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But Do We Eat Arugula?

June 27th, 2008 · 15 Comments

Well, this is obviously incredibly flattering: Among the many dark tidings for American conservatism, there is one genuine bright spot. Over the past five years, a group of young and unpredictable rightward-leaning writers has emerged on the scene. These writers came of age as official conservatism slipped into decrepitude. Most of them were dismayed by […]

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Tags: General Philosophy · Journalism & the Media · Libertarian Theory · Personal · Washington, DC

I refuse to become what you call “normal”

June 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

As long as I’m doing film recommendations, I should note for the benefit of those of you in the D.C. area that AFI in Silver Spring will be screening Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville this weekend, with matinees Saturday and Sunday, and one final showing next Wednesday evening. It’s a surprisingly libertarian-flavored movie, especially given that Godard […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Washington, DC

Greenwald Talks Strategy

April 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

After a debate watching party here in DC last night, Glenn Greenwald spoke for a bit and took some questions from the mostly-progressive crowd about how Democrats can more effectively counter Republican narratives.  The audio quality is not exactly stellar, but I did manage to capture some of the Q&A on my phone: Greenwald in […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics · Journalism & the Media · Washington, DC

Portrait of an Arrest

April 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Video of Saturday’s arrest at the Jefferson Memorial is now on YouTube.  I’ll have a more complete writeup at Ars Technica later, but here are some stills:

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Discord of the Dance

April 13th, 2008 · 15 Comments

So, among my many character flaws is a tendency to overgeneralize my own reactions—to assume that, though we may disagree along any number of dimensions, other people’s thought processes work roughly the same way my own do. I wrote the post below on the assumption that just about everyone would share approximately my response, which […]

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Hijinks Ensue

April 12th, 2008 · 34 Comments

Twitter informs me that a friend—whose name I’ll omit for the moment—just got arrested at a little dance party some libertarians were holding at the Jefferson Memorial (which, apparently, is open to the public 24/7). I’m not entirely clear on what the charge could have been—I wasn’t aware dancing at a public monument was prohibited […]

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They Keep Pullin’ Me Back In!

April 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Gene Healy was a founding don of what, lo those many years ago, we jokingly called the Cato Blog Mafia.  Long out of the game, Gene has just announced his triumphant return to the blogosphere, where he’ll presumably be focusing on the issues at the heart of his excellent new book The Cult of the […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Law · Washington, DC

Scenes from a Bookstore

March 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments

This weekend, I wandered into a local bookstore to browse a bit and ended up grabbing a copy of John Rawls’ posthumously-published Lectures in the History of Political Philosophy. (I note with some satisfaction that this volume boasts a nicely-designed cover, a feature normally reserved for trendy texts consumed by Comp Lit majors and ignored […]

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Tags: General Philosophy · Washington, DC

Cats and Blogs, Living Together

March 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I always used to consider it a rule of thumb that once any person, band, trend, or other phenomenon was written up in the New York Times Style section, it was over—or at least seriously moribund. I’m hoping that’s only approximately true, since roomie Dave Weigel and I make a cameo in this NYT profile […]

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Tags: Self Promotion · Washington, DC


March 7th, 2008 · No Comments

I knew before going into last night’s show that Cadence Weapon was a brilliant musician—and probably the smartest lyricist currently working in hip hop, so no surprises on that front. There were, however, some things I did not know: (1) CW is also an incredibly nice, approachable guy. He’s Canadian, so the odds were in […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Washington, DC