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The New York Times on Ron Paul’s Newsletters

December 27th, 2011 · 18 Comments

With Ron Paul’s now-infamous newsletters once again making headlines, I mulled whether I ought to revisit the issue, but ultimately decided that there wasn’t much to add to the long piece Dave Weigel and I wrote for Reason back in 2008, especially since I’d already elaborated in a couple blog postscripts written shortly after that […]

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An Old-School Absurdly Long Philosophy Post

December 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment

“Rational Selves, Moral Communities, and Ethics for Sociopaths“, over at the new Libertarianism.org blog.

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Insuring Birth Control

August 5th, 2011 · 20 Comments

So, I’m as big a fan as anyone of the birth control pill, even though I’m an indirect beneficiary of its wonders. And notwithstanding my generally libertarian sympathies, I even think it makes an enormous amount of sense to make subsidized—and in some cases free—contraceptives available to people who genuinely can’t afford them, if only […]

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Is Subjectivism in Ethics Coherent?

August 2nd, 2011 · 13 Comments

Andrew Cohen at Bleeding Heart Libertarians kicks off what will apparently be a series of posts on moral objectivity by considering the subjectivist position—the view that whether certain acts are right or wrong depends on the values of a particular person or culture. He takes a position I’ve always leaned toward myself, which is that […]

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Google Plus, and How Privacy Shapes the Function of Social Tech

July 19th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Some further assorted thoughts falling out of the first few weeks of Google Plus: People seem initially pleased with the way privacy is baked into the Circles architecture. I wonder whether it doesn’t actually make inadvertent privacy breaches of the “DM #fail” type more likely. The way most people use Facebook in practice, there’s a […]

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Why ARE Restaurant Web sites so bad?

December 27th, 2010 · 74 Comments

On Twitter, my friends Shani and Erie are engaged in a bit of time-honored kvetching about the legendary and general awfulness of restaurant Web sites. Who thinks it’s good idea to blast annoying music at people going to your site? Why do they so often rely on Flash, which doesn’t really add anything to the […]

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The Criterion Shlock Collection

December 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment

From the ingenious Fake Criterions tumblr.

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Will Smith Medley

March 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments

From the Goddamn Cobras, who brought you the Brooklyn Brat Pack, and the excellent Pearl and the Beard: Pearl and the Beard – Will Smith Medley from Goddamn Cobras Collective on Vimeo.

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Parfit, Animated

December 1st, 2009 · 4 Comments

Via Glen Whitman:

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Return of the Georgetown Cocktail Party

October 30th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Speaking of orthodoxy, heterodoxy, and their relative rewards: I’ve had occasion to recall something Yglesias wrote about a year back, responding to one of my own posts about the popular charge that insufficiently strident conservatives must just be venal climbers hoping to curry favor with liberals: I think this situation is rather more complicated than […]

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