Paul Crider

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Paul Crider is a husband and father living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He daylights as a semiconductor engineer but otherwise likes to spend his time reading and writing. He grew up in Oklahoma before migrating to California for graduate school in chemistry.

The Open and Closed Political Axis

The Open and Closed Political Axis

The open society is more politically secure when it has adherents in all major parties than when it depends on one side of the aisle. The powerful inertia of polarization…

Social Justice for Mortals

Social Justice for Mortals

The insistence that corporations can only have cynical motives sabotages our ability to use social scaffolding for the ends of social justice. So what if entrepreneurs target minority markets initially…

Democracy Strikes Back

Democracy Strikes Back

In this essay I will argue that democracy is consistent with the essential requirements of a liberal government and that democracy is ethically and even epistemically superior to a close…

Principles of Liberalism

Principles of Liberalism

It’s beginning to sound cliché to say liberalism is in crisis, but anti-liberal parties are on the rise across Europe, Brexit is generally understood to be a…

Diversity and Forbearance

Diversity and Forbearance

In moments of crisis for the liberal democratic system, it’s worth asking ourselves whether the system is even worth it…