Daily Archive: September 25, 2009

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just for a little context

I linked to Jon Chait’s epic takedown of Ayn Rand previously. Will Wilkinson responded here. I didn’t think that Wilkinson’s response was up to the challenge of convincingly disputing Chait’s piece, and I particularly...

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Chart of the Day II

Andrew Samwick points us to this rather disturbing portrait of Max Baucus and his vast web of lobbyists.  Did you know he’s received over $4 million dollars nearly $5 million dollars from the health...

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Chart of the Day

Contra Sullivan, I don’t think Mark J. Perry is indicating that Obama is somehow a “liberal Reagan” but this is an interesting comparison to the economic mess we were in about the time I...

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“The guy is a worm. He’s a worm.”

I find myself falling more in line with Will Wilson’s analysis of the Matt Latimer “loyalty” question than I do with Conor Frieserdorf. One thing that Latimer’s defenders keep arguing is that somehow the...

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The “Low-Hanging Fruit” Theory of Democracy Promotion

Jamelle and Daniel Larison are, I think, absolutely right about the dangers of democracy promotion. Beyond the garden-variety problems posed by newly democratic governments, another thing to consider is that the so-called “third wave”...

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NEW BLOG ALERT

For those of you who weren’t there when I introduced myself a few months ago, I’m a recent graduate of the University of Virginia.  And at the University I majored in “Political & Social...

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the last fiscal conservative

A voice crying in the wilderness: At some point, taxes have to be back on the table as the price that must be paid for profligate spending. Only then will the American people realize...

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Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun

On foreign policy, I’m something of a realist/intervention-skeptic, which is why I’m inclined to agree with Daniel Larison when he argues that democratization isn’t terribly compatible with stability: Egypt and Jordan can remain at...

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funny baby

This reminds me of my daughter, who Loves! to dance.  This is pretty hysterical.

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red tories, competitive federalism, etc.

I’d like to follow up a bit on my post from yesterday which was pretty critical of Phillip Blond and his latest piece on liberalism.  First off, let me just say that I do...

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Conor’s response

Integrity and personal example compelled me to link to Conor’s response to me, which I failed to do, and I must. So linked. You should read it, if you read my previous post on...

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Seeing Red (Toryism)

ED’s post on Philip Blond and his (quixiotic?) brand of Red Toryism is definitely worth the read. Blond goes way too far in trying to argue–in a way weirdly reminiscent of Jonah Goldberg–that liberalism...

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Why do my co-bloggers hate America?

Freddie and Jamelle decided to honor the Boss’s 60th birthday by posting . . . a Joy Division playlist and some Misfits. Well, here’s “Thunder Road”: And here’s “Open All Night”:

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speaking of genius

Ramones music + Elvis vocals + lyrics about zombies, werewolves and aliens = genius. Pure genius. It’s a gorgeous day in Rhode Island, and I got the music on.

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Friday Genius Ten

Okay, I meant to put one of these up last week, but I didn’t.  Thankfully, this is a particularly good mix, which will hopefully make up for the fact that I’ve been really derelict...