Monthly Archive: May 2011


Meanderings on the Liberal Arts Education and Humanities Major

~ by Anderson Tuggle In reading recent studies about the smaller salaries and employment numbers of students with humanities/area studies majors and, in turn, colleges cutting back these very programs (or, as Stanley Fish calls it, “The...


The Post Office’s Problems Aren’t Its Employee Costs

In the “What Else Is New” category of blog posts, Freddie takes Conor Friedersdorf to the woodshed for blaming the US Post Office’s problems primarily on high labor costs and suggesting that this proves...


How to Build a State

My posts on the Israel-Palestine question two weeks ago led to requests for a primer on the Palestinian Authority’s plan to request U.N. recognition in September.  This article (from Haaretz) provides just that, for those interested....


The Percentage Sign as a Signaling Device

As you know, politics is the mind-killer. A fully rational politics would rank the weight of all conceivable policy choices, considering their basic fairness, the costs and benefits they are expected to produce, and...


We, as a society

Last year, about this time, we were talking about Radley Balko’s report of a SWAT raid in Missouri. It was a horrifying video with children being endangered, pets being shot, and a small amount of marijuana...


Another Ordinary Blog

Please welcome Elias Isquith to the League. His blog is Thistle & Flower. His introduction post is here.


Doubt and Ideology

Erik just posted a piece considering how liberals and libertarians view liberty and justice, and how he is left ambivalent between these worldviews.  If you haven’t read it yet please do so, I can...


Let the wind between howl, lonely and wild

John Tomasi has a thought-provoking post up at Bleeding Heart Libertarians on the yawning divide between classical liberals and libertarians on the one hand and high liberals on the other. Off one coast, we...


The Essay, Reborn

Daniel McCarthy finds reasons for optimism in the “death of the book” — the potential of the e-reader to rejuvenate the essay, and its lengthier, “Victorian,” versions in particular, as a literary art form....


Introductions and Disclaimers

Hello everyone, I’m James K and most of you will know me as a frequent commenter here.  I’ve been asked by Erik to have a go as a full contributor at The League. First...


Game of Thrones Book Club: Meet the Starks

Daniel: I have to admit, it’s a little hard to reread these chapters without considering what’s going to happen next. I just want to mention things that, right now, are all spoilers. The only...


Beyond Unions

Recently we had the Labor Roundtable and much interesting discussion on the nature and necessity of organized labor in America ensued. I’ve cooled on the idea of unions lately, at least in their current...


Secret Trials, Secret Laws

Spencer Ackerman reports on a secret USA-PATRIOT Act: You think you understand how the Patriot Act allows the government to spy on its citizens. Sen. Ron Wyden says it’s worse than you know. Congress...


The Drum Plan

Kevin Drum’s Medicare reform plan strikes me as well worth considering, and most certainly creative.  At first blush, I suspect that its ultimate effect would be essentially the same as most proposals for means-testing...


Facing Demographic Realities in Israel

Jeffrey Goldberg has an excellent and, I hope, important piece today at Bloomberg that explains well the inevitable consequences of Israel failing to return to something approaching its 1967 borders…..and soon.  What makes Goldberg’s...


The Humanities are Still Important (Supreme Court Edition)

What do Nabokov, Hemingway, Montesquieu, Wittgenstein, Stendhal, Proust, Shakespeare, Dickens, Faulkner, Solzhenitsyn, and Trollope have in common?  They’re all readily mentioned by Supreme Court Justices when asked about influences on their decisions and their...



From a friend’s Facebook update: “The most valuable lesson from the Camping Rapture incident? If you make apocalyptic predictions, make them secular. Paul Erhlich is a tenured professor at Stanford.”


From Poetry to Classroom

John Talbot discusses the history of (Classical) translation, and the flaws of the task’s contemporary nature.  A worthwhile, but slightly lengthy read, if you’re into that sort of thing.


Moral Evolution

I don’t have a lot to add, but I was tremendously impressed by this.


The economics of free-market unions

Over at Forbes I respond to these two excellent pieces by Adam Ozemik by channeling Kevin Carson, Will Wilkinson, and Timothy Carney. If you’d like, you could even stop over and say hello in...