Monthly Archive: February 2011

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“What we can do in Libya”

Here’s a shockingly good editorial from National Review on why enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya is a bad idea. Tucked away in the middle of the piece is what sounds like a belated...

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Labor Roundtable: Thoughts on a Libertarian-Labor Alliance

Freddie offers a bold plan: I think I can identify an interested party who, theoretically, could help to restore labor power, American unions, and the counterbalancing effects of collective bargaining and worker strikes and...

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My new education-policy blog

Shameless self-promotion alert: I have a new blog at Forbes on education policy and education reform. My long introduction post is up this morning. In it, I offer a critique of the top-down reforms...

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Bachmann, Obama and lactation hysteria

by Russell Saunders Few things are as simultaneously joyous and utterly disruptive as the arrival of a new baby.  Between the culmination of months of anxious anticipation, hovering family members, sleep deprivation and maternal...

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Quote for the day

“The operation of a peer-matching network would be simple. The user would identify himself by name and address and describe the activity for which he sought a peer. A computer would send him back...

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The malleability of political categories

Responding to my view that we should defer to experts in certain fields, co-blogger Rufus writes: I understand why you accept the logic in both cases [i.e. the view that global warming exists and...

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Why don’t we treat free trade like global warming?

Belief in anthropogenic global warming is a sort of political signifier for American liberals – if you don’t think human activity is changing the Earth’s climate, they’re probably not going to take you very...

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On the language of assumption

James Hanley in the thread from Freddie’s post writes: My bottom line is that you and I have a right to collaborate in bargaining, but that does not entail that we have a right...

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Stranger than fiction

This is quite amusing. I would also like to point out that there is no evidence I am not a fiction either…

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Quote of the Day

“In the spirit of full disclosure, I should say that I saw this movie after smoking three-quarters of a joint, but as soon as I saw the first psychotic, burning car chase – in...

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Friday Afternoon Jukebox

I was reminiscing this morning about college, late 90s ska-punk, The Single Greatest Party Ever Thrown (dude, we made a six-foot tall working volcano!), and drinking with said ska-punk band until 5AM. So, uhh,...

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The Middle Class Isn’t Dying

It’s just that standards are rising. James Hanley explains: [I]f you are content with the standard of living of the 19th century’s middle class, you could probably do that while working half time right...

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And then there were Three

Our third Ordinary Blog is live today. It’s called Mindless Diversions and its author is none other than long-time League commenter and raconteur, Jaybird. The site can be found, along with the other Ordinary Blogs,...

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The Political Implications of “Never Again”

If, the argument goes, the world’s great powers, first and foremost of course the United States, in collaboration with the UN system and with global civil society, would act decisively and in a timely...

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Liberal academics (part 2)

I’ve always had a bit of a Napoleonic streak, and so, in spite of my first post in this series being a bit unsuccessful at illuminating the political leanings of the academy, I am...

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Thucydides and Grand Strategy

Not to poach Rufus’s patch, but Walter Russell Mead has a pretty interesting post on Thucydides and American grand strategy (For those interested, our resident classicist’s “Blogging the Canon” series covered Thucydides here).

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Nothing to Worry About Here…Right?

by Burt Likko There couldn’t be anything to worry about in President Obama’s ordering the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, could there be? After all, this is a recognition of...

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The Walker Roadmap

Mike Konczal has an excellent post up on the three-pronged approach Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is taking in his stealth budget. In fact, he’s charted the whole thing out: The assault on unions is...

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