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Seriously…

The next time I hear someone mention The Community Reinvestment Act as a proximate cause of the financial crisis, I’m going to scream.  To conservatives and my fellow libertarians, at some point, you are going to have to recognize and acknowledge that actions by individuals operating within lightly regulated or unregulated markets played as much of…

Gone to Pot

I had planned to kick things off with a sweeping introductory post, but it seems William Brafford has already taken care of the intellectual heavy-lifting. For now, the essentials of my biography can be found here. I’m very excited to join such an infamous blogging project, and to start, I thought I’d respond to Scott’s…

So when…

…will the “free market” take care of this anomaly?  Fact is, the government isn’t doing a very good job of it, but private enterprise hasn’t really made buying food a very transparent process either.  I feel perpetually duped buying food at the “natural health food store” here in town for this very reason.  I want…

Tradition and Ideology

J.L. Wall, writing in response to Scott’s treatise on 21st Century Conservatism, writes: There’s a danger in a self-conscious tradition, and a tradition in which it’s acceptable to toss off a limb for the sake of the whole — traditions, in addition to being billion-headed rabbis (not letting that analogy go, folks), are like starfish:…

Ahhh, Slate

Among the many editorial disagreements I have with Slate.com is the fact that, very often, their subheads or “jumpheads” (or whatever alternative web headlines are called) are written in a style that, in a desperate attempt to appear more salacious or provocative, ends up misrepresenting the content of the article in question. Happens all the…

ad hoc justice

So it looks as though Spain is opening formal criminal inquiries into alleged war crimes surrounding the use of torture by the Bush administration.  Judge Baltasar Garzón is involved in the investigation, the same guy who prosecuted Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean dictator propped up for years by the CIA.  So perhaps there’s something “full-circle” about…

Comments

I have installed a commenting system called Intense Debate which allows people to have user accounts, track their comments, and lots of other fancy things that I’m not really 100% sure about yet.  In any case, it’s software recently purchased by Automattic – the makers of WordPress (which runs the League) – so it should…

Dear New York Times,

Writing an article like this, making empirical claims with almost entirely anecdotal evidence, and a single study, that doesn’t address the question you are raising (or assert the answer you are very much suggesting) — which you have utterly failed to explain in any way that enables your readers to make informed decisions about the value…

Working with what we’ve got….

I’m sure I’ve run this course long enough.  I’ve been in constant contemplation of the merits of the individual vs. the community.  I’ve written endlessly about the subject and read a good deal on Catholic social teaching, distributism, mutualism, anarchy, dignity of labor, new urbanism, choice, free trade, etc. etc. etc.  This will be my…

This…

….is the promise of globalization.  Just like coat factories that moved from the States to Eastern Europe and then off to China, and from there…to where?  Factories pop up for just a few years before heading on to greener pastures where labor is even cheaper than before.  Boom and bust.

Children…

Nattavudh Powdthavee is completely off the mark.  Having children is not like winning the lottery.  The happiness we experience from our children is lasting, constant, omnipresent, and far deeper than any material gain.  It is also hard, and frustrating, and the most tiring experience of my life, which makes it all that much more meaningful. 

New Deal Originalism?

I may have respect for Andrew McCarthy, despite my many disagreements with his legal positions, but why are we waxing poetic about Judge Robert Bork?  That he is the conservative benchmark for interpreting the Constitution is rather pathetic when you consider the list of grievances Randy Barnett, the author of Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of…

Grrrr….

You know, there are actual policy consequences for the kind of “haha, the stoners came out!” attitude that President Obama, and the media, demonstrated towards the question about ending the prohibition of marijuana at the “digital town hall” event. I was just watching MSNBC and they had some newsdouche on to talk about the event.…

Sameness

“Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with difference. We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.” – Lois Lowry, The Giver My…

Guest Post: Philip Primeau

I’ve always despised the zealous conviction of converts. Be it an infidel turned god fearing evangelist, a chastened comrade trading the red of communism for the red of Republicanism, or a longtime super-gay discovering suddenly his hidden thing for chicks, the act is always essentially the same: Stupefying, predictable, splashed vulgarly far and wide, stinking…

Quote of the Day

This, from Aziz Poonwalla, sums up the problem with Talk Radio Dogmatism, the Cult of the Image of Reagan, and Talking Heads Conservatism in one sentence, especially the words I bolded: Movement status, especially as promoted by sites like RedState that espouse nothing more than ideological litmus tests that are bereft of any linking narrative…

random

The concept of describing alcoholics as either “on” or “off” the wagon is one I have trouble wrapping my brain around.  To me, I imagine being “on the wagon” with some friends knocking back beers.  And falling “off the wagon” seems to be the inevitable consequence of having had one too many.  And so it…

The View from my Wife’s Lens

[Chris] The View from Your Window today at Sullivan’s digs is a photo my lovely wife took on our honeymoon.  We stayed in a well constructed wood hut.  The very cool owners had a parrot who took a liking to me so he would hang out (very early in the morning) outside our hut and…

Conservative De-Nihilism

There’s something remarkably self-absorbed and, well, amusing, about someone who either never heard of a website or, in the alternative, never actually visited the site claiming to understand what that site’s demise demonstrates.  The only thing more self-absorbed that I can imagine is yet another person who either never heard of the site or never actually visited…

Extricating Oneself From a Buzz-Saw

On further review, I’m persuaded that I overstated the argument that localism requires globalism.  Says the pro-free trade James Joyner: While they of course retain distinct local flavors, it’s amazing how similar the major metropolitan areas are.  One will encounter many of the same chain stores in New York, London, Milan, Paris, and Cairo.  And the downtown…