As the frustration with Trump boils with many accross the country, a touch of perspective is needed lest the outrage defeat the purpose of opposing Trump's agenda.

But how to communicate that to those who have gone so far as to brand all opponents (and sometimes those who aren't oppesed enough for their tastes) as "evil"? How does one demonstrate that showing compassion for Muslim refugees and others who may fall victim of Trump's policies is consistent with not demonizing Trump and his supporters?

I think Penn Jillette does the job as well as anyone can in his latest podcast, Penn's Sunday School: There’s No Such Thing As Evil.

Overcast link to the part of the podcast where Penn starts talking about this

Direct link to the mp3 file. Begin at 26:42.

Warning: by 44:35, he'll be done making his point and start to make references to jokes made earlier in the podcast that... well, they'll make no sense and may come accross as disgusting without having heard the earlier part of the podcast. So given that, you may want to listen from the start.

(It'll probably still be disgusting, but it will be funny with context)

Quote of the Day

from Scott Shackford at Reason Magazine

So what I would recommend to anybody calling for an alliance between libertarians and the left (regardless of whichever side is making the call) is not look at Trump as some particularly remarkably bad outlier and anomaly (though he is certainly giving every sign he's going to be remarkably bad), but as an expression of the constantly present dangers of authority that cares only about the "right" outcomes and nothing about legal foundations and limits to power based on defenses of human liberty and civil rights.

(please do read the whole article)

Any alliance between liberals and libertarians against Trump, cannot be predicated only upon resisting Trump alone. At a minimum, must be based in limiting the powers of the presidency, and preserving due process under the law.

Anything less is asking libertarians to accept an imperial presidency, so long as it's a Democrat one. No sale.

Trump on the North Carolina Pissing Contest

How weird is it getting? Trump's acting like the reasonable one here.

From Reason:

Asked about the big culture-war issue of the moment, public restroom access for trans individuals, Trump said he thinks North Carolina should have left things alone. "North Carolina did something that was very strong, and they're paying a big price," said Trump. But if it was up to him, he would "leave [bathroom access] the way it is! There have been very few problems. There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate, there has been so little trouble."

Yeah, both sides have been making WAY too much over this "issue". I suspect there are culture war profiteers on both sides trying to stir this up.