State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

Nothing succeeds like repeated failure
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Just Because Someone’s Not an Engineer Does Not Make Them a Hippie
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A Response to ‘Democracy, Coercion, and Liberty’
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The dangers and the promise of a strong central state
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College is a Consumption Good
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Nothing Says “Follow Your Heart” Like A Degree in Business
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Democracy, Coercion, & Liberty
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The Dead Dragon and the Living Dragon
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The comments...

+ Pat, The PRC contradiction was in making a long slow steady move toward a market-oriented economy while still pretending to be communist.  That seems to work [. . .]
Patrick Cahalan

It's clearly all going back to Aristotle.

Patrick Cahalan
+ In your experience, Tod, how likely is a submitted resume from an unknown going to get to the end goal, vs. a resume from someone [. . .]

We're still trying to deal with the mess Jefferson left when he made the Louisiana Purchase.

+ But the more I think about it, the more I prefer “Mr. Blunt.” As if we need to give our critics anymore ammunition for claiming libertarians [. . .]
Patrick Cahalan

I think I'll call him "Bludgeon".

Because that's one awesome word, right there.

Patrick Cahalan
+ Which reality is that?  The one where four years after taking office Barry is still blaming Bush? How pathetic is that? If the GOP wins the [. . .]
+ Well, I always thought Rawls misunderstood his own theory, and that the veil of ignorance actually led to a more libertarian perspective than he did.  [. . .]
+ Missed as well.  But I still prefer "Mr. Object."  Using it makes me feel like I'm a character in a commedia dell'arte play. I also like [. . .]
Kimmi
+ no drama obama campaign was not about audaciousness. it was about believing, and putting boots on the ground early enough to matter. Yeah, we went with [. . .]
+ Hmm, I wonder about that, Stillwater.  The OWS movement seems solidly middle class, and liberal statements about the decline of the middle class seem, if [. . .]
Patrick Cahalan

In what way were the Soviet Union's own contradictions different from the People's Republic of China's contradictions?

Kimmi
+ stillwater, man, you must have caught Krugman on a Bad Day. I can't believe that's what he really thinks liberalism should be doing (he'd certainly throw [. . .]
+ James - No idea, obviously.  However, when weighing the financial pros and cons, you should remember to factor this into the mix: Whenever dad comes [. . .]
Jason Kuznicki

Missed it entirely.

But the more I think about it, the more I prefer "Mr. Blunt."

Patrick Cahalan

they’re on the tuition exchange list

I would think this is almost a requirement :)

+ Tod, I agree, and told my daughter that some debt for school is ok, but that I was glad she was being thoughtful about the issue. Interesting [. . .]
Patrick Cahalan

I need to read this again.  Okay, a couple more times, actually.

pete.mack
+ Madam, would you sleep with me for £1M? How about £5? What kind of lady do you think I am? We've already decided that; now we're simply negotiating [. . .]

Did Jason and Tod both miss the reference in Blunt's comment?

Surely that's not possible.

Before I was a philosophy major, I was a chemistry major.

Organic, yo.

Stillwater
+ James, Yeah, that's a bit unclear. I meant it mostly to contrast past liberal views, in which middle class issues formed the cornerstone of their [. . .]
James K
+ I agree with you.  Reagan might have hastened the inevitable (maybe), but the Soviet Union was undone by its own contradictions. Communism is definitely one plausible [. . .]

Dude - This post was a most awesome catch!  And the graphs are killer.  Well done.

+  I don't think he's necessarily a hypocrite. But he has demonstrated himself to be an astonishingly cautious (uncharitable read: cowardly; charitable read: hands off) politician. This [. . .]
BlaiseP

Very well put.   A further expansion on that thought over here.

+ [...] understood, at least by me, and judging by the ensuring discussions, not by most others, either. In his latest attempt I thought he phrased [. . .]
James K
+ Economics is an odd duck.  On the one hand it's a asocial science, but on the other hand you learn a lot of applied math [. . .]
+ My wife's a bit of a hippie and her friends are definitely hippies. She's a therapist- comes with the territory. I had to adjust to [. . .]

I don't know that Obama is, in fact, a hypocrite.

He merely doesn't believe what he was perfectly happy letting us think he believed.

+ Stillwater,  could you restate the following? lots of leading liberals don’t even believe that a robust middle class is general good anymore I think I probably agree, [. . .]
+ In their horror of being seen as supporting anything that the Left can describe as "rightwing" ideology, liberals are shamed into supporting leftist ideas which [. . .]
Stillwater
+ James, You and bluntobject (Matt) are hammering in the same theme here, and I think it's a good one to hammer on. It's a bit [. . .]
Kimmi
+ Floyd, You misread me entirely. If that is my fault, you have my apology! No, whatever MacArthur did, he was in no way shape or form [. . .]

Thank you for your contributions. Especially your insights on MacArthur.

+ Feh, I am pretty confident that most wearers of Che's mug have little in the way of a knowledge of the mans history or his [. . .]
+  Bruce, my claim is much squishier than you may be getting from your reading of me. Remember that in this little article I'm primarily talking [. . .]
Kimmi

It shouldn't. What propaganda wheels turn, turn finely, and process bullshit into rainbows. [Advice Dog to the Rescue!]

+ Though I do think he was overrated and a legend in his own mind: Gen Mac did not starve 7 million peasants to death in one [. . .]
+  The Authority label is a broad one, I concede, but my own reading is that American conservatives merely substituted alternative authorities for the old monarchs. [. . .]
Kimmi

I think you're missing my point -- I'm quoting FDR. My friends on the ground note exactly how Occupy DC resembles the Bonus Army.

I'd prefer we treated the pro-OWS "$200,000 in debt" meme and the puppetry as outliers, actually.

+ James - Print away, and thanks! As far as your observations with your daughter are concerned, I tend to take away both "Good" and "Bad" from [. . .]
+ Alan, some, I'm sure, but not all.  I'm no expert on this, to be sure, but my college's Health Studies Institute director and I are [. . .]

My 93 year old uncle was one of the paymaster/bookeeper's for  Gen. Mac.  Truman made a good decision.

Benno
+ You say kids used to want to astronauts, and I agree.  But where does that put me?  When I entered kindergarten I wanted to be [. . .]
 
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