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Entries from September 2006

Well, That’s Telling

September 30th, 2006 · 1 Comment

From the American Spectator blog: It’s very fortunate for our side that the Democrats are so tightly wedded to socialism and big, international schemes of governance. It’s what keeps us together. I remember standing around with a couple liberal friends in the wake of the last presidential election joking about how it was a good […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics

Basic Structures and Equal Concern

September 28th, 2006 · 1 Comment

I went to see Ronald Dworkin speak on Tuesday about his new book Is Democracy Possible Here?, about which I’ll presumably have more to say once I’ve actually read it. One thing that struck me, though, had to do with his principle of “equal concern,” which is one of two he thinks should structure all […]

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Tags: Libertarian Theory

Book Meme

September 27th, 2006 · 3 Comments

I appear to have been tagged by the esteemed, and now officially out of his “early” 20s, Dave Weigel: 1. One book that changed your life? Well, given what I’ve ended up doing with my life, I guess Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, which is what I recall as getting me started thinking about political […]

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Tags: Language and Literature

Belated Pope Thoughts

September 25th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Well, I’m late to the papal party, but with the consolation that I can at least outsource some of what I might have said earlier to fellow Wagnerite Jacob Levy. Conrad has one of his characters in Heart of Darkness opine that Kurtz “would have been a splendid leader of an extreme party– Any party.” […]

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Tags: Moral Philosophy

Dear D.C. Comics…

September 18th, 2006 · 3 Comments

I feel certain that someone, somewhere deep in the bowels of your sizable enterprise got through the August issue of Detective Comics and thought: “Dear sweet Jesus, the idea of The Riddler as an egomaniacal ‘consulting detective’ is way too good to waste on some one-shot; this should be a whole series!” This is a […]

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Tags: Art & Culture

This Post Is Not Yet Rated

September 14th, 2006 · 5 Comments

So, I saw a screener of the Sundance-darling documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated with Kerry last week—and my first thought was “not so much rated as overrated.” There are many good points about the capriciousness and opacity of the MPAA rating system, but it’s probably a better op-ed than a film. I’d have […]

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Tags: Art & Culture

Tricky, Tricky!

September 14th, 2006 · 1 Comment

So, here’s an interesting scam (or probable scam) I noticed just a few minutes ago. I’m sitting in a free WiFi cafe in Adams Morgan called Tryst. Their open network is, creatively enough, called “tryst.” But I’m also detecting an ad-hoc computer-to-computer network called “tryst.” And if, as happens every couple hours here, the main […]

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Tags: Tech and Tech Policy

¿Como Se Dice “Veronica Mars”?

September 14th, 2006 · 2 Comments

Hi. My name is Julian. (Hi, Julian!) And I’m addicted to Veronica Mars. With that admission out of the way, here’s one thing I find bizarre: The casting directors for a show set in California can’t seem to find anyone, for any of the various Latino roles, with a passable Spanish accent. I’ll give them […]

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Tags: Art & Culture

Sen vs. Malkin

September 13th, 2006 · 3 Comments

I’ll confess some mild disappointment with Amartya Sen’s recent book Identity and Violence. It is, as Philostrate might’ve put it, some 200 pages long, which is as brief as I have known a book, but by 200 pages it is too long. The core idea—that we need to see people as “diversely diverse” rather than […]

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Tags: Obedience and Insubordination

Let Friedman Ring

September 13th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Somehow or other, I never did get around to putting

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Tags: Random Cool Link