Big Picture by Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor
Public policy, history, philosophy, some science, and occasional humor.
Created 04 Jan 2021
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  • The Implicitly Biased Implicit Bias Test
    03 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    The government of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, where I live, encourages people to take what’s called the “implicit bias test,” as do many other institutions. What is that test, and is the test it...
  • In a Giving Mood?
    02 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Happy Holidays everyone! A rare Thursday email in this Season of Giving comes with a brief note to say that if you enjoy this Substack and can afford to hit the “Subscribe” button for just a month’s p...
  • How Cancel Culture Works
    01 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 3 1
    There’s a lot of talk about “cancel culture,” a phenomenon in which a group of people (usually a relatively small group of people) noisily complain about someone, and before you know it the media is r...
  • Thanksgiving Week -- So You Think Your Life is Tough? Check Out Life in Early America – Part 3
    29 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Still not feeling thankful enough for your life today? Well let’s explore just how abjectly filthy everything was not too long ago. Filthy living conditions In a previous essay we discussed the dramat...
  • Thanksgiving Week -- So You Think Your Life is Tough? Check Out Life in Early America – Part 2
    26 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 2 1
    Following up on our first essay on why you should be more thankful than you are, let’s look at how much it sucked to be rich not too long ago. When only the rich could afford the most horrific medical...
  • Thanksgiving Week -- So You Think Your Life is Tough? Check Out Life in Early America – Part 1
    24 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    In a previous post, I discussed the benefits of the Stoic worldview, and quoted William B. Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. In that book, Irvine reminds us the study of...
  • Illegal Immigration Depresses Wages, Just as Slavery Did
    22 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    In previous essays, I explored how slavery not only stole the liberty of the slave, but also impoverished other Southern whites by depressing their wages to below the payment demanded by slaveowners t...
  • The Many Devastating Effects of Slavery – Part 2
    19 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    The false narrative of the New York Times’ 1619 Project includes the claim that “In order to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the [slave] planation.” But slavery i...
  • The Many Devastating Effects of Slavery – Part 1
    17 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
    Nikole Hannah Jones, creator of the 1619 Project, wrote an article in the New York Times Magazine entitled “What Is Owed,” in which she says her framing of American history demands that certain nation...
  • The Moon Race vs. Race
    15 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Recently, it’s become a trend to exclude Asian Americans from “minority” or “non-white” categories of race or ethnicity because Asian Americans as a group perform well when various outcomes are measur...
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