Positive Politics: Internet and Technology Policy

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Well I’m not ready to jump into one of the big ugly topics yet, so maybe this one will be a little easier. (Maybe.) Let’s talk about the internet and overall technology policies. Access / Control of Internet There’s a current debate about a concept called “net neutrality” that, as typical, is highly spun by […]

Positive Politics: Education

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None of the topics I’ve teed up for my Positive Politics discussions are easy ones, but in the interests of easing into things I’ll try to take one that’s maybe not super-controversial to start. (Of course, as with anything political, I may be surprised by what becomes controversial.) So let’s talk about education. For my […]

Positive politics: a little bit of foundation

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Before I start in on specific political topics, I want to lay out some foundation that will lie under the specifics. First, I’m a Christian, so my approach is necessarily rooted in Christian values and a belief that the Bible gives us God’s direction for what is best for human flourishing. Second, the Bible provides […]

Thinking in more positive terms about political issues

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From time to time over the past year when I’ve been tempted to write political rage posts, it has seemed to me that even though they’d be cathartic, that wouldn’t be all that constructive. And while I haven’t studied political theory or public policy much, writing helps me work through my thinking on issues. So, […]

Single Payer

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I was stuck in a hotel last night watching Paul Ryan’s speech, and after he ripped on Obamacare, I had to comment on twitter: Here's a way to straighten out Obamacare: go to single-payer. — Chris Hubbs (@cjhubbs) August 30, 2012 Fellow BHT patron (and, so far as I can tell, staunch conservative / libertarian) […]

Also Bring Cold Water

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Responses from right-wingers and evangelical Christians to the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” have been spread broadly throughout the cable news media and online news and opinion sites over the past few weeks. Initial responses were typical God-and-country red meat, proclaiming Ground Zero to be “hallowed ground”, and declaring that allowing Muslims to build a mosque […]

Fox News, knee-jerk reactions, and out-of-context statements

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If my previous posts in which I declared my support for Obama and for civilly-recognized gay marriage weren’t enough to convince my church friends that I have become a heathen leftist Commie pinko, I’ll probably do it with this post. Why? Because I’m going to be mildly critical of Fox News and of those who […]

Post-Election Thoughts

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So much has been said by so many this morning that I don’t really have anything brilliant to add. Still, I’ll consolidate a few thoughts here. The scene at Grant Park in Chicago last night was amazing. Just amazing. It’s good to have an election decided decisively. No nightmare like the month of November 2000 […]

Culture Warrior or Disciple?

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The Internet Monk’s latest post deserves more than just a bullet in my overnight links. Michael Spencer describes “Bob”, a man he met this past summer. Bob is “a very dedicated conservative evangelical, and a pleasant enough fellow….when he [isn’t] angry.” Bob was your stereotypical culture war evangelical. He was a Jesus follower, but his […]