Neoliberals and Social Democrats

Arnold Kling has a post up in which he complains that the terms ‘neoliberal’ and ‘social democracy’ are both vague and perjorative. Neoliberalism "gets used as an undefined all-purpose boo-word." And "If neoliberalism is the ill-defined boo-word, then social democracy is the ill-defined yay-word." The post never really separates the two complaints, though, and so…

Talk About How to Include Instead

Patricia Marino has a thoughtful essay on the limits of campus speech that I think is worth reading less because of the questions it raises – which mostly have pretty easy answers from my point of view – and more because it unintentionally points to all the attitudes we have to change to reclaim the…

What Universities Were Never For

A notion currently as fashionable as it is pernicious is the idea that free speech protections should only ever be legal protections. As long as the government respects our free speech rights, we citizens can and should feel free to use whatever legitimate private means of silencing speech we disagree with are available to us.…

Knock-down Argument, Bra!

Idiot Strawman Argument of the Day award goes to Nick Martucci, who tweets the following: Birth control? BAN IT! Abortion? BAN IT! Gay marriage? BAN IT! Guns? Look, banning things never works. People will find ways to get them. Oh SNAP! You gotem’, Tiger! Except … wait, what "ban" on gay marriage? Was there ever…

Exasperation isn’t Outrage (and Why That Matters)

A Facebook friend who comes down on the opposite side of the issue on how racist the criminal justice system is (I think: not much, certainly less than generally believed; he thinks: RACISS!) posts this: If you’ve found yourself compelled to speak out against the destructive rebellions we’ve witnessed this week, consider this quote. You’re…