Author: Freddie

Freddie deBoer used to blog at lhote.blogspot.com, and may again someday. Now he blogs here.
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can’t win by not losing

In shocking news, a conservative thinks that America’s political future is conservative. Honestly, sometimes I think that the best thing going for liberalism is that conservatives are so busy declaring victory that they’ll have...

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one casualty

Read this important and heartbreaking column from Nicholas Kristof. I have said before and continue to say that opponents of health care reform simply have nothing to say in the face of the real,...

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Gawker media’s commenting system

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: this is untrammeled bullshit. Gawker media’s tiered commenting system, bannings and faux-exclusivity have nothing to do with maintaining decorum, or keeping the quality of the blogs...

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quote for the day

“We combat uncompromising and irreducible philosophical oppositions presented by all kinds of absolutism: dualisms of reason and imagination, of knowledge and opinion, of irrefutable self-evidence and deceptive will, of a universally accepted objectivity and...

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Sunday Poem Series

The Twa Corbies (traditional folk song, originally anthologized by T. Ravenscroft) As I was walking all alane, I heard twa corbies making a mane; The tane unto the t’other say, ‘Where sall we gang...

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my thoughts exactly

Commenter “SmartHippo” on the Sherdog.com mixed martial arts forum: My feelings towards MMA are kind of similar to my feelings toward metal. I love metal, and I respect it. I do, in one sense,...

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sports metrics and the problem with unconventional wisdom

The more that I think about it, the more that I think the “metrics” school of sports analysis is the perfect example for understanding the limitations of insurgent intellectual movements. I have never known...

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Ahem.

Defending Bill Belicheck’s indefensible decision to go for it last night on fourth and two seems to be becoming a movement and gathering steam. It’s driven, I think, by sports contrarianism, but never mind...

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Sunday Poem Series

The Winter it is Past by Robert Burns The winter it is past, and the simmer comes at last, And the small birds sing on ev’ry tree: The hearts of these are glad, but...

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someday

So today someone I know from high school came out on Facebook, and from what I understand, this was the first situation where he’s really come out as gay at all. It was great...

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Deadspin’s bind

Another embarrassing moment for Deadspin. It’s almost as if you shouldn’t run completely unsubstantiated, unverified stories from functionally anonymous emailers and then convince yourself that there’s some, like, totally deep and challenging thinking behind...

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Anti-Fascist Super Heroes

Like James, I find that almost everything that needs to be said about this Ron Rosenbaum hit piece has already been said by Steve Menashi. It”s a thorough and fine job by Menashi and...

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dangerous ideas

Emmanuel Faye wants to get Heidegger out of the canon because he was a Nazi. Hey, you know who were really good at getting books out of the canon? The Nazis! They just fucking...

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shocking: anti-vaccination story probably incorrect

Desiree Jennings, who notoriously got distonia from a flu vaccine, has made a stunning recovery. But she probably never had distonia, and almost certainly didn’t get her condition from a vaccine. And here I’ve...

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Sunday Poem Series

Sea Fever by John Masefield I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,...

quote for the day

“If there is still one hellish, truly accursed thing in our time, it is our artistic dallying with forms, instead of being like victims burnt at the stake, signalling through the flames.” –Antonin Artaud

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things I don’t get

One thing that continues to surprise me is the continued application of the belief that libertarians are some sort of neutral party when it comes to partisan politics. See, for example Megan McArdle, who...

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