Daily Archive: July 9, 2010

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The Great Soda Pop Kerfuffle 2010

Fine, I’ll go on record about whether San Francisco government workers should have their pop taken away, in case I ever have to testify about this before a Congressional committee. Nope. I don’t think...

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Notes Toward a Confucian Politics

As I get older, I find myself, really against my will, struck much more often by how far standards of decorum have fallen into desuetude. My usual evening walk will include at least a...

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You say austerity, I say prosperity

Reactions to New Jersey governor, Chris Christie’s cuts and privatizations are mixed depending on where you fall on the ideological spectrum. But one thing that irks me is the reaction that all these spending...

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The Empire of Illusion Strikes Back

Okay, just so we’re all clear on this: Once upon a time, I proposed that we read the book “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” by Chris Hedges...

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Banning pet shops to save the pets

I have to say, when I first read that San Francisco was looking at banning pet shops I thought it sounded pretty ridiculous. But I think Claire Berlinksi makes a tremendously good point: Every...

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Jacob Sullum finally gets it…

Good for him.  I never agreed with his intention-based approach regarding equal protection (see here) so his embracing the text and underlying principles is pleasing.

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A jukebox for Friday morning

Forest Sun is pretty unknown I think, but he’s got a lot of great stuff. This song is eerily moving. I wish I’d been to Bonaroo! Watching this next one puts a big grin...

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Everything is Always About the Culture War

If I were introducing a recent immigrant to the United States to our way of living, the first lesson I’d teach him would be “everything is always about the culture war.” He would be...

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Friday Think Piece: Lessons of the Law

The next in the continuing series. It’s often said that you can’t legislate morality. There’s a ponderous satisfaction to the phrase, and it does seem to explain a great deal, at least at first....