The intellectual dichotomy between scientists and libertarians, while superficially plausible, is at its core a false one. That’s why I’m marching.
With an impending protest march and scientists unsure about taking a public political stance, striking the balance between objectivity and activism has rarely been more salient in modern America.
Apropos of tomorrow’s official vote by the Electoral College, I put together a map showing how the influence of states would have changed in 2016 in a proportional EC system. (Admittedly, it was really just an excuse to turn the U.S. into a giant heat map.)
The vote tallies are (mostly) in for the 2016 election cycle, and we’ve hit another anomalous event. Twice now in the 21st century, the winner of the Electoral College vote (and hence the presidency) lost the national popular vote. Prior to 2000, the last time a split vote happened was 1888 and, not surprisingly, the increasing frequency of its occurrence has led to yet more pontifications against the Electoral College per se.
Imagine the rising din of buzzing wings. Millions of mosquitoes flitting about in dense swarms on a small island.
Now imagine an equally cacophonous sound: the dissent of the residents living on that island.