Just Be Honest About What You’re Doing

On Saturday, in response to a question from ESPN’s Mark Saxon, Dexter Fowler voiced his opposition to the Trump administration’s failed attempt to ban entry to the U.S. by nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, where his wife Darya was born and many of his extended family still live. The story got picked up on social […]

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The Motte-and-Bailey Method of Cardinals Trollery

Ten years ago, Oxford University philosopher Nicholas Shackel published a controversial paper that critiqued the overreliance of postmodernist analysis—wait, stop, come back—on what he called “motte-and-bailey doctrines.” The name comes from a style of medieval fortification—stay with me, we’re almost through this—that Shackel describes as follows: Being dark and dank, the Motte is not a […]

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