The Theocratic Mindset of James Dobson

As something of a Rawlsian about public discourse, I have no problem with religious people arguing in government for application of ideals that they personally discovered through their religion or their sacred texts, their religious institutions, etc. as long as they respect the need to give reasons that are publicly accessible, reasons that do not [Read More...]

The Substance of Style

Amidst an insightful piece on Obama’s use of language, there’s this interesting thesis about what style indicates about substance. How much can you tell about a candidate’s fitness to lead a country based on a single clause? The substance/style debate has been around for centuries—and, like all the other venerable binaries, is probably best considered [Read More...]

George Will Endorsing A Form of Liberal Paternalism??

Fascinating article about what sounds like a fascinating book. Thaler and Sunstein correctly assume that people are busy, their lives are increasingly complicated and they have neither time nor inclination nor, often, the ability to think through even all important choices, from health care plans to retirement options. Therefore the framing of choices matters, particularly [Read More...]

Obama Speaks In Politician and I Translate For the Readers At Home

Flip-flopping on NAFTA, Obama explains his position in his native politician language: “Sometimes during campaigns the rhetoric gets overheated and amplified,” he conceded, after I reminded him that he had called NAFTA “devastating” and “a big mistake,” despite nonpartisan studies concluding that the trade zone has had a mild, positive effect on the U.S. economy. [Read More...]

Obama’s Embellishments

I like Obama a lot for a lot of reasons, but I’ve never bought into the myth that he’s not a scheming politician at his core. So, this article doesn’t surprise me but it’s still disappointing. [Read more...]

Daily Hilarity: Photo Intruders

A pretty hilarious series of photos wherein people in the background intentionally or unintentionally “ruin” (or in some cases make) the photo. [Read more...]

Daily Hilarity: “I’m Voting Republican”

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Ouch

Just read this description of Hillary and Obama meeting in the halls at the AIPAC conference the day after he clinched the nomination. http://nymag.com/news/politics/47837/ The scene unfolding in front of me is a semiotician’s fantasia. For months, Clinton and Obama have battled (and battered) each other more or less as equals. But now there is [Read More...]

The Effects of Writing Medium on Writing Style?

I’m really not sure that this is a very accurate inference about the nature of Nietzsche’s shift in writing style from his early works into his middle phase, but it’s interesting to ponder nonetheless: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/google Sometime in 1882, Friedrich Nietzsche bought a typewriter—a Malling-Hansen Writing Ball, to be precise. His vision was failing, and keeping [Read More...]


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