Monthly Archive: April 2012

The Sometime Blogger Formerly Known As…

Hello all! Sorry I’ve been kind of out of touch for a month or so. I’ve had a lot of big things going on, the second-biggest of which was getting a new job. The...

The Rise of the Wonky Left

~by Conor P. Williams I. What’s wrong? Remember back, if you can, to January 2009. It seemed to be a completely untainted transformational moment. To hear the Beltway chatter, this was the final unraveling...

Austerity On The Run

I wanted to flag this before it became too much Old News. Andrew Sullivan, still a self-described conservative and a tireless deficit hawk, has looked to the events in Europe and concluded that austerity —...

I’m Guest Blogging at The Atlantic

I’m guest-blogging for Megan McArdle at The Atlantic for the next two weeks. Worth noting: Erik gave Tony Comstock a guest spot last year, and shortly thereafter James Fallows asked him to to guest-blog....

Marginal cases and virtue

Children are marginal cases. Talking about ethics in terms of autonomy, or rights – Kantian ethics –  famously leaves children, especially very young children, in an odd place. I have addressed this elsewhere in...

Can We Have Post-Modern Faith?

A new study out of the University of Chicago shows, in its words, a “modest” decline of belief in God globally, with dramatic variations among individual countries.  I don’t want to argue about the...

Why I Read Bryan Caplan

I know I often disagree with him. But then there’s stuff like this: “What’s stopping Warren Buffett from paying more taxes?” is a red herring. The fundamental question is: “Why is government’s share of...

Should The US Bring Back The Draft?

Tom Ricks thinks so: Since the end of the military draft in 1973, every person joining the U.S. armed forces has done so because he or she asked to be there. Over the past...

Addressing Income Inequality

From Ross Douthat: And this is where I think the American left falls short. I agree with Yglesias that most liberals who care about inequality care about immobility as well.

Testing ideology

~by James Hanley Fellow reader Stillwater, responding to my critique, writes: you [Hanley] keep insisting there is this significant difference between our theories, our policies, our preferred values, our analytical methods. If there isn’t...

Does America Need a Draft? Hell No.

Tom Ricks says we need a draft. This is nonsense.  If we want to prevent stupid wars, make the country pay for them. Since the end of the military draft in 1973, every person...

The Zen of Twee

  From the  New York Magazine article The Twee Party: One afternoon last June, the quaint silhouette of a three-masted sailboat made its way into New York Harbor and pulled up at the Red...

Leaguefest 2012: Rooms Going Fast

If you are planning on coming to Leaguefest 2012 on Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-May 28), please make your reservations soon. Our group rate will not be valid after April 25, only a few...

Wardsmith’s WTO Blanket Party

Presented as-is, promoted from his comment Like almost all of you, I have mixed feelings about the police. As a law-abiding tax-paying citizen with property that needs protecting, I am in favor of a...

World’s Greatest Mystery, Solved

…Maybe.  An intrepid CNN.com reporter attempts to answer the question that has plagued all of us for years: did Levon Helm sing “Annie” or “Fanny”?  (For the record, I’ve always thought “Fanny” – but...

The Henchman’s Diary

In the glamorous world of superheroes, all of the media attention is always focused on the famous, flamboyant super-villains. But what about the regular, everyday, Joe-Shmoe working-stiffs that make the wheels of those Evil Empires go ’round? Who takes the time to tell their story?

It Seems Appropriate…

…That on April 20, of all days, I should come across a post discussing the wording of an effort to enact a repeal of Citizens United by way of amending the United States Constitution....