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Social Security Privatization - The Ghertner Plan

I know the title is a bit presumptuous -- no doubt a great many wiser thinkers than I have come up with the same plan already, but here goes anyway.

Frequent Catallarchy commenter Lisa Casanova asks a great question in a thread on Social Security. Following her question will hopefully be my great response:


It\'s a Wonderful Life

Scott Scheule has rediscovered the true meaning of Christmas:

I was having a breakdown, pacing around my room. What am I supposed to be doing? Do I try to become some kind of scholar? Am I in the right school? The right field? What do I want out of life? I smoked my pipe, stared at the wall, thought about the corporate law professor, and then it hit me--I've forgotten the true meaning of Christmas!


Just As Long As I Don\'t Excuse The Khmer Rouge...

If there's anything that should make me rethink my views on ethical epistemology, it's the fact that Chomsky shares them:


One-Size-Fits-All Education Ain\'t Kosher

Will Wilkinson has a great piece on state monopolized education and the unintended -- albeit inevitable -- controversies that follow. Read more »


Grande Mocha, Hold The Fairness

I stopped by a Starbucks earlier this week after pulling an all-nighter studying for a final and desperately needing a caffeine-boost to get me through the test. I haven't been to Starbucks for a while -- their prices are absurd, their coffee is too fancy for my plebian tastes, and I refuse to play their stupid little word games, and neither will Dave Barry:


Who is Exploiting Whom?

Political Child Abuse on the march:

More than 100 protesters, many of them children, were planning a protest today outside the Wal-Mart store on the Lynnway, aiming to call attention to the company's global use of so-called sweatshops to produce cheap goods.


Jewschool Linkage

Jewschool has been on a roll lately. Here are a few of my favorite posts.

Advances in Biblical hermeneutics:

Just because Bible guys lived thousands of years ago, doesn't mean some of them weren't hot as hell, says a biblical scholar.


What Is Foreseen and What Is Intended

I've been sparring with one of my intellectual mentors in a thread over at Liberty and Power about the Max Borders Controversy. Read more »


Radley Balko\'s Pleasure-Enducing Humor Is The New Heroin

Radley Balko - crack journalist:

Cultural busybodies have long known that in post-this-is-your-brain-on-drugs America, the best way for to win attention for a pet cause is to compare it to some scourge that already scares the bejesus out of America.


Cherry-picking and Tattletaling

Matthew Barganier, in one of the most vile ad hominem attacks I have ever seen, cherry-picks a single statement from a lengthy philosophical debate, and then calls on his readers "to give IHS an earful about the arguments its program director makes on his weblog." IHS, the Institute for Humane Studies, is Max's employer. Read more »


Confusing the Issue

As a debate progresses, the number of issues under discussion often increases at an exponential rate, as each new response to a claim introduces new claims, which themselves invite new responses, and in turn more claims, and so forth. The progression is as follows:

I say: P.

You say: Q, not P, because of X, Y, and Z.


Foreign Policy Creationism


Tooting One\'s Own Horn

Will Wilkinson calls me "indefatigable." At first, I thought this meant that I could eat as much as I wanted without gaining weight. After a quick trip to the ice cream shop, followed by an even quicker trip to the dictionary, I realized this was sadly not the case. Read more »


Congratulations to Jeremy

Jeremy Farris, a friend of Randall's and mine, has just been named one of 32 Rhodes Scholars for 2005. Jeremy is the president of both the Georgia Tech Philosophical Society and Amnesty International.

The Rhodes Scholarship will pay for Jeremy's two-year master’s of philosophy program in political theory at Oxford next year. Jeremy is the third Georgia Tech student, since its founding in 1885, to win this prestigious scholarship.


Ann Coulter is Pretty Hot - For a Man!

Strap-On Veterans for Truth exposes the hard-hitting, below-the-belt truth about Ann Coulter:

Ann Coulter is actually a former drag queen from Key West named Pudenda Shenanigans. ... As Pudenda Shenanigans, she was well known on the drag circuit in Key West. Whether she actually had a full sex change or not is a matter of debate, although her adam’s apple is still visible in photos, under the appropriate light. ...