“If you consent to being governed, is that a form of governing?”

Irami: If you consent to being kissed, is that a form of kissing?

The attraction of consent for liberals is that they don’t have to engage in the activity with the other person in mind, in order to…


Why the Left needs to get comfortable using government to secure the nuclear family.

It’s not obvious that nuclear families are institutions of freedom, but I’ll make the case starting with families in general, then draw a narrower focus on the particularly virtues of the nuclear family, and finish with…


Tractor Cab

I was chatting with a GPS programmer for John Deere. The conversation was fascinating. Apparently, legacy farmers are upset because in order to stay competitive, they have to mortgage tractors that cost as much as a house, and if something happens, the farmers can’t just fix the machinery themselves, like…


We don’t talk about amending the Constitution. I suspect that’s because we don’t really know what constitutions are for. Nobody taught us. I’m going to take a few paragraphs to lay this out and propose a few amendments to chew on.

Constitutions, in general, secure the specific character of the…


Infrastructure and essential workers are two abused concepts. The two concepts are thrown around at whim. There is this notion that there is a non-political answer to what is infrastructure or who the essential workers are, even as we are talking about the infrastructure and essential workers for a nation…


Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a movement that grew out of Critical Legal Theory.

Critical Legal Theory is a realist attack against legal formalism.

What is formalism? Formalism is the notion that there are certain methods that can be legitimately applied, regardless of the object’s content. Formalism is everywhere. Let’s…


I start philosophy classes with Book I of Aristotle’s Physics.

The text is dense. It doesn’t teach itself, but I’m there. And I’m funny. The text introduces a few important concepts: elements, causes, starting points, and the relevance of wholes and parts.

Then I just go down a list.

Elements


There are many arguments for a Federal Job Guarantee. This argument ties the program to the realization of freedom.

Pay attention to two recurring insights: freedom emerges through infusing an ethical principle that 1) accounts for how the options presented to people are calibrated to be attentive to, or reflect…


Instead of casting healthcare as a human right, we should conceive the lack of healthcare as a problem for civil, political, and family freedom. …


I’m reading debates in early modern philosophy, and I’m amused by how much they help explain our contemporary political problems. I think I can write this down in plain English. Here you go:

We want to be able to categorize the world, not just in the abstract, but we want…

Irami Osei-Frimpong

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