State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

another thought on empire
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The Iranian Reformers Have Won: Now Comes the Danger
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Some Home Truths About the Latest Iranian Revolution
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a morningish quote
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Why Care about Affirmative Action?
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why I am not a neoconservative
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The America of Nora Roberts.
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Let Me Love– Til Death Do Us Part
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on healthcare
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a poem
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talk radio for the kids
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thursday art walk
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The comments...

+ I'd say empire in the classic sense is veritably dead, but I don't see what redefining the term to include fewer requirements accomplishes? It seems [. . .]
Chris Dierkes
+ yeah. khamenei really backed himself far too early into a corner by validating the election. I suppose that gives more credence to the view [. . .]
matoko_chan
+ As I said, I think this is a perfectly sensible approach. But saying so out loud seems absolutely verboten. No. It is a perfectly [. . .]

That sounds about exactly right, Will.

matoko_chan

The right seems incapable......of many things.

matoko_chan
+ No Will.....anything that Obama says that can be percieved as support for the greens will harm them. The seems incapable of understanding that this [. . .]
Jaybird

It's like two entirely different conversations are taking place...

Will
+ Well said, Mark. I may write a longer post on this, but defending the status quo from a disruptive reform is a pretty conservative approach [. . .]
matoko_chan
+ What a bitter pill for the conservatives. Free market capitalism revealed as survival of the greediest, our foreign policy exposed as a recruitment bonus for the [. . .]
Will
+ Matoko - Given the state's near-monopoly on media output and the fact that Ahmadinejad et al have already accused Obama of "meddling," I think the best [. . .]
Jaybird

Don't be a racial slur either!

As a matter of fact, sexual references are right out too.

That was directed to Evan's comments. Sorry, I thought I hit reply.

Conor Friedersdorf
+ E.D. Would you mind adding the next couple lines to that transcript so that it includes my view that Iraq and Afghanistan do not make an [. . .]
+ At the Ivy-level isn’t there already a system of recognition of socio-economic status in need-blind admissions? Replacing student loans with grants at several Ivies (and [. . .]
matoko_chan
+ Dont be a retard Will. If Khameini and Nejad can stick the great satan onto Mousavi and the greens they are done. Obama is doing [. . .]
Will

Consumatopia -

My understanding is that many dissidents are calling for greater American assistance:

http://spectator.org/archives/2009/06/19/silence-isnt-golden/

+ Very good questions, Mike. I wouldn't care to guess as to the consequences of economic disentanglement. However, if we quit protecting the world, I think [. . .]
Consumatopia
+ Granted, I suppose there’s the question of how credible this accusation seems to the Iranian people, but in a country where the state controls the [. . .]
+ [...] neoconservatism writ large to be about lying, cheating and pillaging in the same way that, say, my fellow contributor E.D. does. But I do [. . .]

An art form because we are so blind to its existence. We see in all our actions benevolence...

Dan Miller

Re: romance novel writing--a bit of humility may be in order. I'd recommend this piece on the subject.

Bob Cheeks
+ Sweet desert flower you are indeed a techno-whatever. Also, your heart is in good order, I sense a great deal of love for your fellow [. . .]

equality at a high quality level or low quality level?

+ In Obama's case, even though he's known to be a good speaker, it may be best to remain silent. However, had history produced a great [. . .]
koan0215
+ I "America has made of empire an art form," then what's the problem? I think the reality is very much the opposite - that our [. . .]
greginak
+ Native residents of the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Hawaii as well as Native Americans certainly and correctly would see America as an empire. Guatemala was [. . .]
+ Perhaps I owe it all to having a daughter and just asking the fundamental questions about how I wish the world would be for her… [. . .]
+ Freddie, I read this when it first came out. Excellent piece... Jaybird: Part of the problem, I think, is that “romantic love” is seen as [. . .]
Joseph FM
+ Well yes. The problem is that absent a government monopoly "single payer" system that enrolls everyone by default- a system that would be politicallyimpossible [. . .]
B

STYLE ADVICE 1: Never, never ever, use 'pen' for 'write'.

Jaybird
+ Look at Kelo vs. New London for a great case upon which one can make sweeping generalizations about modern progressivism. Gonzales vs. Raich provides another... except [. . .]
Bob Cheeks
+ This conflict in the Middle East is to "take democracy to the Middle East," and while we've paid a horrific price in blood and [. . .]
Jaybird
+ Which is worse? Neoconservative Idealism or Kissingerian Realism? Both leave a bitter, bitter taste in ones mouth. Saying "this is not the way the world ought to [. . .]
+ Just because the US has been accused of something doesn't mean we should just go ahead and do it; it doesn't make it any more [. . .]
Jaybird
+ I dunno, I read that (at Andrew's first) and I thought, intellectually, how over the top and sentimental it was... while, inside, I felt fingers [. . .]
+ Evan: I agree with all of this, but I don't think it addresses my point above, which may not have been clear. Essentially, you can [. . .]
+ Presumably, the goal of preferential programs should be to reduce inequality, as Freddie alludes to. Using race is inferior to using income, as it allows [. . .]

I'm curious..If we are an empire in some new sense of the word...please define 'colonies'.

+ Good point about the family "unfriendliness" of conservative talk radio. Remember earlier this year when Rush made his "I hope he fails" comment, he [. . .]
+ Not true, jaybird. Not when discussing forms. If you write in form than you are already accepting the categorization ahead of time. [. . .]
Jaybird

to write a poem
and have it contain
every phrase
every drop of blood
every midichlorian
and then to see one's poem
categorized
the poet
dies
inside
like porkins
in the trench

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