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What I’m Listening To:
On Sept. 14 Obama will once again address American children in the classroom. Commander in Chief will become Chief DemaPedagogue. Last year’s speech created quite the hubub. And rightfully so. As Neal McCluskey pointed out, the speech was not only … Continue reading
Excellent live performance. For fans of the Afghan Whigs, Primal Scream, general rock and/or roll.
The N.Y. Times is reporting that fewer young voters see themselves as Democrats. This is a quite surprising development in such a short period of time. Obama seemed to fill the 18-29 year olds with energy and commitment. Alas, it … Continue reading
The foundational question in political theory is, “what is the nature of man?” Without a concept of human nature–implicit or explicit–it is impossible to create a theory of how people should be organized politically. Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate is … Continue reading
Theodore Dalrymple, one of my all-time favorite essayists (I highly suggest Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass), has a fascinating op-ed on psychopathy over at the Wall Street Journal. Accurately pointing to Hitchcock’s “Psycho” as the … Continue reading
As I begin my first days here at the Cato Institute, I’ve had a few conversations about the philosophers who have most influenced my thinking. Aside from the standard classical liberals who stand out, I also always mention John Rawls. … Continue reading
In the latest Onion send up of the Supreme Court (I’m particularly fond of Supreme Court Rules Death Penalty is ‘Totally Badass’), they’ve managed to strike a resounding kernel of truth. In Supreme Court Upholds Freedom of Speech in Obscenity-Filled Ruling, … Continue reading