A good-faith discussion

💬 I know we’ve talked about this a few times, but I thought we should actually have the conversation all the way through. This year has seen a significant increase in protests against racism in various forms. …


If systemic racism exists, we have a lot of work to do. If it doesn’t, then all these protests are wrong when they claim it does.

If it exists, and…


Scientists agree that COVID-19 is a pandemic, that it is deadly, and that drastic government actions can work in containing its spread. Countries that followed these scientists have all but


The Republican Party has been less interested in democracy than the Democrats for at least 20 years. Unsurprisingly, ever since Trump took over the party, the gap between the two parties has grown even bigger.

This might not be all that concerning if the Republican Party stood for some sort…


Health Care Policies

“If you cannot define a problem clearly, you cannot propose a solution. ‘Systemic racism’ or ‘institutional racism’ or ‘implicit racism’ is a miasmatic, deliberately vague charge. Name the racist policy, name the racist person, so we can all fight the racism together.” -Ben Shapiro

While I disagree with his claim…


There’s a narrative out there about how President Trump oversaw a booming economy before COVID. And to some extent, that story is true: the stock market surged. GDP was growing…


More people died of COVID in the past week than died in the attacks of 9/11 and Pearl Harbor combined.

And just think — 9/11 led to the creation of…


Homeownership Policies

“If you cannot define a problem clearly, you cannot propose a solution. ‘Systemic racism’ or ‘institutional racism’ or ‘implicit racism’ is a miasmatic, deliberately vague charge. Name the racist policy, name the racist person, so we can all fight the racism together.” -Ben Shapiro

I will take Shapiro at his…


#cancelstudentdebt

Various plans for cancelling student loan debt, or at least reducing it substantially, have been proposed by Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senate Minority (and maybe soon Majority?) Leader Chuck Schumer, and President-Elect Joe Biden.

Many people believe that education is one of the best ways to help people help themselves —…


“[T]raining in rhetoric . . . allows you to defend yourself against yourself, to cultivate an interior countercheck. The more odious you might find that opposing opinion, the more you should seek to know what would make someone hold such an opinion.” — Richard Lanham

What is Countercheck?

Politics are divisive, and rhetoric…

Jeff Swift

PhD in Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media. Democracy junkie. Father of three.

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