John Quiggen Has Some Homework to Do

I’m frequently amused by how weak attempts to dismiss Libertarianism have become. The latest example I’ve seen showed up yesterday on Crooked Timber. It’s a column by John Quiggin titled What’s Left of Libertarianiam?, and it asserts that "The Libertarian Moment" has already passed because … wait for it … gay marriage is already legal…

Retaliate When?

So it seems like most of what I do on Facebook now is argue about Israel. No apologies – I find this controversy fascinating. Today’s theme was another tiresome thing Israel supporters do, which is assume that the only true motive Palestinian terrorists have for attacking Israel is anti-semitism. This one’s subtle, because it’s undeniable…

When Forrest Gump Doesn’t Even Try

Recently I’ve been venting some frustrations with Israel supporters on this blog – in a nutshell, that they have a tendency to want to abstract away any context and just focus on something egregious their enemies have done as a way of fostering a false moral clarity. They typically argue as though whatever this egregious…

When Forest Gump is Wrong

Awesome Facebook comment of the day: I only know two factual things about this because nearly all information on it is being manipulated for one side or the other’s purpose. 1. Fighting anyone because of a belief, religion or any other, is ludicrous. 2. Neutral U.N. sources have confirmed Palestinian housing of weapons of war…

Grind Joint (review)

About a year ago I read Dana King’s novel Worst Enemies and really enjoyed it. It was a howcatchem police procedural riffing on Strangers on a Train that was interesting for its humanity: we got a glimpse of life in a real town inhabited by real people, and the best part of the book was…

Evolution is a Kind of Religion, but it Shouldn’t Be

Vox Day is always reliable for a good link if not necessarily always for a convincing argument about it, and today’s is Me, Derbyshire and Darwin – from Fred Reed, linked from the Unz Review. It’s another one of these people less than sufficiently convinced by evolutionary theory posing some questions he has about it.…