Monthly Archive: August 2011


Our monument won’t be a hole in the ground

Conor Friedersdorf posts this video of radical conservative Bryan Fischer: Conor writes: In the clip above, Bryan Fisher of the American Family Association reminds us that until very recently, many U.S. jurisdictions imposed unconscionable...


Climate Change is Real, and it’s Heating Up

Despite what many GOP contenders for the 2012 presidential nomination say, the Earth really is heating up, and the costs of global warming may be drastically higher than previous estimates suggested. Meanwhile, investigators in...


The economic hurdles of a left-libertarian alliance

~by Shawn Gude We’re in rather unpropitious times for left-libertarian bridge-building. I don’t take glee in making this assertion; I’m more crestfallen than content. Indeed, I’ve spilled a fair amount of ink arguing that...


David Brooks, Expertise, and the Fetishization of Happiness

People have been giving attention to David Brooks’ latest column.  This is good, because I have a soft spot for the incorporation of Yiddish into daily life, particularly the word “bagel,” and especially on...


Unions and Corporations

So I support unions, even government unions, because in the system we have there is no reason not to support unions. We accept all sorts of economic distortions. Corporations are legal entities, sanctioned by...


Liberalism, Centrism, and Libertarianism

Since I have been called a “fake liberal” recently, I thought I’d delve into the subject once again. I am a liberal mainly because the rather short arc of liberalism traces pretty well alongside...


Fantasy Utopias

This old Sady Doyle post at The Awl helps me understand better where I think she’s coming from in regards to Martin’s work. After pointing out the many flaws with female-oriented fantasy, she writes:...


Plotinus and Evil

How does evil get into the world? Where does it come from? Why is it here? For religions that attribute a fallen nature to man, this isn’t such a problem; after all, it was...


Lucky Number Seven

From Michael Shermer’s new book The Believing Brain: During the run-up to the 2004 presidential election, while undergoing a brain scan, thirty men — half self-described “strong” Republicans and half “strong” Democrats — were...


A bit more about racism and Daily Kos

Just to keep everyone in the loop on the latest controversy surrounding yours truly, I have a much longer post up on the Daily Kos accusations of racism, including side by side screen shots...


As if being anti-woman isn’t enough…

…I am also, apparently, a terrible racist. Lessons in reading comprehension 101 notwithstanding. (P.S. in case any of this is lost in translation I am neither anti-woman or racist.)


The joys of blogging

I am Professor Feminism. Hear me roar. (Seriously, I feel like a goddamned super villain. How’s them apples?)


What’s the big idea?

Neal Gabler has a piece just brimming over with nostalgia in the New York Times. Here’s his takeaway: Ideas just aren’t what they used to be. Once upon a time, they could ignite fires...