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…

The Trouble with PETA

Ingrid Newkirk wants to shock us into awareness of animal suffering by demanding in her will that her corpse be treated as if it were an animal’s.  This strategy, like so much of PETA’s strategy, is a bit misguided.  Take it away, Ken: PETA’s public relations strategy depends upon the premise that if people knew…

Two Individualisms

The discussion surrounding community, individualism, materialism, and the current economic and political crisis is anything but a discussion of perfect definitions or easy answers, and much of it is lodged only in vague theoretical hypothesis, or couched in moral arguments rather than arguments of cold, hard reason or data.  Essentially, where I argue against the…

quote for today

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves…

Thank God for modern…

…medicine, or at least dentistry.  I was in the dentist chair today and thinking to myself how much worse this would be without things like novacaine and modern fillings and so forth.  I was thinking about the alternatives – wooden teeth; gold teeth; no teeth.  At one point in time, you could very well die…

Geithner’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Bank Plan

This is my third financial/economic/treasury round-up.  I am not an expert in these matters so what I’ve been trying to do is bring some expert voices to the League in order to better flesh out these thoughts.  If anybody wants to add more relevant links to the comments, I’d appreciate it, because this crazy treasury…

Sunday Poem

The Portent by Herman Melville HANGING from the beam, Slowing swaying (such the law), Gaunt the shadow on your green, Shenandoah! The cut is on the crown (Lo, John Brown), And the stabs shall heal no more. Hidden in the cap Is the anguish none can draw; So your future veils its face, Shenandoah! But…

Jacob Weisberg, I promise– I promise– 100 years from today, millions of paper-and-ink books will be being printed. I promise.

what the Journolist kerfuffle suggests

This whole Journolist fracas that has been kicking around lately has again dredged up some of my suspicions about how the right really views the institutions they consider to be on the left. Look, I don’t think it’s a big secret that similar listserves exist for right-of-center commentariat types, and indeed, there are also investigative…

word for the day

infandous:  ““Unspeakable, not to be spoken of; nefarious,”  (archaic).  As in:  “[MP George Galloway] is an “infandous street-corner Cromwell.” –Alykhan Velshi, a spokesperson for Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Re: barring Galloway entry to Canada. Link here.  Accent is on 2nd syllable.

quote of the day

“Talk about misplaced anger. Wall Street built a wooden house, stuffed it with flammable material, set it on fire, and then poured gasoline on the blaze. And now it’s blaming the inferno on the arson inspector, who wasn’t appointed until after the fire had reached three-alarm status?” ~Daniel Grossman

Growth vs/equal to Prosperity?

Will Wilkinson reprints the response of John Cochrane to the Brad DeLong-Luigi Zingales debate at the Economist.  [The whole debate is very much worth the read]. Cochrane begins: Nobody is Keynesian now, really. Keynes distrusted investment and did not think about growth. Now, we all understand that growth, fueled by higher productivity, is the key…

less (legal and moral) light re: abortion

Kyle over at Vogue Republic has a thought-provoking two parter set (Part I and Part II) of reflections responding to Freddie’s post the other day on liberal induction and abortion rights.  Kyle covers a whole lot of ground on a number of various points (legal consistency, all rights having restrictions in our society, the lack…

because not all poems should fall on Sundays

After Work ~by Gary Snyder The shack and a few trees float in the blowing fog I pull out your blouse, warm my cold hands on your breasts. you laugh and shudder peeling garlic by the hot iron stove. bring in the axe, the rake, the wood we’ll lean on the wall against each other…

us lacking political capacity

Clive Crook writing in The Financial Times: Political capacity is the real key, and here is where I would question the administration’s judgment. The prospects for Mr Obama’s agenda depend on his ability to marshal political capital and spend it wisely. In the simplest terms, he needs to stay as popular as he can for…

Remarking on the Unremarkable and Making it Remarkable

Earlier tonight, I expressed surprise that the idea that AIPAC is more powerful and active than any other foreign policy interest group is deemed at all controversial.  I went on to point out some indisputable facts and figures about AIPAC’s lobbying activities, combined with some personal anecdotes and an explanation of the important role lobbyists…