I’ve managed to get myself into a debate with a dogmatic Objectivist on the nature of US foreign policy and the merits of another dogmatic Objectivist’s characterization of it. See here.
Chris Matthew Sciabarra has written some interesting and insightful posts on “Islamofascism” and fascism here, here, and here.
Frank Knight: “The probability of the people in power being individuals who would dislike the possession and exercise of power is on a level with the probability that an extremely tender-hearted person would get the job of whipping-master in a slave plantation.” (Cited by F.A. Hayek in The Road to Serfdom (1944) , p. 167. [...]
But that’s not a bad thing, since, unlike most Republicans and many Democrats (and even some libertarians), my “pre-9/11 mindset” was correct before 9/11 and still is after 9/11. Roderick Long has an excellent article on LRC today about why we antiwar/antistate libertarians had it right and still do.
Read this cover story of The Spectator. If you think it can’t happen here, think again. Remember the Patriot Act? Now that Bush has been re-elected with a ‘legitimate’ mandate, or as he calls it, mucho political capital, I expect he will continue to erode our liberties in the alleged name of security against a [...]
As Roderick Long has remarked: “How much lunacy can you pack into a single sentence?” The line quoted below written by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times takes the cake. It’s worth posting again here. (Thanks to Sheldon Richman for first bringing this to our attention.) “I want to take time on this Thanksgiving [...]
when you’re not used to it. I’m having the hardest time getting myself into the habit of blogging regularly. There always seems to be something more important to do, something else to draw my attention and lead me to forget about my blog. Ah well… That’s the main reason my posts have been so few [...]
Though not intended for publication, this truth-telling email to friends from WSJ reporter Farnaz Fassihi has gone around the world, and may yet get her fired:Being a foreign correspondent in Baghdad these days is like being under virtual house arrest. Forget about the reasons that lured me to this job: a chance to see the [...]