February 11, 2002

WENDELL BERRY + VIRGINIA POSTREL = BIG FUN. Check it out, over at The Farm Dole, my anti-farm-subsidies site. (Yes, there is an anti-farm-subsidies site on Blogger. Bet ya didn’t know that.) Read more

February 11, 2002

BACK IN THE HIGH LIFE AGAIN. Hey look, it’s the ’80s! The National Journal’s Hotline points out all the Reagan-era Dems who hope to make 2004 the Opposites Day version of 1988: Gore, Gephardt, et al. We’re at war with a worldwide, ideologically driven, societally suicidal enemy. The president, a tax-cutting Republican with a devoted wife, is living down his wacky pre-White House career by calling evil things evil. And Marion Barry is running for mayor. (That link takes you… Read more

February 11, 2002

WHAT ROTH BEAST?: I appreciate the link from Libertarian Samizdata. Really I do. But Natalija Radic’s quickie anti-anti-porn piece leads me to bite the blog that feeds me. I’m not going to do an in-depth discussion of nudie mags because a) you don’t want to read it, do you? and b) this is my blog and I don’t wanna. But as far as I can tell, Radic’s argument boils down to: 1) Porn is natural because people do it and… Read more

February 11, 2002

“Well, the place looks lived in.” “Yeah, but by what?” –Richard Erdman and Dick Powell, “Cry Danger” Read more

February 9, 2002

“I’ll never think of our moments together without nausea.” –Brian Donlevy to Helen Walker, “Impact” Read more

February 9, 2002

FAKE FREE TRADERS: Here’s that article I was looking for–the libertarian case against world trade oversight bodies. Read more

February 9, 2002

YALE’S FINEST PUBLICATION has a blog. I live in fear. (Best new YFP slogan: “We put the ‘gin’ in ‘virgins.'” Best old YFP slogan: “Above the Law. Under the Table. Beyond Good and Evil. And somewhere to the Right of Attila the Hun.”) Read more

February 8, 2002

PRAY FOR THE UNIONS, FIGHT LIKE HELL FOR THE WORKERS: I live near the headquarters of AFSCME, the government employees’ union. Because so many of the heroes of 9/11 were government employees (firefighters, police officers, even, as Dick Gephardt noted in his State of the Union reply, postal workers), the headquarters’ showcase window displays an enormous American flag and a banner reading, “Mourn the Dead, Fight for the Living.” I could never begrudge them the sentiment, but every time I… Read more

February 8, 2002

THE DARKER SIDE OF THE BLACKLIST: This OpJo snapshot catches a crowd of tinseled anti-anti-Communists patting themselves on the back. This Reason article, on the other hand, details Communism’s real Hollywood influence during the first half of this century–and asks why we’ve seen so few movies about the great, dramatic horrors of the Communist states. The Reason article is a terrific read in its own right–and could also help right-leaning college students come up with nifty ideas for movie nights…. Read more

February 8, 2002

“Darlene, what do you do?” “Oh, I’m sort of a part-time model.” –Dick Powell and Jean Porter, “Cry Danger” Read more

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