Analysis Economics Politics Semantics

The Jobless Rate Is Not 3.5% It’s 37%

There’s a lot of happy talk about the incredibly low unemployment rate these days but it’s a misleading statistic. As Erik Sherman explains in an April 2018 op-ed for Forbes Magazine, “the unemployment rate is the ratio of the number of unemployed people to the total workforce, which itself is the sum of the employed […]

Analysis Politics Rhetoric Semantics

The Polls and Headlines of Modern Propaganda

A recent poll question sponsored by USA Today/Suffolk University has caused quite a stir in the media… President Trump has called the Special Counsel’s investigation a ‘witch hunt’ and said he’s been subjected to more investigations than previous presidents because of politics. Do you agree? Unless they are tuned for detecting bullshit, poll respondents will […]

Politics Semantics Social/Culture

Sounds Like Socialism?

Ever since I can remember there has always been a strong anti-socialist sentiment amongst certain Americans, especially those of conservative sway but from what I can tell most of that sentiment is based on political fallacy rather than a critical understanding of what socialism actually is. Samuel Wurzelbacher (Joe the Plumber) provided a perfect example […]

Politics Semantics

Who are the Insurgents?

Have you ever noticed that the White House tells us that the Iraqis are fighting on our side against foreign insurgents? Are the insurgents really foreign or are they simply the Iraqis that don’t agree with our solution? If the later case is true then why are we referring to them as if they aren’t […]