Category «Politics»

The Courage of One’s Convictions Corrections

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Psychologists have raised doubts about whether we can reliably reason our way to true beliefs. Numerous studies suggest we’re prone to “motivated reasoning.” We sometimes argue against the facts due to unconscious goals that don’t aim at the truth. The New Yorker and Vox interviewed Brendan Nyhan and Dan Kahan, respectively, two researchers who study …

Stop Saying Money Isn’t Speech

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In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down limits on the total amount an individual can contribute to political candidates, parties, and action committees. The 5–4 decision said that “aggregate limits” violate the First Amendment’s protection of political speech and political association. In contrast, “base limits” lawfully restrict how much an …