In the United States, mere birth is a sufficient condition for citizenship, and there is certainly no requirement that politicians prove a sense of honor before being elected into power. I worry about this, though, because it is precisely when someone has no honor the governed have no assurances that they won’t use their power to trade our ends, for possession of their own mere means. Continue reading A Brief Account of Honor
On this view of self-expression, people are expressed by others who care about and trust them, not by themselves. Our voices and actions express the commitments of people we love and trust. To have self-expression, then, is achieved when someone else props you up for display, taking your beliefs as givens, and enacting your tastes, desires, and beliefs. Continue reading Self-Expression and Our Need for Each Other
…the gaslighter doesn’t communicate with her victim or seek to understand him, but rather speaks over him, tailoring her speech for the legitimator’s sake. In doing so, she trades her expressive freedom for the power to be believed. This deal is one that only the devil would offer. Continue reading Freedom of Expression for the Power to be Believed: The Gaslighter’s Deal.