Correlation, Causation, and the Philosophical Essence of the Inner Asshole


Greg Sargent, Want Trump removed? New data shows Fox News is a huge obstacle.

Jonathan Chait, Why Congress Might Impeach Trump and Actually Remove Him from Office

The two posts are contradictory in their tenor, but both, I believe, make the same mistake with regard to the direction of causality.

I do not believe that Trump supporters have embraced their inner asshole because they watch Fox News.

I believe they watch Fox News because they have embraced their inner asshole.

Bonnie Mann, The Toxic Masculinity of the Trump Administration: It took a woman to break the spell that appeared to put the president above the law.

Dr. Mann, who is professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon, gives a fascinating take on the philosophical nature of the kind of inner assholery embraced by the Trump base.


Greetings to today’s readers (so far), who come from Belgium, Canada, Germany, India, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Dear friends from afar, I am sure that some of you are wondering whether the United States is currently a reliable ally. It grieves me to say the answer is no. But we may get through this yet.