Arguments, Beliefs, Principles

I’m open about my beliefs: the enduring kind, as well as those that are more lightly held and are subject to intellectual musings.

Hundreds of my articles are publicly accessible online across several blog platforms. They’re usually free to read, though Medium’s paywall may kick in after you’ve read a few. (Please consider a paid subscription to Medium).

Take a quick look below to get a sense of what interests me, what’s important to me, and what my boundaries are.

Communication is important, so I’ve written about speech, conversation, and the quest for knowledge. (169 articles)

Dialogue and Civility41

We might have different belief systems or different life experiences, for example, and that might be OK. We might learn from each other’s perspectives, and it could be interesting. (74 articles)


Not all behaviors and choices are OK with me. I have spent quite a lot of time learning about organized hate, authoritarianism, denialism, and trolling. I write thorough, clear articles. I’m not available to respond to insincere demands for information, go in circles in adversarial dialogue with people who are not genuinely curious, remain in conversation with people who believe that my standpoint invalidates anything I might say, explain the obvious just because someone thinks it’s funny to “make” me do so, or re-explain what I’ve already explained just because someone wants to waste my time. To see the way I see it, please refer to the articles I’ve taken the time and personal risk to publish. To see it the way you see it, please do your own thinking. I’m happy to talk, but not if it supports organized hate, authoritarianism, denialism, and trolling. (464 articles)

Identity and Racism54
2016 U.S. election25
2020 and 2024 U.S. elections34
Fascism and Democracy55

Related themes (45 articles)

Russia and North Korea11
US-Mexico Border5
Outside the US15

All told, I’ve made available over 730 articles (as of May 2023), grouped by theme. They’re about democracy, dignity, knowledge, truth, goodness. They tend to be of substantial length and to cite sources. Some of them have been rewritten over the years to improve them. You may read, share, and use the commenting features on each article.