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Is Brett Kavanaugh a “Good Man”? Does it Matter?

In the past week and a half, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been credibly accused of attempted rape and other acts of sexual assault. One consequence is that public conversation about his confirmation has changed dramatically. But it’s important not to lose sight of arguments about Kavanaugh’s confirmation that were in play before the allegations came to light because … Read more

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Appeals to Nuance and Platforming The Accused of Sexual Assault

One of the attractions of demagoguery—the political appeals to popular prejudices—is that it offers simple explanations to complex issues. Nuance can be lost in dangerous ways when demagoguery reigns supreme. It is often a pride of intellectuals to be champions of nuance in the fight against demagoguery. However, sometimes nuance can be a rhetorical tactic. This is apparent in the … Read more