Daily Archive: February 19, 2013


Property Rights Are Conventional

…but that may not mean what you think it means. Property rights as enacted in the real world, not as discussed in political theory, are not imaginary. Nor are these rights “merely” conventional, as...


Sully’s Rosetinted View of Traditional Familial Norms

I am not anti-family values. I do not think that “what a family consists of” can be endlessly reconfigured without consequence. There are causes and effects, particular familial institutions and outcomes associated with them. But I...


The State of the Union’s Quiet Radicalism

Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast’s response to the president’s fifth State of the Union address sounds much like my own. It was Obama’s second liberal stemwinder in a row; and if nothing else, the...