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Entries from May 2006

Debating Maggie Gallagher on Marriage

May 22nd, 2006 · Comments Off on Debating Maggie Gallagher on Marriage

I’ve got a review essay in the most recent issue of Reason, “Marital Mythology,” which takes a look at both the history and contemporary problems of marriage through the lens of two books: Stephanie Coontz’s Marriage, a History and Promises I Can Keep by sociologists Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas. That piece prompted a longish […]

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Tags: Self Promotion

Remembering Robert Nozick (and Some Thoughts on Philosophy as a Wiki)

May 17th, 2006 · Comments Off on Remembering Robert Nozick (and Some Thoughts on Philosophy as a Wiki)

The call I put out a few days ago for help with my nacent Robert Nozick project has already yielded one very interesting contribution: My friend Abe Sutherland was able to pass along copies of the moving remarks delivered by some of Nozick’s family, friends, and colleagues at his memorial service in March of 2002. […]

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Tags: General Philosophy

Blog-Whistle Politics

May 17th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Fellow Hit-and-Runner Dave Weigel notes a new campaign commercial for Democratic primary contender Ned Lamont that features a cameo by lefty überblogger Markos “Kos” Moulitsas. The commenters there are are largely incredulous: Kos may be a celeb among the small subset of the population that follows poltical blogs, but is the average TV viewer really […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics

If I May Geek Out for a Second…

May 15th, 2006 · 4 Comments

So in the course of trying to redesign the site and update my article archives, I realized that my Web design skills were quite cutting edge for the time I learned HTML… around 1997. Which means I got to spend a bunch of the weekend teaching myself some CSS/DHTML/Java. So maybe someone geekier than I […]

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Tags: Administrativa

The Robert Nozick Pages: A Bleg

May 11th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Robert Nozick Pages: A Bleg

I’ve decided that there ought to be some kind of online clearing house devoted to the late Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick—best known to libertarians as the author of Anarchy, State and Utopia—and in the interests of moving from ought to is, I’ve decided to take on the task of building it. The easy (if somewhat […]

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Tags: Administrativa

And Purple… I Love Purple

May 9th, 2006 · 5 Comments

As you may have noticed, the site is in the midst of getting a facelift. Comments are welcome—though if you absolutely hate the new look, well… sorry, I’ve logged enough hours on this design that there probably won’t be any more radical overhauls for another year or so. I’m hoping to finally get my article […]

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Tags: Administrativa

Sanchez Down Under

May 7th, 2006 · Comments Off on Sanchez Down Under

I just recorded an interview for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation program Counterpoint, talking about some of the issues raised in my article “A Concord of Visions” from February. You’ll be able to listen online starting sometime Monday. The program is now archived online in MP3 and RealAudio formats.

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Tags: Self Promotion

Coming Soon: Regular Blogging

May 7th, 2006 · Comments Off on Coming Soon: Regular Blogging

So after three years at Reason, I’ve switched to Contributing Editor status, which means I’ll still be writing and blogging for them regularly, but not on full-time staff, which should give me some time to work on a whole bunch of other projects I’ve wanted to get to for a while—among them, actually posting here […]

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Tags: Personal

Teach a Man to Phish…

May 4th, 2006 · 2 Comments

So I’m at this year’s Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference here in Washington, D.C. where I was chatting briefly with author Rob Hamadi and law prof Daniel Solove about how some businesses’ practices effectively train their customers to be ripped off. Here’s an example: A while back, I lost a credit card and needed it […]

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Tags: Tech and Tech Policy