The problem with libertarianism in a nutshell

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I’ve previously written about how I’ve gone from being draw to the “libertarian” label to being comfortable calling myself a liberal. But lately, I think I’ve been putting together some pieces about what, exactly, is wrong with libertarianism. [Read more...]

Russell Blackford on Sam Harris

Sam Harris (whose recent spat with Glenn Greenwald I blogged about here) has updated his response to controversy page. Russell Blackford comments: [Read more...]

Yeah, I’ve smoked weed (and haven’t gotten in trouble ‘cuz I’m white)

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I am one of the 41% of Americans who’ve smoked marijuana at some point in their lives. Mostly in college. I’ve never been big into it. For me, it’s like going to a mediocre genre flick: enjoyable, something I’ll do if it’s what my friends want to do but not something I seek out. [Read more...]

Fact checking some outrage over news coverage of the Steubenville case

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As you probably know already, two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio were found guilty of raping a teenage girl and sentenced today. I’ve been seeing a bunch of outrage on Twitter and Facebook directed at CNN’s coverage of the verdict, for example this image: [Read more...]

Will there ever be another unmarried president?

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Saw this on Facebook: [Read more...]

And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know the president can have me declared a terrorist and murdered on a whim

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I won’t bother with the details of my homecoming, but suffice to say that US customs officials are bullies who see nothing wrong with trying to coerce US citizens into giving up their constitutional rights. Full explanation of what I’m talking about, written by a lawyer, here. [Read more...]

Rationalist reactionaries, cultural imperialism, and dictatorship

So apparently, there’s a certain subset of people who frequent LessWrong who self-identify as political reactionaries. Apparently they’re fans of some guy named Moldbug, who after brief contact via Yvain and brief discussion with one of Yvain’s commenters, I decided probably wasn’t worth reading. [Read more...]

State of the Empire Union

I forget the details, but apparently when the Roman empire was in its decline, the Senate would do these creepy rituals where they’d get together and shout about how great the Emperor was, exhausting themselves repeating a single sentence dozens of times. I wonder if, centuries from now, the State of the Union will look [Read More...]

Dreaded late term abortions are hardly any of the abortions in the US

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I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating:┬áin the U.S., nearly 90% of abortions are performed in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, and less than two percent are performed after 21 weeks. [Read more...]


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