Monthly Archive: January 2009

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compromising yourself into the discussion

I feel like Ross is sort of missing the point concerning Matt Yglesias’s post that he quotes. To me, the central point of Matt’s post isn’t that deficits don’t matter in a time of...

6

Emerging From the Hedged Roe

Larison argues, contra Linker (and me), that overturning Roe wouldn’t end the culture wars with respect to abortion, but would instead merely decentralize them and make pro-life voters even more solidly Republican: It would...

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Roe and the Culture War Morass

In the comments to Chris’ excellent post on Roe v. Wade and the culture wars, I wrote: …The issue, fundamentally, is whether Roe was legally and Constitutionally correct; on that point, you would be...

3

Capitulation and Retreat

Alright, so apparently I have capitulated too much (as opposed to, say,”the blogger doth protest too much, methinks”) to Larison’s recent critique of my use of the term “dogmatic.” In sum, I used this...

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D. Linker on Culture War-Abortion

Damon Linker with a followup on the intra-left argument about whether Obama will end the culture war with a piece today in TNR.  He responds to the question of whether Obama can indeed heal...

7

Authority, Empathy, and Power

A while ago I attempted to wade through some of the differences I noticed between Cultural or Civilization Conservatives, and Fundamentalist Social Conservatives, perhaps because I was worried that too often members of both...

10

Stand Up Sociology

Jennifer Schuessler writing in the NyTimes Review of Books: Pity the poor Organization Man. Once upon a time, he ruled the American Century with his natty fedora and his quest for “belongingness.” Sure, every­one...

5

“To the Barricades!”

This will hopefully be the only call to activism that I will ever issue at this site.  But when legendary Blawger Walter Olson calls you out by name, it’s hard to continue sitting idly...

4

Talking About the Same Thing When the Other Side Won’t

Downblog, Kyle highlights and provides approval for a comment to my post this afternoon on the importance of “talking about the same thing.”  That comment was in response to my argument that ideology works...

15

goodbye to Culture11

If you Google “Culture11” you’ll find a ton of entries that say “My article at Culture11”. That’s because, in addition to tons of content from established (and David Brooks approved!) writers, the editors went...

0

Beyond the Stimulus?

David Leonhardt writing in the NyTimes: But while Washington has been preoccupied with stimulus and bailouts, another, equally important issue has received far less attention — and the resolution of it is far more...

3

Painting in broad strikes

Helen Rittlemeyer thinks I’m talking trash about her kind of conservatism.  In a previous post, I wrote: Often cultural conservatives are also religious, and consider religion to be an integral part of their civilization,...

2

Talking About the Same Thing

Professor Joseph Wagner of Colgate University, one of the three professors who most influenced the development of my early political thought, was fond of saying that the venom associated with certain issues was because...

15

Schools, segregation, and gay rights

Freddie asks: Hey, why would someone like me be more invested in building a legal defense of gay marriage specifically and a larger lattice of rights to defend gay people generally? Why, maybe because...

7

Of Maus and Men

Last night, which happened to be International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I attended a lecture by Pulitzer prize winning comic book artist (or graphic novelist) Art Spiegelman.  It was supposed to be a talk on...

23

pragmatics first

Hey, why would someone like me be more invested in building a legal defense of gay marriage specifically and a larger lattice of rights to defend gay people generally? Why, maybe because of things...

3

A Public-Private Partnership?

To Chris’ comments  about the banks and the knowledge of the debt that they hold, this is generally my view of things although I suspect that it is not as much that banks do not...

8

Sometimes the Quid Is Better than the Quo

There is much ado today about the fact that Obama, apparently in response to conservatives’ objections, has asked House Democrats to withdraw a provision in the stimulus package that would provide family planning money...

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