Who was Spengler?

I can’t remember how I first found Spengler, but it was sometime in the fall of 2007 when I was tentatively trying to figure out how to run my first blog. Then as now, stumbling across obviously intelligent writers with highly idiosyncratic, often repulsive, and yet sometimes weirdly compelling takes on the world was a…

Weekend League Round-Up!!!

We have been accused from time to time of having far too many posts many of which are far too long – and conversely, others have accused us of having far too few posts, though few have complained that they were much too short.  In any case, here’s a little round-up of what you may…

Justice claims are moral claims.

Scott makes the argument, bizarre to my ears, that the language of morality has somehow become the special property of the religious Right, and implies that the movement liberalism has neglected its inheritance of moral reasoning. Liberals, he says, are forgoing moral considerations in order to focus on “what works.” I’m unclear on exactly which…

Initial Thoughts on the Memos

I’ve had time to give the Bybee memo a good read, and I’ve gotten pretty far into the first Bradbury memo.  First, let me say that I think my position on the techniques stated therein has been made pretty clear over the last several years I’ve been blogging.  My moral outrage is undiminished. One thing…

Retiring from the League…

…taking up residence to the libertarian paradise that is Somalia.  I’ve had a few liberals tell me I ought to go there.  I could use a change of scenery anyway. H/T to the commenter who made reference to the Somalia Snark.  Yes, I think people who say that are idiots. Don’t mind the humor.  Given…

Friday Night Jukebox

Customarily, these Friday Night Jukebox posts come with some ruminations about the musician or music in question. But I’m afraid the same real-life conditions that compel me to post these videos leave me able to only say, listen to Neil….

truth and consequences

“Disclosure of the techniques is likely to be met by faux outrage, and is perfectly packaged for media consumption. It will also incur the utter contempt of our enemies. Somehow, it seems unlikely that the people who beheaded Nicholas Berg and Daniel Pearl, and have tortured and slain other American captives, are likely to be…

Intellectual Insecurity

To follow-up briefly on the recent discussion regarding intramural conservative debate, there’s an odd tendency among certain mainstream conservatives to unduly concern themselves with enforcing intellectual orthodoxy. Case in point is this hysterical blog post from National Review’s Cesar Conda, which implores the Hoover Institute to kick Professor Diane Ravitch off the payroll for suggesting…

Creating Apathy by Fighting Apathy

Scott (and, by implication, Freddie) has put together a challenging retort to my arguments that most large-scale political protests are inevitably undermined by the unpreventable introduction of irrelevant issues into the protest and are thus exercises in futility.   At the risk of beating a dead horse, Scott’s riposte really deserves a full response.  Scott essentially concedes…

Pomocon returns

Ordinarily, this would probably be the sort of thing that would go up in a minipost. But clearly James Poulos and his band require pride of place here at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen. Pomocon is back. So I hope you’ll all join me in welcoming James and the gang back and updating your RSS…

This…

Is exactly what I was talking about.  Is it an anti-Obama protest, an anti-spending protest, an anti-tax protest, an anti-illegal immigrant protest, an anti-secularism protest, or an anti-Democrat protest?  Messages are painfully difficult to control – the question in the minds of the protesters should be how they think these images look in the mind…

What the Iraq War Is and What it Isn’t

Let’s start with “isn’t” first: ________________________________________ It’s not a war just about spreading democracy. It’s not a war just about oil. It’s not a war just about stopping a brutal dictator who supposedly had weapons of mass destruction. It’s not a war of humanitarian intervention. It’s not a plot cooked up by some secret cabal…

Setting the Record Straight

I’d be a bit remiss if I didn’t link to this interview between Rachel Maddow and Stephen Gordon on the Tea Party protests and the conservative/libertarian divide thereon.  Much as I stand by everything I wrote the other day on this issue, Gordon has been doing  yeoman’s work trying to both set the record straight and keep the…

Speaking of that DHS Report….

I’m with Thoreau – first in, first out.  The DHS report is ridiculous, disturbing, terrifying, etc. – and for all the reasons that others have pointed out.  But you can’t be selective in which groups are entitled to civil liberties, and which aren’t.  If movement conservatives are going to sign on to the battle for…

A Plea for Engagement

Via the American Conservative, I see that Sean Scallon’s challenging article on Jimmy Carter is getting some well-deserved attention. And for that, I’m glad – it’s an interesting take on a fascinating historical figure.  But you know who I’d really like to see respond to Scallon’s piece? How about a National Review symposium, or perhaps…

pentecostalization

In honor of the Easter weekend I suppose, the Sunday Magazine lead article in the NyTimes this week was about the immigration of African forms of Christianity into America, particularly of a Pentecostal variety. Andrew Rice’s long, winding article covers a whole mess of  ground–some of it well, some of maybe not so well inevitable…

Call to Arms

I think conservatives are justifiably upset by the Department of Homeland Security’s recent report on right-wing domestic terrorism. It’s not that I find the idea of violent extremism totally implausible (I don’t!), I just think that releasing something like this in the midst of a tumultuous political climate is unnecessarily provocative, particularly when the report…

tech bleg

So I’m the kind to always build my own PCs from parts, cause I hate paying a premium, tend to build higher-end systems (where the economic advantage is highest), don’t want to pay for bundled software, cannibalize my old system for fans, optical drives and hard drives, network cards, etc. Anyway I’m looking at stuff…

There’s GAAP and then there’s GAAAP

When I was in my graduate finance program many years ago, the accounting professors told us that the meaning of the acronym GAAP was Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.  When I took my class in financial statements analysis two years later, the professor laid out his case that GAAP meant Generally Anything At All Possible (our…

Correctly Political: Tea and Sympathy for the Devil You Know

“Children’s Tea Party,” Morton H. B. Bly, 1919 by jfxgillis R.S.V.P. Wednesday, April 15th, Tax Day (reminder to self: file tax return or else), is also the day designated by grass-roots conservatives as a day of protest, the “Tea Party” movement. Intriguingly, the Tea Parties have inspired much discussion and debate–but almost none of which…

Fragmentation

Esteemed co-blogger Chris Dierkes has a challenging post on the democratic process. Here’s a decent summary: In our late modern (or postmodern if you like) world, with the proliferation of many interests and sub-interests, causing fragmentation across society (”the long tail” phenomenon), aligning interests becomes nearly impossible. There are too many interests, too many too…

The Practical Art of Possible Interests

Señor Payne a few posts down shrewdly argues that political hyper-partisanship is a outgrowth of laziness.  He documents lo the many ways this is the case. A better approach in his mind is the following: That the practice of politics might lead us to an improved quality of life dates back to the original political…