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As we com­plete work on some up­dates to my Vo­cab­u­lary Sy­napse App, I think I'd like to set the record straight on a few com­monly mis­used words.

1. Racism: What it is: judg­ing some­one by the color of their skin, rather than the con­tent of their char­ac­ter.

What it is not: op­pos­ing a par­tic­u­lar be­hav­ior that has some cor­re­la­tion with a par­tic­u­lar skin color. It's bad be­cause: It's just not a very pre­dic­tively ac­cu­rate way to judge peo­ple. It's un­re­li­able and sort of stupid.

Notes: Judg­ing some­one by their man­ner of dress, speech, re­spon­si­bil­ity, and abil­ity is not racist.

2. Sex­ism What it is: be­liev­ing that a per­son's bi­o­log­i­cal sex makes them un­fit for jobs and roles that have noth­ing to do with their bi­o­log­i­cal sex.

What it is not: Op­pos­ing tax funded birth con­trol, or op­pos­ing in­ac­cu­rate health in­sur­ance pric­ing. It's bad be­cause: It's in­ac­cu­rate, non pre­dic­tive, and eco­nom­i­cally waste­ful.

3. Lib­er­tar­i­an­ism What it is: You own your body and the fruits of your la­bor. You are re­spon­si­ble for the con­se­quences of your ac­tions. It is free­dom+re­spon­si­bil­ity.

What it is not: You can do what­ever you want, and tax­pay­ers will pay for the con­se­quences of your he­do­nism. It is not wel­fare+ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity.

It's good be­cause: It leads to free­dom to pur­sue hap­pi­ness and ex­cel­lence. It is the only morally le­git­i­mate po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy. Re­spect­fully, Arvin Vohra

Arvin Vohra

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