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Self-Examining “Left Intellectual” Winning and Progressing

The process of self examining is a worthy and healthy one. When done correctly it should raise more questions that answers, and challenge thoughts that may have rutted from constant sameness. Regardless where you fall on the political spectrum, honest thought, or at the least the effort to be honest in thought, should be a common summit all of us should be endeavoring towards.

Triaxial Epistemology

By way of Popehat, Arnold Kling on a root problem with contemporary political discourse, summarized in the Wall Street Journal: Mr. Kling’s three “languages” are ways of talking about politics and government, and they align roughly with the progressive, conservative and libertarian viewpoints. Progressives, Mr. Kling thinks, typically express opinions using an “oppressed-oppressor axis”: societal…

On How the State Determines That You Have No “Proprietary Interest” In Your Own Tweets

Mike Konczal talks property and criminal justice over at Rortybomb. It’s an excellent post. You really do need to read it. And I’m sure plenty of people here at the League will have something to say about it. In it, he tracks the evisceration of “liberal philosophy” through attacks from both Conservatives and Progressives in the area…

Parties aren’t arbitrary collections of interest groups either

In one way, I agree with Mark’s post.  There is nothing inherently liberal in the Democratic Party, and nothing inherently conservative in the Republican Party.  All of the most common ideological terms – conservative, liberal, reactionary, progressive – are at best, convenient descriptions of pluralities of Party members at this particular point in history.  Useful…

Millman’s Taxonomy ctd.

William summarizes Millman’s taxonomy (and doesn’t that roll off the tongue? You almost want to capitalize ‘taxonomy’: Millman’s Taxonomy – as if it were some well established thing…) thusly: liberal vs. conservative (attitudes toward the individual and authority) left vs. right (attitudes toward social/economic winners and losers) progressive vs. reactionary (attitude toward past and future)…