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Entries from January 2010

Last Thought on Citizens United

January 25th, 2010 · 17 Comments

At the risk of rambling on redundantly, I want to stress one thing about my attitude toward the Citizens United case: We’ve been focusing on this question of “corporate personhood” because that’s the legal frame we’ve been handed, but it’s pretty much irrelevant to my thinking about this question. The root conviction here is just […]

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Tags: Law

Paternalism and Campaign Finance Law

January 22nd, 2010 · 28 Comments

Something that’s implicit in a lot of defenses of the Citizens United ruling I’ve seen in the past day is probably worth noting explicitly: The ban on independent corporate/union expendituures for “electioneering communications” that the court struck down was actually quite narrow.  Basically it covered TV and radio advertising, and didn’t touch myriad other forms […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics · Journalism & the Media · Law

Me on Patriot at Cato — Digest Version

January 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments

For those who didn’t want to sit through the full panel, here’s an eight minute excerpt:

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion

Maybe They Can Make Him Some Pink Underwear

January 8th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Federal prosecutors have convened a grand jury in the investigation into Arizona thug Joe Arpaio. I suppose he’s unlikely to spend his last  pathetic years chained to a peg in the ground in some sweltering “tent city”—but one can dream.

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Tags: Law

The Spectre of Pacifism

January 4th, 2010 · 27 Comments

There’s a running conversation over at the Corner about the parallels between opposition to torture and pacifism, which is really just a thinly-veiled version of one of those tendentious hypotheticals about the nuclear bomb in Manhattan whose location (you know with apodictic certainty) can only be uncovered through the judicious application of thumbscrews. As such, […]

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Tags: Moral Philosophy

Holmesie Don’t Play That

January 4th, 2010 · 13 Comments

I haven’t seen Sherlock Holmes yet, but I’ve seen way too many writers who ought to know better pitching the so-contrarian-its-now-CW line that Guy Ritchie’s transformation of Conan Doyle’s überrational sleuth into a two-fisted brawler is actually faithful to Conan Doyle’s original stories. After all, Holmes is described as being not just a skilled boxer, […]

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Tags: Art & Culture