Why things change

Why things change

Yesterday on Facebook I saw someone say something along the lines of “Democrats try to hurry change, Republicans stand in the way, but things change at their own pace.”

No; things change because people change them. Just to pick an example: men would never have gotten together on their own and said “hey, let’s give women the right to vote.” Behind every major social change there are brave, hard-working people willing to push.

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This campaign reminds me of a very young me

This campaign reminds me of a very young me

I didn’t watch the debate on Monday. Instead I watched the final Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode from their Comedy Central run: Laserblast. It’s a Charles Band film and cheerfully entertaining in its own right, and then MST3K ended the series (they thought) with an elaborately staged spoof of Kubrick’s 2001. Actually, the episode is online. Just take ninety minutes and watch the whole thing.

Might as well; the rest of this post is about politics.

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So you are thinking about sending a message with your vote

So you are thinking about sending a message with your vote

Pro tip: don’t. Your vote is a poor messenger. You don’t vote to send a message. You carry it.

You might think that if droves of people vote for the Greens that will cause Democrats to say “hey, we need to be more like the Greens in order to get those votes.” This is what very technical people call a “category mistake:” you have mistaken political parties for businesses.

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