A selection of favorites from the editors of Ordinary Times
We have met the enemy, and the enemy is the private citizen.
Don’t underestimate how important it is for a victim to appear faultless.
With the help of other bloggers, James Hanley explains why this guy isn’t as poor as you think he is, and neither is the middle class.
Burt Likko thinks that if Advanced Placement classes don’t represent actual advanced education, maybe we’re better off without them.
Vikram speculates on the thought processes of Michael Brown and the police officer who killed him.
Contributor Ethan Gach struggles to find a single starting point.
Does the growing global population really present a threat to humanity? Mike Dwyer ponders Malthusian theory.
Asking a question creates a parallel universe in which certain facts cannot be questioned. That might not be a good lesson to bring back to our world.
by Christopher Carr
Jason Kuznicki forgot to remind us, but he’s doing his usual bang-up job at Cato Unbound, the latest issue of which features Matt Zwolinski making a pragmatic libertarian case for the basic income guarantee (BIG). Zwolinski argues that even if the BIG isn’t satisfactory to libertarian purists, it can hardly help but be more satisfactory…
Earlier this week, Vikram argued that the citizens of a free economy should embrace — or at least excuse — corporate amorality in the face of their responsibility to shareholders.
Tod Kelly responds, warning that you should always be careful of what you wish for.
Corporations should not hold themselves to a higher tax standard than the law requires of them.
I’m (slowly) putting together a free on-line American Government text. My reasons are: 1. American Government textbooks discourage student reading because they are stuck in an outmoded style of having 40-50 page chapters that cover the whole of a particular institution, rather than breaking coverage down into smaller, more easily digestible and referable, chapters covering…
Contraception is more than healthcare; in a modern free society, it’s a universal human right.
Guest writer zic explains.
Rose and Russell on receiving the adulation of others.
Burt Likko was going to offer a mild criticism of The Notorious RBG. Then he thought again.
This week’s move by John Boehner to sue the President for his use of executive order is dishonest, cynical, cowardly, and eye-rolling hypocritical.
But, says Tod Kelly, it’s also necessary.
As the dog days of summer make so many consider career changes, Gabriel Conroy offers a list of rules to keep in mind.
If you guess which party holds more “small state” senate seats, you will probably guess wrong. If you think that we’re alone in having a disproportionate senate, you’re also wrong. And yet, our senate is unique in the combination of its power and the sheer scope of its disproportionate representation. Will Truman looks at California, Wyoming, and the peculiarly “undemocratic” upper house of the US government.
A judge recently found that California’s death penalty, as it is administered, is cruel and unusual punishment, serving no identifiable purpose. Digging in to the opinion, Burt Likko finds a perverse conflict: an effort to comply with one part of the Constitution leads to a violation of another.
In true Canadian style, Jonathan McLeod goes from talking about hockey to talking about sexual assault to talking about feminism.
Because everything is about hockey and hockey is about everything, apparently.
Rising inequality in the United States is a real problem, but that doesn’t mean we should find ways to disregard the reduction of global inequality nor that we should treat all increases in inequality in other countries as first order problems.
Jonathan McLeod looks at two recent court cases, noting the existence of rape culture and male privilege without ever using the terms.
Vikram is sick of warnings. Either that or tumors.
Russell and Kazzy descend to a new level of hell with an ESPYs viewing party.