Daily Archive: August 24, 2009

12

Was it worth it?

As I understand it, nobody suggests that torture is an ideal policy option. Most people who defend the Bush Administration argue that the unique threat of international terrorism justifies the use of certain otherwise-reprehensible...

6

Kagan doesn’t get it

Of the four or five thinkers who have had the greatest impact on my thinking, I would probably rank Reinhold Niebuhr near or at the top.  I’m not really in the mood to give...

6

Podcast: Conspiracy Nation

I was able to persuade Steven Harris of Mary Washington College – one of my favorite undergraduate professors – to record a podcast on the Obama “Birther” movement. We also covered media fragmentation, the...

10

aesthetics in everything

I stayed at a quaint bed and breakfast this weekend in a charming old mining town on a little mountain in the desert.  It’s now home to dozens of artists and artisans – painters,...

23

Bill Cassidy is not a bright man

Via Pandagon: Democrats are choosing to “go it alone” without the country if they opt to pass healthcare reform on a party-lines basis, one Republican congressman accused Thursday. “If they go it alone without...

2

new Bloggingheads with Reihan and Rortybomb

I’m happy to say that a favorite of mine, Rortybomb– aka Mike Konczal (whose real name I didn’t know until I saw this)– has made his Bloggingheads debut, and alongside the always brilliant Reihan,...

8

surely you jest

I think this post is mostly just a bit of being a punk, and as you know, I’m a big supporter of being a bit of a punk. But come now, Conor. One policy...

5

The Hassan Chop of Logic

Br. Will links to an interesting review of Christopher Caldwell’s new book Reflections on the Revolution in Europe by Michelle Goldberg. Will notes that he thinks there is cause for real concern–without going into...

12

Bad News Bears

Charlie Cook, of Cook Political Report fame, is very good at what he does, and when he says that the Democrats are looking at significant losses in next year’s midterm elections, it’s worth paying...

0

note

So– Conor Clarke has written to me to suggest that I have misrepresented him here. (And misspelled his name.) The offending post is here, and the offending line is, “both sides have crazies, and...

9

It’s About Structure, Not Volume

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry has a good piece up that explores some of the same ground I explored in my self-critique of libertarianism, although he unfortunately does so without the assistance of Monty Python.  Gobry’s central...

Editor Picks