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Entries from September 2009

Darwin: Too Hot for US?

September 14th, 2009 · 11 Comments

I’m happy to join in a bout of public lamentation over our national ignorance of—and hostility toward—science, but I’m extremely skeptical about this story, which seems to be getting a good deal of bloglove.  The premise is that a critically-hailed biopic about Charles Darwin isn’t finding a U.S. distributor because it will be “hugely divisive” […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Journalism & the Media · Religion · Science

Here Comes the Sunstein

September 11th, 2009 · 6 Comments

I’m happy to see scholar Cass Sunstein finally confirmed to head OIRA despite the bizarre attempt to paint him as a fire-breathing radical determined to seize your guns—presumably using the mutant mastery of magnetism with which all OIRA directors are endowed.   The panic might have been avoided if, instead of mining his academic work […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Science

Not Dead, Merely Resting

September 8th, 2009 · 6 Comments

And not even resting that much, but as I noted earlier, expect to see a good deal more of my blogging over at Cato@Liberty these days. Here’s a long one on the recent call for more regulation of behavioral ads—which, believe it or not, I only mostly disagree with.

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Tags: Self Promotion · Tech and Tech Policy

More Dworkin!

September 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Chris Bertram reminds me that Ronald Dworkin’s view of justice in health care is actually quite similar to the “distributive-justice-plus-paternalism” account that I’ve argued is a more coherent progressive position than a nebulous “right to health care.” On this view, what society should do is, in effect, buy for each person the sort of insurance […]

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Tags: Moral Philosophy