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Archive for the ‘Ideology’ Category

A billion dollars can’t buy us a fire extinguisher? (UPDATED)

June 27, 2010

The burning police car images have worked out very well both to publicly legitimate the cost of the security apparatus mobilized for the G20 events, and to divert the media from covering the substance of both what’s going on inside the fence, and the valid critical positions that are being represented outside of it (since […]

A systematic pretense of an inability to understand

May 25, 2010

This response by Popper to the Frankfurt School critique of his approach in The Positivist Dispute in German Sociology was recently posted to the philosophy sub-reddit, under the title “Could someone help me find an article by Karl Popper mocking the Frankfurt School?” (subtitled “It was posted here a few months ago and I believe […]

Adorno explains Palin’s tactics, but Obama’s?

April 19, 2010

Under the subject line “Adorno explains how Palin is able to deploy such psychologically sophisticated tactics…”, I recently sent Andrew Sullivan the following quote: “The leader can guess the psychological wants and needs of those susceptible to his propaganda because he resembles them psychologically, and is distinguished from them by a capacity to express without […]

9/11 conspiracists circle Ground Zero

August 15, 2009

I’m in New York now and I needed to buy shoes today. My uncle’s boyfriend—who I’d had lunch with—recommended I check out the department store “Century 21” down by the WTC site in lower Manhattan (a very good recommendation, incidentally). Anyway, I decided to walk down from 17th and found my way to the WTC […]

Tyler Cowen challenges progressives to give an intelligent definition of libertarianism

August 8, 2009

He tries to do the same for progressivism here. I would note that he’s very specific. So much so that while I’m sure many progressives do fall under the tent he constructs, many (including me) do not; at least not in terms of the details. In responding to his counter challenge, I would further note […]


August 7, 2009

Isn’t it telling when someone won’t even allow their opponents the sonic space to make their arguments? Put the screamers on the spot for even a second and it becomes strikingly clear that they have no clothes. From Krugman today: There was a telling incident at a town hall held by Representative Gene Green, D-Tex. […]

Libertarian takedown of the day

July 30, 2009

Thought I’d throw a log on the pyre (does one throw logs onto pyres?…) on which I’ve been burning libertarianism’s corpse. Thomas Levenson, do your work: I don’t read McArdle much because I know she doesn’t know what she’s talking about, and the glibness of her ignorance and the infantile quality of her ideology (that […]

The unreason of rational overreach

July 29, 2009

Neat entry on the Plank comparing Romney and MacNamara. Sample: As Nicholas Lemann once wrote in a New Yorker piece about the consulting business, the “metrics” and methods used by companies like Bain endow their employees with the sense that they can solve any problem, no matter how shallow their understanding of the industry they’re […]

Playing a libertarian’s game: Radley Balko’s “State your limits” challenge (UPDATED)

July 24, 2009

This post is dedicated to Dane who clued me into Radley Balko’s blog, and originally told me about Balko’s “State Your Limits” challenge yesterday afternoon. The challenge in general terms is as follows: …Every initiative announced by the Obama administration pushes us further into uncharted territory on both fronts [“the growth and size of government”], […]

The ticket to success as a conservative pundit…

July 22, 2009

…is apparently to lower the level of one’s contributions to the discourse. A friend of mine—recently described as “a rising star of the conservative movement” by the American Spectator and with whom I have a tendency to rather vehemently disagree—recently had a piece picked up by Real Clear Politics, and that has hence been getting […]