Jeff's political rants

A few of the essays here are the result of careful thought. Most, however, were ideas that I've always been planning on clarifying, updating, and elaborating on. Many are trite and trivial. If you find anything useful here, that's great. If you're bored to tears, well don't say I didn't warn you.

As of June 2007, I have started a blog, JPG Rants, at If I actually find that I continue with that, I will seek a way to consolidate what is here on with what is there.

Preaching Prevention and Family Values
How conservative Christians fail to recognize that their own preaching against pre-marital sex is contributing to a very real problem of family breakdown. Instead they should focus their energy on preaching against pre-marital pregnancy. This is my first blog posting at JPG Rants.
In defense of the electoral college
Before you write me off as a lunatic, please read enough of the essay to understand which aspects of the EC I'm defending. This also describes the kind of voting reform (Condorcet) that I do advocate.
A tale of two principles
The 2000 Presidential elections and how we adopt noble principles based on self-interest
Why the Left should support school vouchers
When I originally wrote that, I wasn't aware of others making the same argument. Since then, the point has sprung up many times and in many places.
Why I am not a Libertarian
I have a great deal of sympathy for Libertarians. But ultimately I don't count myself among them. This essay sketches some of the reasons why.
I started with the is Zionism nationalism (to which I answer yes), and intended to work into a longer essay on nationalism. But that was on September 9, 2001. I sort of got caught up in other issues after that.
September 11, 2001
Comments made in the weeks after the attacks, but before the invasion of Afghanistan. In retrospect, some of my comments were right on target, others were later proved wrong. The beginning is a bit trite, but some of the issues discussed deeper in it are still worth reading I think
Comments on an attempt to boycott the movie Enigma for anti-Polish bias.
Hardly any big points here, but I've also published some of the very thoughtful responses I've had to this.

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