A Deceptive Parry

One of the things the left is currently complaining about is McCain’s attempts to paint Barack Obama as a “socialist.” This, they argue, is a misleading characterization either (a) because Obama is not really a Socialist or (b) because McCain is a Socialist too. Which of these tacks you take will depend, of course, on…

Libertarian Taxonomy

Via Distributed Republic (which got it from here), a much-needed Taxonomy of Libertarians: 1. Randians/Objectivists/Egoists – Meet John or Jane Galt. While most card-carrying Objectivists assert that they are not libertarian in name, the movement started by Ayn Rand (author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged) was and is an important influence on the thought…

Journalist of Integrity

Here is a very good bit on media bias from Michael S. Malone. Mr. Malone is a veteran reporter and spends his essay explaining how appalled he is at the one-sided coverage of this election campaign. But it isn’t just an expose. He has an opinion about where the roots of the problem lie –…

Don’t Believe the Hype

Obama’s headed for a landslide in November. Right? Or is he? Some polls have Obama ahead by 14%. Others put that lead at less than 1%. What gives? Well, mostly that polls are not an exact science. The link goes to an overview Q and A about what can go wrong with polls. Among other…

Freud from Behind

One of the reasons I enjoy books by Peter Hamilton so much is that I never know exactly what to say about them when I’m finished. If that sounds like a bad thing, consider it this way: it means they’ve hit me on an unexplored level. They aren’t easily filed away and ignored – and…

Spreading the Word

Via Samizdata, a bailout reading list from the Mises Institute. This is an organization that promotes an alternative, free-market economics that has been heretical in economic circles since the 1920s but is now starting to come into vogue. I intend to follow the suggestion and “read every word.”

What’s at Stake?

Although poll evidence makes it look increasingly likely that Obama is headed for a win in November (pace my confident predictions to the contrary), I would nevertheless like to suggest that Democrats are living on borrowed time. For one thing, the numbers started to go against McCain for one (or possibly both) of two reasons:…

Dion’s Out

The inevitable is now official: Stephane Dion will step down as Liberal Party leader as soon as a replacement has been found (probably at the party convention in May). He could hardly do otherwise. While the Tories didn’t get that coveted majority government when all was said and done, the Liberals did as poorly as…