Well-constructed thought experiments help us understand a problem. They do not help us predict, either what will happen, or what would have happened.
They are the shepherds that protect us from the Muscovite wolves. They can use the money to build stronger fences around us.
Our emotional attachment to certain institutions, especially the presidency, signals us to think of our leader as something better than a pig. In that case, the emotional attachment has to go.
Plainly they do not want to protect society, or enforce laws for society’s benefit. They want to dominate society and intimidate citizens. Access to private information helps them do that.
Even if Trump’s appearance on the scene dismays many, we can be grateful for his daily reminders that “he alone can fix things.” That is the voice of power, not law.
When Trump’s apologists react as they do, they remind all of us that their obsequious loyalty to a person with no class makes them outstanding reporters of his faults.
Some might say a rupture that destroys democracy will come – we just don’t know when, where, or how. Look around you. It has already happened.
Not everyone in Britain wants to say good riddance, but many have looked to this day for a long time.
We would rule out skepticism only if we want to rule out investigation of diverse ideas or hypotheses. Why would we want to do that?
If you find a way to take money from the public treasury, you take it from your fellow citizens. If you find a way to withhold money from the public treasury, your fellow citizens may or may not admire you, but they will not regard you as a thief.