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  • The Echo Chamber Rules
    on Jan 31, 2009 in conservatism media/culture
    At the end of a long and rambling post blaming David Kuo for the failure of Culture11, Robert Stacy McCain asks rhetorically: … if you’re trying to attract a conservative readership, slamming Sarah Palin [ed.: wasn’t there an adult film mad.
  • “Freedom For Religion”
    on Jan 30, 2009 in government religion
    Leaving aside for the time being the vexed question of what Rawls would say, this essay of Rick Garnett’s seems to me to have quite a lot to recommend it. A couple of crucial grafs: In the “American model,” the law does not purport to exclude r...
  • Necessities
    on Jan 30, 2009 in miscellany
    Either American life has gotten a lot harder over the past ten years, or there’s been a massive dropoff in our ability to deal with its rigors without the help of modern technologies. Well, that or we’ve utterly lost our collective grip on what t...
  • Sit Tight.
    on Jan 30, 2009 in self-referentiality
    Blogging is likely to be light for the next few days as I try to get my head on straighter. Posted in self-referentiality      ...
  • Where From Here?
    on Jan 29, 2009 in conservatism media/culture
    Concerning the end of Culture11 and the future of Electric Kool-Aid Conservatism, JL Wall writes: Perhaps it’s arrogant for a would-be writer to go about proclaiming that what we need now are “writers” — but that word alone kind of misses the...
  • Recycling
    on Jan 28, 2009 in energy environment
    The Telegraph reports that it may be contributing to global warming. I’m inclined to quote what Russell Arben Fox wrote last week: … I am fully aware of the various economic impact calculations that have been made of recycling efforts over the ye...
  • Stop the CPSIA!
    on Jan 28, 2009 in government libertarianism
    Via Eve at the Sisterblog, I see that Walter Olson, whose work on the product safety debacle I linked the other day, on  has declared that today is CPSIA Blogging Day. Unfortunately I didn’t get notice in time to pull something more sub
  • “After Enlightenment”
    on Jan 28, 2009 in philosophy self-referentiality
    The latest issue of Commonweal magazine carries my review of Louis Dupré’s Religion and the Rise of Modern Culture, a short but very dense book that I liked quite a lot. The review is, however, available only to subscribers –
  • “Let us not mock God with metaphor”
    on Jan 28, 2009 in religion
    Matthew Boudway discusses Updike’s “Seven Stanzas at Easter”: The poem is unambivalently Christian, and one wonders whether Updike could–or would–have written it later in his career. Ambivalence about all things, but perhaps especially abou...
  • Dissent
    on Jan 28, 2009 in economics politics
    The Cato Institute runs an ad, signed by hundreds of professional economists, disputing President Obama’s claim that the supposed need for a government-led “recovery plan” for our economy is, well, undisputed (click the image for a pdf of the f...
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