Posts from ‘September, 2010’

A curveball in the recycling debate

In many towns, recycling is not only encouraged, it’s enforced. Some communities use a limited “toter” system where one has to pay more for additional bags if the toter is filled up each week. The flip side is, things like plastic bottles, metal cans, glass jars, and just about any paper product including junk mail […]


One thing which is had in mind when many think about the West is the principle of freedom of discussion. The idea behind this is that by having all options out in the open, the truth can be found. This may be on scientific questions, or it may be on political issues, so that we […]

The results of class war

Victor Davis Hanson shows us an insightful division between leftist and rightist beliefs: Traditional peasant societies believe in only a limited amount of good. The more your neighbor earns, the less someone else gets. Profits are seen as a sort of theft; they must be either hidden or redistributed. Envy, rather than admiration of success, […]

An epic paradigm shift from the left

There’s that purported Chinese proverb that says “May you live in an interesting age,” spoken as if it were a curse. For as others have observed, it may be better to be a dog in a peaceful age than a human in an interesting — by definition not peaceful, not stable, not secure and confident […]

Criticism of Obama is misplaced

The first person to speak gave the president a somewhat larger jolt than if the world’s heaviest man was in bed and gave his wife a Dutch oven. This first questioner, who the New York Times felt it necessary to point out is African-American ahead of the fact that she is a mother, military veteran, […]

Dissensus of the greens

We’ve mentioned the fragmentation of consent about as much favorably as unfavorably here at the blog, which depends on context. Having all the eggs in one basket, so to speak, is a way to point out that through total centralization of a thing, we have created potential catastrophic liability that could ruin the whole. The […]

Zero History, by William Gibson

William Gibson burst onto the fiction scene in 1986 with his cyberpunk thriller Neuromancer, and since then has been trying to become more like his heroes and influences, Thomas Pynchon and William S. Burroughs. The literary leanings of his works since 1995 have brought us a new Gibson: a more refined writer, a keener observer […]

Dignity of life includes dignity of death

Looks like the Swiss are under fire for their support of assisted suicide: The Swiss government has rejected calls to ban assisted suicide groups such as Dignitas but will propose new rules to restrict their work. … Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said last year the government wants to cut down on “suicide tourism,” where scores […]

Why “don’t ask, don’t tell” is a good idea

I have shocking news for the American people: categories, while convenient, aren’t the whole story. For starters, any single object (a toad, a car, you, or I) can belong to multiple categories. As an example, there’s my neighbor Bill. He is: White Male Gay Republican Cancer survivor BASE jumper Which category do we use that’s […]


The world socialist movement provides us with an interesting narrative. They tell us the capitalist system enjoys free movement abroad to harness the cheapest available labor. Globalized capitalism is free to seek out choice locations with the most lax environmental regulations to keep its profit margins maximized by dropping the operating costs side. Endless growth […]

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