Takes One to Know One?

Here’s a beauty of a line from an AFP article on the Arizona immigration law: “We regret that this law has a racist and xenophobic spirit that goes against immigration in general and illegal immigrants in particular,” said a statement by parliament leaders of Mexico, Ecuador, Uruguay, Panama, Bolivia, Guatemala, Cuba and Chile. Awesome. Parliament…

Takes One to Know One

Way to go MSNBC! Sarah Palin uses the word “refudiate,” which she invented, in a Tweet, and this is apparently news. Can’t have misuse of the English language, after all! But here’s the howler: in the same article, MSNBC leaves out the possessive apostrophe three times in the same paragraph. Gee, it’s almost like you…

What’s To Like About Soccer

At the request of Jeff Metcalf, I’m posting some thoughts on why I like Soccer. I’m not honestly sure how I feel about this. Which sport you follow is a matter of taste – and while I do think there are generally articulable reasons for why we like the things we do (“it’s a matter…

Win Some Minds for a Change (not just hearts)

OK, I guess others will have had more intelligent things to say about the recent Reason debate about Liberaltarianism. Brink Lindsey, who got the ball rolling by inventing the term in a 2006 New Republic article, makes his (much updated, it must be said) case for severing all ties with the Right and embracing at…

Economics is a Science, it’s what kind that’s at issue

Discussing EconTalk with Noah today inevitably turned toward some of Russ Roberts’ tics. On the menu: whether Economics is a science. It’s a question Roberts likes to return to again and again, and it’s a frustrating one for me because I think it’s ultimately a red herring. Meaning: whether or not Economics is a science…

Soccer is not Socialist

Why do Americans hate soccer? Well, do you want a real answer to that question, or are you just looking for an excuse to do some dimestore pop psych? Because I think the real reason is probably as mundane as “inertia.” Americans don’t hate soccer, they just don’t have time for it. Your average American…