Mar 19

Occam’s Razor and the Trump Era

Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.

— Occam’s Razor [Wikipedia]

Cuts to anti-poverty programs. Cuts to programs that ensure children are fed. Cuts to agencies that preserve civil rights. Cuts to health care for 24 million Americans. Cuts to programs that work for environmental justice. Cuts to federal housing programs. And a new tax policy that would benefit the most wealthy Americans. (Some links: NY Times, Washington Post, CNN, Tax Policy Institute)

And in all cases, the most convoluted explanations of why.

I’ve seen people try to explain how these actions aren’t simply Draconian. I’ve seen people try to explain this away as if this was somehow a traditional Republican v. Democratic view of government.

It’s not.

And this is where Occam’s Razor is important. Occam’s Razor, at it’s root, is simply this: When faced with many explanations for a situation, the simplest one is the best explanation.

And that leads us to this:

Those in power in the American government simply do not care about the people these policies will hurt.

Let me say that again:

Occam’s Razor demands that we understand this simple fact: ┬áPresident Trump and his Republican allies do not care about the people his policies hurt.

This isn’t about competing views of government. This isn’t the traditional Republican vs. Democratic views of how we view our country. This is kleptocracy. This is “I got mine” governance. This is about people who view wealth as moral justification for crimes against their fellow Americans.

Those of us who want to ensure schools provide free breakfasts and lunches to the kids who need them… those of us who believe that we cannot step backward in our fight for a more just world have to understand this.

They don’t care what happens to those they hurt. This means they do not care about the people they hurt.

And we have to hold them accountable for that.