Charles Murray chides those who found his analysis of the politics of torture investigations by the Justice Department disturbingly amoral: To those who were dismayed, I’ve got worse news: I think it is permissible to talk about murder and rape in amoral terms. To talk about the Inquisition, the Holocaust, and the genocides in Armenia [...]
Entries Tagged as 'Obedience and Insubordination'
August 28th, 2009 · 6 Comments
June 29th, 2009 · 3 Comments
Yglesias has a good point on the proposed French burqa ban: [T]his sort of ban seems extremely unlikely to actually help anyone who’s genuinely in need of help. A woman whose husband and/or other male relations have enough power over her to force her into a burqa against her will is only going to be [...]
June 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment
ZP Heller at HuffPo wonders: The contrary argument, of course, is that if Obama or Congress speak out more aggressively, it will endanger the reformists in Iran and give ammunition to Khamenei and his allies. Khamenei’s speech today pushed me to reexamine this line of thinking. He didn’t need an incendiary line from Obama to [...]
April 17th, 2009 · 6 Comments
Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee, 2002: You would like to place Zubaydah in a cramped confinement box with an insect. You have informed us that he appears to have a fear of insects. In particular, you would like to tell Zubaydah that you intend to place a stinging insect in the box with him. You [...]
November 10th, 2008 · 4 Comments
Naomi Klein, call your office: “Rule one: Never allow a crisis to go to waste,” [Rahm] Emanuel said in an interview on Sunday. “They are opportunities to do big things.”
June 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments
Social psychologist Phil Zimbardo—the guy behind the (in)famous Stanford prison experiment—spoke at the Cato Institute yesterday, and Will Wilkinson and I offered up some brief commentary after his presentation. It’s a great short summary of the ideas in his book The Lucifer Effect, so if you’re interested in how social situations and roles can induce [...]
May 26th, 2008 · No Comments
Philip Zimbardo, best known for staging the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, is coming to Cato on Thursday, June 12. And, if that weren’t enough reason to show up, I’ll be offering comments.