Monthly Archive: October 2010


More On Social Imaginaries

I’m a little embarrassed to say that despite having studied philosophy in college and still being a self-proclaimed philosophy geek, I had never heard of Charles Taylor before yesterday’s Charles Taylor Thursday. But clearly...


How to Feed a Troll

Ordinarily, “Don’t Feed the Trolls” is impeccable advice.  Ordinary standards, however, do not apply to Radley Balko, whose course on Advanced Troll Feeding should be a prerequisite for graduation from Blogger University. (Via Transplanted...


Everybody loves Cheerios

I’m always drawn to these kinds of studies, even though they’re never really insightful. This one mainly backs up what everyone already knows about geography and age demographics among partisans (is it really any...


Good to Know Someone Still Puts Civil Liberties First

Former Republican congressman, subsequent convert to libertarianism, controversial 2008 Libertarian Party Presidential candidate, and proud Tea Partier, Bob Barr endorses Sen. Russ Feingold, one of the most liberal members of the Senate but also an...


Blaming Citizens United for Everything

UPDATED:I made a significant mistake in the original version of this post, which has now been corrected as noted below.  I do not believe the correction affects the point of the post, though. Over...


The Bathtub Gin of Cannabis

When a fairly safe drug becomes illegal, other things often step in to fill the gap. Sometimes, they’re a lot less safe. We all know that alcohol prohibition led to bathtub gin, a substitute...


Quote of the Day

The Texas Supreme Court cites Star Trek (and, well, Dickens):


Conrad Black on the War on Drugs (and Rupert Murdoch)

Writing at National Review, Conrad Black has many disparaging things to say about the War on Drugs and about the prohibition of marijuana specifically. For example: For blacks, the chances of being arrested and...


One more reason to ban privatized prisons

NPR has an extraordinary scoop on the birth of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 illegal immigration law: Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico...


Why Chuck Should Start a (Local) Tea Party

This video – via Radley Balko’s digs – is a good illustration of the many job-destroying, prosperity-hampering, mind-boggling regulations that various local governments have in place which make it harder for you and me...


The Rational Irrational Voter

Yesterday, guestblogger E.C. Gach asked: So the question I leave to you is, are Americans driven to crappy prime time sitcoms to escape the mess that is our national politics, or is our national...


Two paths to resilience

Compare and contrast: Consumer culture leaves Americans better prepared for hard times. Meanwhile, older virtues help Ireland weather the recession.


More thoughts on Lind’s Neo-Jacksonians

Image via Wikipedia I apologize in advance for the liberal use of quotes in this post, but I wanted to add a few thoughts on the Lind piece I linked to yesterday.  Lind makes...


Welcome to the Next Cycle’s Wedge Issue

by Transplanted Lawyer (Cross-posted from Not a Potted Plant) Once upon a time, illegal immigrants getting welfare were used as whipping boys to drive voters to the polls. Then it was gays trying to...


Prop. 19 and Rationalization

I wonder how many people are going to vote against California Prop. 19 next week — while rationalizing that their own marijuana use was merely a youthful experiment. That’s one heck of a rationalization,...


Sophocles: Electra- fated murder and bloodline curses

Image via Wikipedia All three of the great Athenian tragedians (Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles) dealt with the story of Orestes and Electra killing their mother Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus in revenge for their...


The Party of Theocracy

As of last week, we all know that Christine O’Donnell doesn’t much care for separation of church and state. As far as surprising campaign knows goes, that’s near the very bottom of the list,...


Why Couldn’t Hayek Have Been Even Awesomer?

This morning Matthew Yglesias somewhat strangely faults F. A. Hayek for not being sufficiently brilliant, I guess. He quotes The Road to Serfdom as follows: Nor can certain harmful effects of deforestation, or of...


Making Sense of Public Opinion

by E.C. Gach Last winter I was struck by a Jacob Weisberg piece over at Slate. The thrust of the article was the following: all of our political troubles are the result of…well…ourselves! People just...