtag: #IfTheyGunnedMeDown More relevant: "When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims" Some of the headlines from that article: Let's make a point of calling out… Continue reading Could we start treating people of color like, oh I don’t know, people?

One more thing we can do about gun violence

A friend asked, "Why do so many people have problems with putting metal detectors in schools?" I'll just speak for me, here. I don't have serious problems with metal detectors at schools, except for one thing: It's rather security theater, than it is actual security. I'm all for metal detectors, if we don't think of… Continue reading One more thing we can do about gun violence