Monthly Archive: May 2010

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(Non?)Violent Civil Disobedience

Last week I wrote a post on my other site about how the Palestinians should organize a massive non-violent civil disobedience campaign against Israel, which I think is the only way for them to...

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shameless self promotion

So True/Slant has been purchased by Forbes Media, meaning that June may be the last month a lot bloggers there get to keep writing for the site.  This also means you may only have...

Memorial Day.

Amid today’s cookouts and household projects, find time to remember those who went off to war and never came home: remember the brave reckless recruits, the desperate conscripts, the steadfast soldiers, and the many...

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The Homosexuals, 1967

Stepping into the way-back machine, Pam’s House Blend brings to light a CBS report on homosexuality, circa 1967: “With all of the bitter battles for each step of progress, when you watch something like this it...

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Plato, Phaedo and the ‘death’ of Socrates

Stepping from the Crito to the Phaedo dialogue, Plato moves onto more solid ground by switching the discussion to the soul; here, we might not agree with Socrates’s ideas about existence beyond death, but...

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Perception vs. Reality

Via E.D.’s True/slant blog, I agree that Conor Friedersdorf did yeoman’s work on this piece demonstrating the wide difference between what movement conservatives think the ACLU does and what the ACLU actually does.  I...

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Please, read the whole thing

Short form reading recommendations are usually reserved for the sidebar, but I feel compelled to give this one front page billing. Sydney Schanberg – a Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose work inspired “The Killing Fields”...

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The Tea Party’s Skin Deep Libertarianism

Jim Geraghty has a great article on the foibles of a movement candidate from Nevada, including one statement that sounds awfully close to an endorsement of prohibition:

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“Battling Disease”

In an interesting post at Girl w/ Pen, Alison Piepmeier discusses her discomfort with using battle metaphors to describe life with illness and disability: “I’d be politically troubled or offended if someone had referred...

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The Innovation Boom

Given the recent discussions about social dynamism and technological innovation around these parts, you may be interested in Scott Sumner’s take on the 20th century’s innovation boom. The scope of technological change at mid-century...

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Ricochet

So, I’m just getting around to checking out Ricochet (featuring, of course, the estimable James Poulos).  I have to say that I’m absolutely in love with the layout, which I think is wonderfully conducive...

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Trial & Error

“There might be a compromise here.” ~ Jason, earlier today I think it depends on the ‘localist/artisanist/do-it-yourself’ individual, obviously, but I think many would certainly like Make magazine. I hadn’t heard of it before,...

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Why This and Not That?

A question for the localist/artisanist/do-it-yourself contingent: How do you feel about Make magazine? Do you know it? Love it? Proudly subscribe, as I do? Or do you mistrust it as inauthentic and non-traditional? I’m...

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And Man made Life

A landmark worth noting: After 15 years of work, scientists have, for the first time, created a new, synthetic, living, and self-replicating cell. If that seems unimpressive, the Economist notes: “The result is the...

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Geography, Politics, and Arrogance

Last week, Erik and I had a fun discussion about the role of geography in shaping one’s political opinions, what this means for Erik’s arguments for competitive federalism and localism, and the way in...

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The Roster Is Unveiled

Bob Bradley just announced the final cuts for the US’ World Cup squad.  I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised that Bradley took the comparatively unheralded Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez over Brian...

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Coming to terms with Lost

I’m finding myself oddly at peace with the end of Lost today, having spent far too much time thinking about it yesterday and this morning. There are still a number of things I would...

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The Tyranny of the City

Conor has grappled with the implications of New York’s cultural dominance and with the socio-political constraints of Washington, D.C. I think on both counts he misses his mark. I won’t delve too much into...