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Entries from December 2009

Esprit d’Escalier (PATRIOT Edition)

December 6th, 2009 · 9 Comments

I had half forgotten until last week’s Cato forum how much I enjoy a good live debate, but it does invariably mean you spending the next couple days thinking of points you wish you’d made—either because they didn’t occur to you, or because there just wasn’t time to get through everything you scribbled down while […]

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Tags: Law · Privacy and Surveillance

The Patriot Debate

December 4th, 2009 · 7 Comments

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion

The Great Debate

December 3rd, 2009 · 3 Comments

Anyone in the DC area who’s interested enough in privacy and surveillance to put up with this blog really ought to come down to the Cato Institute at 4 this afternoon for our PATRIOT Act reauthorization debate, where I’ll join forces with CDT’s Greg Nojeim against Deceptacons Jena Baker McNeil of Heritage and Richard Samp […]

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Tags: Self Promotion

Counterintuitive or Counterlinguistic?

December 2nd, 2009 · 19 Comments

Will Wilson at Postmodern Conservative suggests that I must have an extraordinarily strong commitment to reductionism if I’m prepared to bite the bullet and accept the “no further fact” thesis about personal identity, which runs “contrary what every fiber of my being tells me.” Apparently my fibers sing a different tune, since I can’t say […]

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Tags: General Philosophy

Sandel’s Justice

December 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments

Most of Michael Sandel’s series Justice is now up and streaming for your viewing pleasure. In my wildest Tooth Fairy dreams, this show is more popular than American Idol and there are dozens of Twitter hashtags devoted to the issues in each episode that people are collectively mulling. It’s a wonderful introduction to serious moral […]

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Tags: General Philosophy

Parfit, Animated

December 1st, 2009 · 4 Comments

Via Glen Whitman:

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