Actually, We Like Cooperation Better than You

Life lived as a Libertarian in today’s political order involves a lot of head-scratching. Partly that’s just because you’re an outsider – and anyone who’s outside the mainstream will tend to have a clearer view than others of the mechanisms the mainstream uses to perpetuate itself. For American politics, that means you often notice before…

Double Standards of Olympic Proportions

Hey, check it out: John Scalzi wants still more credit for having the right opinion about everything. In this particular instance, it’s really important to him that you think he’s a great guy for boycotting watching the Olympics, even though he wasn’t planning to watch them anyway. Here’s some "elloquent" prose on the matter: The…

Oh Look, More Counterproductive Sanctimony

io9 has a somewhat silly entry in which famous SFF authors are asked to suggest books for newcomers to SFF. I guess what they have in mind are people who have been prejudiced against scifi but express some interest in reading it – what do you recommend to those people? They ask a lot of…

Outrage Isn’t the Issue

On the whole, I’ve been pretty disappointed by everyone’s reaction to the whole PRISM thing. It’s not that there isn’t outrage here and there , and it’s not that the scandal isn’t getting the media coverage it deserves – it’s more that too many people are just kind of shrugging it off becuase they already…

We ARE “the People”

I’m no fan of Mitt Romney, but one thing that’s starting to annoy me about the campaign is all the grousing about how much money he has. SO WHAT? Here’s how silly this is. Barack Obama is worth $10million, and that’s on the LOW side for a sitting president. I don’t resent this one bit…

Has Volokh Jumped the Shark?

I really like the Volokh Conspiracy. It’s an invaluable source for what’s hot in legal analysis. But today they have a post up that’s just embarassing, and I am driven by righteousness to complain about it. It’s called Mercedes-Benz: The car for people who admire mass-murdering racist totalitarian thugs, and it’s apparently banking on the…

My Rash Purchase

My rash purchase for the day: State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974 by Dominic Sandbrook – a book I purchased, in foreign currency, less than three minutes after learning of its existence on Marginal Revolution. I was happy to add to the tip box over there (I bought through their sponsored link)…