Monthly Archive: July 2009


Impulses and Vectors

Responding to my defense of the value of libertarianism/blatant excuse to repost Mr. Henley’s Jester quote, OG regulars Michael Drew and Bob make some great points about the idea of libertarianism-as-vector that led me...


Widespread Panic

I was going to debunk Andy McCarthy’s un-sourced descent into the fever swamps of ”Obama Birther-ism”, but Philip Klein has already gone and done the work for me, so go give his piece a...


government and monopoly

“Monopolies are not innovative, whether they are public or private.”  ~ Megan McArdle “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do Two can be as bad as one It’s the loneliest number since...


Slippery Slopes

Andrew Sullivan’s dissection of one Boston cop’s overtly racist response to the Gates arrest is worth reading in full, but this part caught my eye: And the more you read, the more you realize...


Standing Athwart History Yelling “Ha-Ha!”

[UPDATED] In response to William’s discussion of Nozick’s classic Anarchy, State, and Utopia, commenter Travis makes what is I think a fairly typical argument for dismissing libertarians: The nonexistence, in human history, of any...


caniculares dies

Well it really is the dog days of summer, isn’t it?  My motivation to blog has dissipated with the dissipating rains.  The heat is one possible culprit.  Then, too, the various controversies that have...


What the…?

Seriously, what drives people to be so stupid?  I mean, beyond the racism, beyond all those deep personal problems, what compels somebody to actually put their job on the line like this?



I saw the Broadway production of Wicked this past weekend.  It was very good.  An under study performed the part of Elphaba, the wicked witch, and she was superb….


More Ad Space Please

The lengths companies will go to use any available eye-line to try to sell me something is beyond belief.   Let me explain.  I’m walking to work this morning and pass a cement mixing truck...


hawks and owls

So, lately I’ve been trying to branch out a bit more – to see what the movement conservatives have to say and pay it a little more heed (rather than focusing only on the...


I liked

David Brooks’ latest column better as a book.


quote for the day

Last night I was sitting with my two-year-old daughter and she was playing with her Cinderella toy and her Mermaid and she’s talking away, and then at one point she says (Cinderella to the...


You’re surprised?

Stacy McCain: With all the humor I could muster, I’ve tried to broker peace. Now, however, the pilots have been scrambled, the jets are fueled and fully armed, and if a stand-down order is...


Some thoughts after starting Nozick.

I’m finally reading Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia, and I’m a hundred pages in and enjoying it so far. There are plenty of nicely conceived thought experiments. But I’m not a libertarian, and...


Practice what you preach

While I suppose we should all be glad that Townhall has officially disavowed the Obama ‘Birther’ movement, it’s hard to take them seriously when they’re simultaneously sending out ads for Birther merchandise.


Is the Criminal Justice System racist?

For the prosecution: Bruce Western. For the defense: Heather Mac Donald. As someone who is inclined to find fault with the status quo, I expected agree with Western, but Mac Donald’s defense of the...