Announcing Ex Medius

Hi folks! As you can tell, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. As usual, that is not for lack of interest in writing or political discourse, but rather a reflection of a gap I perceive in the reach and potential that this site has vs. what I would like it to have.In short – I’ve been discouraged by my ability to reach people through this platform. Thinking about the site critically, I think it has a few constraints that have been challenging: Naming the site with my own name – both limits who can contribute, as well …

An Opinionated Take on the Value of an Opinion

Are all opinions equally valuable? My claim is “no,” and here’s why.One thing that I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about over the past few months is assessing  different viewpoints, or opinions, and how we assign value or merit to them. Eschewing political correctness, the conclusion I’ve come to is this: there are inherently more valuable and less valuable opinions, and that value is roughly quantifiable.As you can imagine, dissecting this quickly gets sticky: what is a true opinion? How do we measure it’s value? To avoid diving into this too far, I’m going to present some basic …

Brief Thoughts on Trump’s Actions on Immigration

I really do promise to keep this one brief: Let’s start where we can all agree: Trump’s executive order on immigrants from seven nations was horribly crafted and displays an arrogance and incompetence that is deeply troubling. Real lives were severely impact by this: families were separated, others are being kept from their jobs and lives that they’ve established here (green card holders as well as many on student and work visas who have setup a life here). This is where a lot of the anger comes from on this issue, and it should make you angry. Moving beyond that: …

How Sufficient Ought Our Personal “Safety Net” Be?

Last week I wrote about defining a political worldview based off seven fundamental questions. Today we’ll focus on the first of those questions: how sufficient ought our personal “safety net” be.First, a few words to help clarify the topic: The assertion here is that this is focused around a “safety net” that is guaranteed by the federal government. It does leave open interpretation that the delivery of that could be by different agents: e.g. delivered by states rather than the federal government (that is a separate philosophical question). Assessing this question is meant to focus on what a person considers …