Monthly Archive: October 2011

10

Some, Many, and Most

While flipping through yesterday’s New York Times I hit upon this piece which gave me pause.  For a number of reasons it didn’t sit right with me, and I was happy to see Glen...

17

Are You In for NaNoWriMo?

Hey there, folks – for those of you interested in playing the National Novel Writing Month game, we’ve set up a mailing list for encouragement, support, and venting. You can join here. Happy writing!

143

Can the Occupy Movement Tackle Crony Capitalism?

In a comment on Shawn Gude’s previous post on the main page about the Occupy movement, I asked who the “1%” is and whether Occupy protesters were primarily aggrieved about “Wall Street,” or whether...

146

On Paths Taken: A League Census

One of the questions I sometimes get in the real world when discussing the League of Ordinary Gentlemen is why a libertarian blog would ever have me be a contributor. (This question is a...

4

Take One Down, Pass It Around…

From HuffPo, a speech by Perry making the rounds – not because of its content, but because he appears to have had a few too many before getting up to the podium.  But here’s...

26

Anti-Heroics with a Side of Boredom

William Brafford wonders about the meaning behind the rise of the anti-hero in the television shows favored by certain audiences (and, not to point the finger at myself too much, by a certain writer). ...

333

Democracy, Coercion, & Liberty

I’m afraid that in our recent discussion of democracy and coercion the conversation tended to hew toward the relative merits of democracy rather than on what I think was my more important point: namely,...

56

The New Colossus

~by wardsmith The Statue of Liberty turned 125 yrs old on Friday the 28th of Oct. These words were inscribed in the Statue of Liberty in 1903: The New Colossus Not like the brazen...

93

Weekend Navel Gazing: Old Boys Clubs

Commenter Ktward writes And so I’m wondering, E.D.: If you weren’t speaking to Forbes readers and the Boys Club that is the League (not a criticism, simply an observation), might your take on OWS...

24

No, Tyrion isn’t just like me

A little while ago both Erik and myself were giggling over this clip of Ben in Parks and Recreation passionately casting down the idea that HBO’s Game of Thrones would ever be canceled. Ben...

16

Egyptian Protesters March in Support of Occupy Oakland

Protesters in Egypt marched from Tahrir Square to the US Embassy to protest recent police violence in Oakland, CA where riot police descended on the Occupy Oakland encampment earlier this week, arresting many of the protesters...

1

Friday Jukebox

I am currently surrounded by innumerable and extraordinarily high stacks of case law printouts and briefs, looking forward to a weekend of the same.  But moments ago, my good friend Mr. Jimmy Cliff came...

4

Experiments in drink-driving ads

I don’t know if the humour will translate well, but I found this ad against drink-driving produced by Transport New Zealand utterly hilarious.

26

Unions and the Occupy Movement

I recently compared the Occupy Movement to the New Left, but it’s truly striking how different the former’s relationship is with organized labor. The New Left assailed societal bureaucratization and powerful elites, including potentates...

54

Who is Mitt Romney anyway?

Like the White House, it seems that the media has decided that, momentary signs of life notwithstanding, Rick Perry will not be defeating Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination next year, that we will have...

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Reining In the SWAT

I decided to make my inaugural front page post a relatively short one. For those of you who know me, skip this paragraph. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a...

13

The White Luck Warrior (and a new fantasy book club)

Don’t worry, no spoilers in this review. I just finished R. Scott Bakker’s novel The White Luck Warrior (Available at Amazon) a couple days ago. It’s the second book in his Aspect-Emperor trilogy and the fifth...

61

Jon Stewart, Michael Moore, and the Professional Left

David Masciotra’s got a piece up at Popmatters that takes on a liberal sacred cow in service of defending someone else who is not quite a pariah, but certainly a guilty pleasure—at least for...

22

Comment Rescue: Mike & The Police

Mike asks: > Absolute power corrupts absolutely – > or is it more complicated than that? It’s more complicated than that. Social organizations of any type represent aggregated power. This is true whether you’re...

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