State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

a poem
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Why Care about Affirmative Action?
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a morningish quote
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Redefining Prosperity
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The America of Nora Roberts.
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The Iranian Reformers Have Won: Now Comes the Danger
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why I am not a neoconservative
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The Role of Shia Theology in The Revolt
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“the big lie”
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The comments...

Very true, Mike. Like I said - very rusty. Thanks!

+ This is a mini-Ghazal (not) Princes, no longer born, have no god or gold, or blood to mask a common fault, They preen, posture, self-proclaim, but fall [. . .]
+ Not really -- this is a Ghazal: Ghazal by Gene Doty The silver maple's new green holds weariness: under the redbud, in clean dirt, only weariness. Closing the [. . .]
+ This, however, brings up the other point I was trying to make in this essay: do you even need to scrap race-based AA programs if [. . .]
+ But this does more than just accuse conservatives of siding with the executive more often than not. It accuses movement conservatives of siding with [. . .]
+ Agreed, and I'm sure you read Reason's piece on legacy admissions awhile back making this point. For what it's worth, Ward Connerly also opposes legacy [. . .]
+ I'm saying this: 1) Calling siding with the executive "conservative" is simply not true. 2) However, the conservative movement writ large has increased the [. . .]

So why are you saying that Toobin's and Yglesias' statements represent the modern conservative movement?

+ [...] Bird of Prey I know this is nothing new, but ED Kain makes some points that I’ve made myself regarding the limited [. . .]
+ My point is just that this sweeping generalization is not only overly broad, but is also downright inaccurate. The fact is that there are [. . .]
+ Right. I agree. I think Yglesias is being far too overly simplistic - indeed, not really knowing much about Roberts or these cases, [. . .]
+ But even there - and keeping in mind, I'm not in the least bit a fan of what is called "conservative jurisprudence" these days - [. . .]

Heh. I was more concerned with the line "That’s conservative jurisprudence in a nutshell."

+ Well, yes - but only if you first get rid of what are effectively set-asides for rich and upper middle class white kids. Otherwise [. . .]
+ Argh! Now you're going to force me to defend Justice Roberts? I've seen this claim of Toobin's repeated about 100 times now, and [. . .]
+ Yet this highlights the fact the bigger issue isn't race, but economic mobility, right? If this is the problem being addressed, preferential programs should be [. . .]
koan0215
+ I also read 4 or 5 books at a time. I don't think I started doing that until about 2003, which correlates to the time [. . .]
Michael Drew
+ Chris, would you agree that the Ayatollah's first-order OODA failure at a grand-strategic regime-survival level was deciding in advance to scuttle the election? He [. . .]
Michael Drew
+ Forget about their being mothers and gfs -- it's they themselves in the first order who decide it. If the women themselves go one [. . .]
matoko_chan
+ I am a technodroid Bob. I would loathe that person. I made a twitter account and DM'd a proxy id to someone distributing unblocked accounts to Iranian [. . .]

It just shows how starved people are for enchantment in a disenchanted world.

matoko_chan
+ No Jaybird....the chinese population is fungeable. They could whack 2500 students and wound 20,000 and get away with it. They had spares. And the chinese didn't [. . .]
+ I told my wife she ought to go into the romance novel writing business (jokingly) because first off, it can't be that hard right? [. . .]
Jaybird

I don't know, necessarily. I would have thought that Tank Man signalled the end of the Chinese government as-we-knew-it.

+ [...] here we need to bring back the earlier discussion of Shia theology.  Iran is an Islamic Republic.  Or at least prior from 1979 until [. . .]
+ Kyle, I'm not really sure. It was a lot of things I suppose all happening at the same time. I'd probably need to [. . .]
+ Thanks Michael. I would say that I do have a great deal of faith in humanity - it is what humanity has created and [. . .]
+ I sometimes wonder if the world has become dependent on the US, and if the US pulled out -- quit funding the world -- [. . .]

Mark,

There is a major fundamental difference which you have inspired me to write about on my blog. I should have it finished by tomorrow.

Jaybird
+ The younguns vs. the old guard? I kinda reminds me of the counterculture of the 60's... assuming, of course, the 60's had more Tories and fewer [. . .]
+ Mike: I wasn't trying to suggest that Buchanan has ever been considered a libertarian, just that the sentiments in some of the claims he's making [. . .]
+ It's important to point out that in the University of California system, the legislative abolition of affirmative action has resulted in black and Latino students [. . .]
+ "Now whatever Pat Buchanan’s, uhh, complicated relationship with mainstream American conservatism and libertarianism, the sentiment in this statement is a pretty common one " Please don't [. . .]
+ "I’m as troubled as the next by this massive spending, but then again, massive spending has been the status quo for years. Only, instead [. . .]
+ Two texts related to this: firstly E.H. Carr's What Is History? This has a fantastic take-down of individualism, which is about the most concise dismissal [. . .]
Michael Drew
+ I appreciate this post for its cohesion and though-going critique of our society and politics. Since the Left abandoned Marxism, I find that the [. . .]
Bob Cheeks

Do Americans have the right of free association?

Bob Cheeks
+ MC, that last comment hurt, ouch, you got me! One of my favorite authors, an anarchist, Carolyn Chute, (whose work you might enjoy) says: "No phone, No [. . .]
matoko_chan
+ Also the fundies complain they have no voice....they dont have cells or computers, they don't know how to use the interwebs or twitter. They resent this......it [. . .]
matoko_chan
+ Do you kno what is fascinating Jaybird? The conflict in Iran right now is not about a "free westernized student culture" attempting to throw the oppressive [. . .]
+ Roque, Yes, I don't believe non-interference is the right course of action. I'm just defending Obama no matter what he does. Like when I wrote this, [. . .]
Jaybird
+ A powerful question. Where would the state of medical science be without the contributions of the US since, oh, WWII? For my part, I suspect that there [. . .]
+ "So I re-evaluated everything, not just the foreign policy positions I had found so faulty, but the wider implications of the foreign policy itself, which [. . .]
+ ChrisWWW's response is so "perfectly reasonable" that it's embarrassing even to me. Amazing how he can tie his logic into such pretzel shapes so as [. . .]
 
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