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Mark of New Jersey

Mark is a Founding Editor of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, the predecessor of Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar Will
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    Let’s talk about immigration. I’d like to hear some libertarians weigh in on the cultural assimilation arguments.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird
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    This calls for pop culture.

    Complain about a particular movie trope. Maybe pick out your three desert island discs. Discuss how television today is better than way back when and compare some of the best stuff from today to the best stuff from then. Or vice-versa. Or talk about how you recently re-watched something like Citizen Kane or The Godfather and how it couldn’t get made again today. Or talk about how thrilled you are that we can finally make movies like Avatar.

    The most important thing is to hit primarily on matters of taste but phrase things as if they were matters of morality.

    I’ll back you up.Report

    • Avatar Mark Thompson in reply to Jaybird
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      @Jaybird, Damn. This has me suddenly realizing what I’ve most sacrificed with parenthood: movies and music.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Mark Thompson
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        @Mark Thompson, write about parenthood.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Mark Thompson
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        @Mark Thompson, seriously, one thing that I’d love to read (and similarly from Jason, and E.D., and Scott, and *ANYBODY* for that matter) is how parenthood has impacted any political viewpoint you may have had.

        Like, “I always supported policy X, until I had kids, at which point I realized that policy X had *WAY* too many tradeoffs and now I support policy Y.”

        I got the operation when I was 25, you see. I don’t have kids. Part of me wonders such things like “would a kid push me back towards theism?” or “would a kid push me towards social conservativism as conventionally understood?” and, well, I’m never going to have those questions answered satisfactorily.

        So I’m wondering if you (you all) have answers to such questions.Report

        • Avatar Mark Thompson in reply to Jaybird
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          @Jaybird, That’s a good suggestion. Oddly enough, for me, I think it’s mostly reinforced a lot of my political beliefs, though it’s probably also accelerated my evolution on social safety nets.Report

        • Avatar Jason Kuznicki in reply to Jaybird
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          @Jaybird,

          Being a parent has made me want to blog less about parenting, not more.

          In part it’s because I am very new at parenting and do not yet feel I know enough of the experience of it. I was full of opinions before, and now I’m less confident.

          In part it’s also a desire to shield my daughter from the increasingly public life I’m living, one whose downsides I’m keenly aware of. I know perfectly well that there are those who would say very hurtful things about her if I were to publicize her too well. She has my partner’s last name, you know, and I think it’s probably for the best. The last thing I want to do is go trotting her out as an example all the time — her life is hers. She isn’t a prop.Report

          • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jason Kuznicki
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            @Jason Kuznicki, oh, indeed. I certainly wouldn’t want people to blog about their children.

            Keep that part *PRIVATE*.

            But I am interested in the whole “before I was a parent, I thought P. Now I think Q and here’s why…” topic. Would such an essay require discussion of child particulars?

            Perhaps it would.

            (This goes back to the whole “I don’t have kids” thing, so I don’t know.)Report

  3. Avatar Rufus F.
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    You could write “The Most ____ Music Videos of All Time”.

    No, I’m kidding- don’t do that!Report

  4. Avatar Cascadian
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    You’re joking… right? Hows about the piece on the Fourteenth you’ve promised a couple of times?Report

    • Avatar Mark Thompson in reply to Cascadian
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      @Cascadian, Heh. I know, I know. Sadly, I’ve probably tried to write the piece about five times, but each time I wind up giving up as it turns into a disorganized piece of garbage. There’s so many different directions to go with it, but to make the post coherent, I find that I almost need to take it in all directions. This makes it better suited for at least a small book than for a blog post.

      That said, I’ve been meaning to send you an e-mail to see if you’d be interested in trying some sort of dialogue on the subject, which would probably allow me to be a bit more focused.Report

  5. Avatar Michael Drew
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    I could actually take less-parenthood-makes-me-different/normal/special/happy/important/tired/smarter/more reactionary/what have you blogging at this site, not that there’s been that much, or that I don’t understand the reaction to empirical studies that show it makes people lees happy. It’s not a big issue and I don’t really mind one way or the other, but it is a pretty tired genre in my opinion.Report

  6. Avatar Will H.
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    I would like to read more about the Tea Party. I know, I know…
    But in particular, how this effects the general perception of libertarians and the future of libertarianism in general.
    I’ll reserve my opinions on the matter for that discussion.Report

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