Okay Okay, I can't help it: A pure capitalist solution to the insurance mandate

Published on Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Everyone who's known me from grade school on knows I am passionate about social justice and politics. I recently heard Missouri voters rejected the insurance mandate in the new federal health care act. Perhaps the mandate is unconstitutional, but if that is the case, the right-leaning Supreme Court will overturn it. This got me to thinking however, maybe ideological capitalism might be the solution after all, we'd just need to make some adjustments to some of our cultural values. 

So here goes: 

Freedom from Responsibility

Published on Monday, 22 March 2010

A recent letter to the editor in the Pioneer Press decried the proposed seatbelt law in Minnesota that would allow police to ticket someone solely on the grounds of not wearing a seatbelt as a grave assault on our liberty. The problem with this "freedom from restraint" is it doesn't take into account the responsibilities that come with freedom. 

A proposal for how to say the word "primer"

Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2008

English has stupid spelling rules. I say this as someone who has never had much trouble with spelling. What would be nice is if we made sure to honor those words that actually follow the basic rules. The most glaring example is primer. In the United States we prefer to say PRIM-mer. Perhaps this is the result of American feelings of inadequacy at being a rough and wild outpost of the British Empire some 200 years ago, so we thought PRIM-mer sounded more erudite. Well, despite their frequent mutilation of the language (i.e.