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Leftists Know How to Fight . . .

... and conservatives had better learn. I have been making this point for years. So I was pleased to see Jack Kerwick nail it down in Who are the Real 'Snowflakes,' Leftists or Conservatives? Related articles "If You're...

That bloke

Is Karl Friston that bloke? You know who I mean. That really clever bloke, master of some academic field. He’s used to understanding a few important things far better than the rest of us. But when people in the pub start discussing philosophy of mind, he feels wrong-footed in this ill-defined territory. “You see,” he […]

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Markets

Recently, I have been trying to get participants in discussions at the Party of Reason and Progress to respect conservative ideas. This is not because I think that intellectual diversity has any type of intrinsic value, or because IShow More Summary

Nanoseconds that Matter

Take an arbitrarily short duration -- I'll speak of 'nanoseconds' for familiarity and convenience, but you could use an even smaller measure of time. Could removing a mere (arbitrary) nanosecond from your life plausibly make your life...Show More Summary

Aggregating the Right Moments

Should we prefer to give one person half a million minutes (i.e. one year) more life, or to give a million people one minute more each? If iterated a million times over (once for each person in the million), the latter repeated choice is clearly better for all (by half a million minutes). Show More Summary

Dropping Prepositions

It seems to be acceptable in British English, as witness: Donald Trump received a glittering welcome from leaders in Saudi Arabia on the first day of his first international tour, as the two countries agreed a series of military deals...

Agenda Fetishism

You know you're obsessive when, having completed a task, you add an entry to your 'to do' list just so you can cross it off...................... Agenda is the plural of agendum, something to be done. The infinitive form of...

Word of the Day: 'Eructation'

Merriam-Webster: Eructation is simply a fancier, and some might argue a more decorous, word for "belch." "Eructation" was borrowed from Latin in the 15th century; the verb eruct, meaning "to belch," followed in the late 16th century. Both have their...

100 Days

In 100 days plus 20 hours I will be sitting in my first class. So, what news is there of the past 11 days since I was here last? Item 1: I got an email from the Philosophy department of the University of Colorado asking if I will be coming. Show More Summary

The Rise of Political Correctness

Angelo M. Codevilla's essay is essential reading. Restraining myself, I will quote only the opening paragraph: “Comrade, your statement is factually incorrect.” “Yes, it is. But it is politically correct.” he notion of political correctness came into use among Communists...

The Stalinization of Trump Derangement Syndrome: "Show Me the Man, and I'll Find You the Crime"

From a Cato Policy Report:... Alan Dershowitz discusses his time litigating cases in the old Soviet Union. He was always taken by the fact that they could prosecute anybody they wanted because some of the statutes were...

Heather Mac

Some Black Lives Don't Matter Heather Mac Donald is a profile in civil courage in stark contrast to the cowardice of the university administrators who, in abdication of authority, enable leftist thuggery.

National Security Agency

I was joking with somebody recently about blog backup. "Why do I need to back up my blog?" said I. "The NSA has every word." Joking aside, the underlying issue is a vexing one. There is no true liberty without...

Power Tools

Serendipitous! I spent the morning out in the desert practicing with my hand guns. When I logged on afterward I found that Bill Keezer had referred me to an entry entitled Power Tools by Malcolm Pollack in which the latter...

Is Chimpanzee Politics Machiavelli's Politics?

The Picture on the Book Cover of Machiavellian Intelligence IIIn 1967, Antony Jay published Management and Machiavelli: An Inquiry into the Politics of Corporate Life. He argued that the pursuit of power in a modern corporation was just...Show More Summary

Human rights? Where's your evidence?

Do you have evidence that we really have rights, even though someone might disagree? What if someone were to ask you to prove the existence of human rights, in much the way a religious skeptic were to ask for proof of the existence of God. Would you have a good answer for them?

Thomas Nagel on the Mind-Body Problem

Nagel replies in the pages of NYRB (8 June 2017; HT: Dave Lull) to one Roy Black, a professor of bioengineering: The mind-body problem that exercises both Daniel Dennett and me is a problem about what experience is, not how...

Political 'Circularity'

Democrats know how to circle the wagons, stand together, and refrain from attacking their own. Republicans seem to prefer the circular firing squad. And the Libertarians? Theirs is the self-indulgent circle jerk of those who will never have power.

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