A Meditation for Good Friday

The strangest (and perhaps sickest it could be argued) thing we Christians say is that this day is good.  Why?  What sense does it make to call a day in which you remember how a loving person was brutally tortured and executed by a crushing imperial state good?  How on earth is there anything good…

How Movement Conservatives Are Killing Capitalism

When you falsely complain that every single thing your opponents try to do is socialism and absurdly hold your bloviating, unpopular selves up as bastions of capitalism, you probably shouldn’t be surprised when people start thinking socialism doesn’t look so bad, and capitalism doesn’t look so good.  So suggests, in part, Chris Good.  Let the…

When Should Judges Defer?

Note – Will and I exchanged a few emails on judicial activism, cultural change, and the courts’ public legitimacy in the wake of the Iowa gay marriage ruling. We’ve published an edited version below: Will: I’ve enjoyed your and Dave’s posts on originalism – are you familiar with Rosenberg’s “hollow hope” argument against court-instigated progressive change?…

Palms

The following images I found rather startling, actually – which is largely due to the fact that in America men walking about in white pointy hoods generally denote membership to certain rather ugly groups.  This is apparently not the case in Spain.

Catholicism as a Diploma

I’m late to this, I know, but I just caught Christopher Buckley’s post on Newt Gingrich’s recent conversion to Catholicism: Mr. Gingrich’s brain is a 24/7 phenomenon: Half the time, you sit there just dazzled, the other half you want to stuff a baguette-end in his mouth to make him shut up. In the old…

Observe and report.

Observe and Report is going to surprise many people who go see it this weekend. And perhaps not in a good way. From the TV spots for Seth Rogen’s new movie, you might think he’s revisiting the irresponsible-yet-good-hearted cop character he played in Superbad (i.e. the irresponsible-yet-good-hearted character he’s played in all his movies so…

The Business of Conflict

“When conflict becomes a business, a nation’s business becomes conflict. When mighty industries are built on war, only a fool will expect peace.” –Philip Primeau Philip’s larger point – that a privatized national defense, and a national acceptance of mercenaries as a tool for the public defense is very, very troubling – is one worth…

Pandora Conundrum

I long ago gave up buying or even downloading music in favor of streaming it for free on Pandora – a free online radio station that does a pretty impressive job of tuning its stations to your own tastes.  The mechanism it uses to do this is a simple thumbs up/thumbs down on each song.

Equal Protection Under the Laws: The Libertarian Ideal

Thanks to John, I am pointed to these two rather strange arguments in favor of the Drug War and against libertarian use of statistics on race against the Drug War from Jonah Goldberg.  John does a pretty good job explaining why Goldberg’s arguments are so strange.  The only thing I’d really add is that the…

Mario Loyola is making sense

Here’s a sober response to North Korea’s latest provocation: Because we are not willing to starve the poor North Koreans, and because Kim Jong-Il is even less willing to give up his nuclear weapons program, neither the Six Party talks nor any other policy scheme anyone has proposed has much chance of working. The window…

Plain Wrong

Governor Mark Sanford in The American Conservative, March 2009 (emphasis mine): He also deviates from the Republican line on foreign policy. In Congress, he opposed Clinton’s intervention in Kosovo. And he was one of only two Republicans to vote against the 1998 resolution to make regime change in Iraq the official policy of the United…

Goldberg Variations

Down-blog, Freddie takes a few shots at Jeffrey Goldberg: This is like an awful lot of other things that Goldberg is perpetually aggrieved about. The way that he threads the needle between holding views very similar to other writers while still maintaining that those writers are fundamentally malign is that he always imputes the very…

How Culture Warriors View the Judiciary…

This is an adaptation of a classic Tim Sandefur post written about five years while he was in the process of shredding conservatives in a bit of a blawgospheric battle over Lawrence v Texas, largely fought between libertarians and conservatives (those posts are on the same page I link to).  In any event, I’ve made…

Sunday Poem series

The Kraken by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Below the thunders of the upper deep; Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee About his shadowy sides: above him swell Huge sponges of millennial growth and height; And far away into the sickly light, From many a…

The Limits of Secularization

Secularization is part of a long trend toward moral liberalization. That the Iowa Supreme Court would unanimously rule prohibition of gay marriage illegal when a decade ago this would have seemed impossible is just one example of this very welcome trend.  ~Will Wilkinson This is a tricky subject for me – on the one hand,…