Daily Archive: November 4, 2011


Voltaire: Candide (nor Optimism)

As a stand up comedian, Steve Martin had a bit in which he would muse about what a great prank it would be to raise a child and teach them to “talk wrong”, with...


The Dead Dragon and the Living Dragon

~by Jeremie Finck (more commonly known as North) How do you start a guest post? Damned if I know. Whist commenting on the Greek/Euro drama and the relative skills of Prime Minister Papanderou, I...


Social Forces and Vulgar Libertarianism

Will Wilkinson makes an important observation about the affinity between libertarians and conservatives. At the heart of the fusionism between the two groups, he explains, is the notion of individual responsibility. Whereas libertarians and...


Census Results

I hadn’t actually considered compiling data, but Pat’s magnificent work recently has kind of shamed me into doing so. Basically, everyone that answered either came from another blog that linked to us, followed a...


The Most Interesting Article I’ve Read This Week

Robert Neuwirth in Foreign Policy, writing about “System D” — the unlicensed, unregulated, off-the-books world economy: System D is a slang phrase pirated from French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean. The French have a word...


Friday Jukebox: 1933

I’m getting ready to throw the End-Of-Prohibition Party. So of course I’m thinking of old standards. Bear in mind that the original of this one was in 1928 in German, but didn’t make it...

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