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In the interest of starting to push things from the old era off the front page

I thought I’d put up a quick post noting that Jason and I are among the contributors to the Daily Nous “Philosophers on the U.S. election” symposium. (I am not, of course, a philosopher, but they didn’t seem to mind.)

Jason’s work has been appearing in lots of places this week; for some odd reason there’s a sudden upsurge of interest.

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Author: Jacob T. Levy
  • j_m_h

    While I didn’t read all the posting and largely scanned the one’s I looked at I am a bit shocked at the statements as the losing sides in most elections all think the potential for the sky falling just increased astronomically. Moreover the rhetoric post the outcome seems very measured suggesting that for the most part Trumps campaign promises are likely to go the way most of such “promises” go — out the window once in the chair.
    I think more interesting was that over the weekend I passed by a guy begging on one of the intersections in Arlington. We made some contact and exchange nods and a a quick wave of the hand. I’m not sure what he was thinking at the time as I was dressed more like a construction worker and driving an F350 dually pick-up. One the way back from where I was going I passed through the same intersection and handed the guy a $5. The light was red so we chatted a bit.
    Two things were interesting to me there. First, his comment was that he could now get a cup of coffee — clearly he knows Starbucks 😉
    The other thing was we touch on the election results. He said he was hoping for the first woman president but now that it was over was waiting to see if Trump would be like he was during the election. It seems this bum on the street understood that during the campaigns the candidates all seem to rely on hyperbole and that our elections seem to be more about mud flinging that anything else. (A signaling model here?). Seems like he’s has both more at stake and more willingness to wait to get the actual facts before letting his emotion drive his thinking.