Daily Archive: February 1, 2010

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This Bill Murray?

Anne Laurie at Balloon Juice, in a longish (and at points very interesting) post making a number of different comparisons, has this to say about Ross Douthat: But Ross Douthat is nowhere so obvious....

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Relativism

It would seem that among his other grievances against the American Left, James O’Keefe has also adopted the long-standing charge that American academia is dominated by left-wing relativists, etc., specifically charging that this was...

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I’ll Take “War on Sniffles” for $800, Alex

In addition to the continued absurdity of escalating the War on Drugs Meth Sniffles by requiring a prescription for basic cold medicine, I’m pretty sure that this is a really good way of ensuring...

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Stranger in the Rye

Speaking of Holden Caulfield, io9’s excellent “Blogging the Hugos” series has picked out a few interesting parallels between Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land and The Catcher in the Rye.

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Is Islam incompatible with democracy?

No, according to Larry Diamond, whose paper on Arab democracy is worth reading in full. Here’s an excerpt worth considering for the “Islam is a fundamentally retrograde, anti-modern religion” crowd:

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Allow Me to Introduce Myself…

A professor in my History department, known colloquially as “the department anarchist”, and I spent an afternoon discussing my problems getting undergraduates to read Homer, Saint Augustine, and Dante in the same month. “Don’t...

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