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Friday, July 01, 2016

Neil deGrasse Tyson Has a Bit of a Point

Neil deGrasse Tyson's suggestion for the constitution of Rationalia

Earth needs a virtual country: #Rationalia, with a one-line Constitution: All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence
has come in for mostly justified criticism on the grounds that some political controversies are about values rather than beliefs.

On the other hand, some people make the opposite mistake. For example, Donald Trump and supporters think the free-trade controversy is a matter of some people being disloyal to America rather than believing free trade is better for Americans. (As for the actual merits of free trade… From a factual point of view, it has not caused a decline in American manufacturing. From a theoretical point of view, every dollar sent overseas come back eventually.)

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