How political arguments work in practice.
Reactionary Centrism: a Response to Jonathan Chait
Jonathan Chait recently criticized a 2018 essay I wrote about “reactionary centrism," a term that's picked up some steam over
Welcome to the Era of Strategic Trolling
Trolling has a bad reputation. The term is usually used to describe bad faith arguments and the most annoying types
Avoiding the Process Trap — A Few Notes on the Forward Party
The curious case of Andrew Yang's Forward Party is a stark example of shortcut thinking in politics. Rather than developing
Stop Taking the Bait on Bad Faith Debates About Word Choices
There are a lot of rolling debates about specific word choices in political discourse that have very little to do
When It's Not Lying, It's Often Paltering
Recently, I was discussing some disinformation about the pandemic with a few colleagues who work in science communication. We were
Participatory Vs. Transactional Politics
A lot of debates about how to win elections and Do Politics Good are grounded in different views of how
On January 6th, Good Organizing Won
A year ago, a right wing mob, incited by a Republican president, stormed the U.S. Capitol in the hopes
Movie Review: Don't Look Up is the Science Communication Film We Deserve
SPOILER NOTE: I'm going to assume that readers have seen Don't Look Up or don't
care if they see spoilers.
Invisible Messaging: the Power of Agnotology in Political Rhetoric
Several years ago, at an earth science conference, I learned a new word that
would permanently change my understanding of
Messaging Does Not Generate Attention, Action and Provocation Do
Every time Democrats lose or even just underperform in an election, we see a
series of recriminations about their messaging,
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