New Patch on Old Cloth?

October 30, 2010

(Or do I just want to teach an old dog an old trick?)

The Constitution originally provided that, while the members of the House of Representatives would be elected directly by the people, members of the Senate would be chosen by state legislatures.  This part of the Constitution remained unchanged for most of our country’s history.  Then, about a hundred years ago, the Seventeenth Amendment made senators directly elected, like congressmen. Read the rest of this entry »

Buck That Trend

August 23, 2010

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We know that, in modern American society, the average intelligence of the population is declining gradually over time, probably at least partly because

  1. contraceptives make it easy for people to choose whether to have children (and how many)
    and
  2. Read the rest of this entry »