Tagged: power


Power Lines

Electricity doesn’t come from the wall socket.


In My Opinion’s Wake

Burt Likko thinks that Citizens United and McCutcheon were correctly decided. But how can he square that conclusion with his recent Ordinary Court opinion?



There seems to be an inverse relationship between my colleagues’ talent and skills as educators and their desire and willingness to employ authoritarianism and control with the children. I feel like there is something...


I Can’t Drive 55.

I read the below tweet from Megan McArdle about middle class driving habits (under the cut) while I was riding the Long Island Railroad and a couple of minutes later a woman asked me if...


Constitutional Authority Statements

I was getting ready to write something about the new Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA for short – couldn’t get another O in there, guys?), and its intersection with the free market, libertarianism...


Role Reversals

Elias’ latest post gave me a little epiphany this morning. He mentions social Darwinism as a feature of the Paul Ryan budget proposal, the not-so-subtle subtext of course is that conservatives believe in social Darwinism


The Roots of Scandal

The clergy-abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic church throughout the last decade has probably gained the most attention regarding the criminal way that problem priests were moved around and never turned in to authorities....


Unions and Corporations

So I support unions, even government unions, because in the system we have there is no reason not to support unions. We accept all sorts of economic distortions. Corporations are legal entities, sanctioned by...


Down the Rabbit Hole

  On the question of organized labor, outsourcing, and immigration Sam M writes: One complication, of course, is policing. Money flows more easily than bodies. So even the strictest programs would likely have more...


Little Republics & Little Platoons

‘Beyond the Wild Wood comes the Wide World,’ said the Rat. ‘And that’s something that doesn’t matter, either to you or me. I’ve never been there, and I’m never going, nor you either, if...


Happy Eleventy-First, and Many More

Amy Sturgis reminds us that today is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, and she gives us this delightful passage about Frodo’s friend Sam Gamgee, who departed the Shire today: Wild fantasies arose...


The Tyranny of the City

Conor has grappled with the implications of New York’s cultural dominance and with the socio-political constraints of Washington, D.C. I think on both counts he misses his mark. I won’t delve too much into...


The tinkerer’s disposition

We owe where we are to the habit — and the freedom — of tinkering. ~ Jason, on the libertarian disposition I think there are two types of tinkering. There is the tinkering of...


Defending the tea parties, ctd.

A reader writes: Erik, as someone who lives in the Mighty Whitey Elite NY-DC Corridor, but who comes from Tea Party America, and who has lots of friends and relatives highly sympathetic to the...


Begetting Worse Politicians

Responding to Scott’s argument (with which I agree almost entirely) that Andrew Sullivan’s obsession with Sarah Palin is counterproductive to good politics, Jaybird commented: As someone who was temporarily under the impression that Sarah...


a quote for the afternoon

“I would not take this thing, if it lay by the highway. Not were Minas Tirith falling in ruin and I alone could save her, so, using the weapon of the Dark Lord for...