‘A braintrust of Other Ways’


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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8 Responses

  1. Avatar Bob Cheeks says:

    Do you see yourself, in some degree, to be anti-statist? What is your opinion of the current regime?Report

  2. Avatar Rufus says:

    I was reading Benjamin Constant today and he had a line, which I didn’t write down sadly, to the effect that we need to have significant parts of our life that are beyond the jurisdiction of politics. What keeps occurring to me, as I try to figure out if I’m least fond of Liberalism, Libertarianism, or Conservatism, is how many things in life it’s now assumed should be judged by those philosophies.Report

    • Avatar Rufus says:

      Well, maybe by “philosophies”, I just mean teams.Report

    • Avatar E.D. Kain says:

      Right? It’s such an indicator of how badly political our society has become, and how politicized our culture is getting. I mean, politics has always been with us, but these days we spend endless hours wondering which shows are ‘conservative’ and everything gets one of these labels as an adjective anymore. It’s theatre of the absurd.Report

  3. Avatar Rufus says:

    Also this: “In a nutshell, we should use libertarian tools to achieve communitarian goals”. Didn’t the anarchists figure this out 150 years ago? I absolutely love the porch, and the porchers, but I actually think that a lot when I read stuff there.Report

    • Avatar E.D. Kain says:

      Yeah – this was really the first critique that had me off my localist kick for a while. Now that I’m back on my localist kick, I am so with much more of a libertarianish angle, though I’m as lousy a libertarian as I am anything else.Report