Here, on The Other Side, we expect to have our cake and eat it, too. What’s the point of having a cake if you can’t eat it? Here, we try the same thing twice and expect a different result. In golf, that’s called practice. Here, we don’t believe that there are exceptions to the rule. If there’s an exception, then it’s not a rule.*

We’re skeptics. We question conventional wisdom.

The stock market goes up faster when Republicans occupy the White House, right? Not for the last 40 years, and it’s not a close call. Private enterprise is more efficient than government, right? It’s not, by a lot. Self-regulation is a good idea, right? Only if you own stock in a bank.

This is The Other Side of Obvious. This is where logic makes sense, facts are verifiable, and the numbers add up. This is where bullshit comes to die.

* We also run with scissors, in the “Short Takes” section.

Illustration by Jack Hornady