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12 February 2016

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Can language really capture reality?

Dan Kaufman explains Wittgenstein's long misunderstood views on that question.
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It’s the intolerance, stupid

Robert Wright makes the case for expanding your moral imagination. Plus: A scientifically respectable “higher purpose.”

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“What’s your greatest hope for the next 10 years?”

For our tenth anniversary, we asked some of BhTV’s oldest friends to reflect on the past decade.

Trust funds for all?

Sandy Darity outlines his proposal for alleviating wealth disparity in the U.S. Plus: Why your parents really matter.

Shortage of meaning

Paul Froese, author of On Purpose, investigates why the American poor have more stuff, but less sense of meaning than the poor of the world. Plus: No time for death anxiety.

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How Rubio’s caution could be hurting him

National Review’s Alexis Levinson says Marco Rubio’s avoidance of saying anything wrong can make it seem like he’s not saying anything at all. Plus: Too early to write off Jeb?

A defense of hypocrisy

Mathematicians Glen Whitney and John Allen Paulos consider why we should expect people to be inconsistent. Plus: Are we ruled by coincidence?

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Why you shouldn’t be afraid of ISIS

Michael Cohen says GOP fear mongering has reached new heights in the foreign policy arena. Plus: Why Iowa doesn’t matter.

Why reporters shouldn’t be nice

Bill Scher and Alexis Levinson say hard-hitting questions from debate moderators are totally fair. Plus: Why Trump’s debate boycott was a “great call.”

The DMZ

Bernie bros and the generational divide over Hillary

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Bill Scher discusses the challenges Clinton faces with young voters who were raised on hard-left critiques of her record.

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Wealth as a sign of God’s blessing

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Journalist Sarah Posner explains how Donald Trump has exposed rifts in the evangelical movement.

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Woodruff & Strauss

Who’s surging in New Hampshire?

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss talk about the Republican candidates jostling for position in the upcoming primary. Plus: Clinton’s Wall Street speaking fees.

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Finding meaning inside the Beltway

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Heather Hurlburt on the hidden spiritual lives of public servants. Plus: the importance of being hokey.

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Just toughen up?

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Philosophers Massimo Pigliucci and Daniel Fincke consider the difference between being stoic and being a Stoic. Plus: Advice on dealing with loss.

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Does Jeb still have a shot?

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Daniel Strauss says Jeb Bush may still have a path to the nomination. Plus: Who will take down Trump?