Paul F. deLespinasse



Oct 16, 2018
Mainstream political science today resembles the incoherence of chemistry before Mendeleev discovered his periodic table of the elements. It is my hope that making political science more like chemistry will allow it to make equally spectacular progress.


Oct 9, 2018
A bit of sarcasm: If Congress finds it impossible to strengthen the IRS, perhaps in the name of equity it should stop requiring employers to report information about wages and salaries paid to their workers. This would at least distribute the opportunity to cheat on taxes more equally.


Oct 2, 2018
Laws can solve some problems but are not effective at solving others. We need to move beyond law and find better ways to combat employment discrimination.


Sep 25, 2018
We need to avoid getting all of our information and perspectives from one source, no matter how much we like what we find there. Why waste the opportunities given to us by our rich multiplicity of media channels and protected by the First Amendment?


Sep 18, 2018
Although directly regulating prices , except for public utility monopolies , is not a legitimate government function, prices for fossil fuels can be raised indirectly by imposing higher taxes on them.


Sep 11, 2018
One nice thing about recall elections is that they pose a straightforward question: retain or fire the official in question. There is no other candidate on the ballot, and if the president is removed the next president is simply the next person specified ex officio.


Aug 28, 2018
When any politician claims a mandate to do something, our response should be to tell that official to get serious and tell us why doing it would be a good idea rather than trying to stamp it with a good housekeeping seal of public approval.


Aug 21, 2018
Civil disobedience to pseudolaws can be a very good idea, but only within certain broad limits. Although it can be a very useful tool for improving society or preventing it from getting worse, civil disobedience may not be such a good idea in very bad societies.

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