psychology

Social progress as the gradual extension of human rights

The progress of civilization - of (negative) rights, can largely be framed as the extension of personhood to every human being. Sometimes this process can take centuries or even millennia to reach certain groups. To put things in a slightly more rigorous way, the right I am talking about here is the right not to be Read more [...]

E-Prime and Politics – how a little thought can avert a lot of strife

"That movie was funny" takes an opinion and presents it as an objective fact. But it is not possible to objectively (that is to say, outside of the observation of a human) evaluate the merits of a movie. There is not a movie in existence that will have been liked by everyone. No matter how funny some people will find a Read more [...]

The origins of Statism in child abuse

If you punish children, most will grow up believing that they were punished because they were bad. They grow up believing that others are bad, too. That human beings must be beaten to stop them from hitting each other. That without this coercive parent, social relations would, almost overnight, descend into chaos. Thus, Read more [...]