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Yale > Harvard

Clearly, Yale students have way too much free time.

Tofu Turkey?

Why do ethical vegans support fake meat products? PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk calls Tofu Turkey a "PETA fave and a lifesaver for real turkeys." Isn't this kind of like Focus On the Family calling computer generated child pornography a "FOTF fave and lifesaver for real children"? If turkeys are people too, then tofu turkey is simulated cannibalism.

[link via Instapundit]

Tu Quoque

In the context of a disussion about the authenticity of anti-abortionists' genocidal comparisons, Will Baude makes a important observation that can be extended to the wider context of moral argumentation in general, and ad hominem responses to moral arguments in particular.

The Supreme Court Has Roundly Rejected Prior Restraint!

Too bad it didn't also reject eminent domain. Read more »

Les Incredibles!

Okay, it's a bit late, but I just caught The Incredibles this past Saturday night, and it was, well, simply incredible. I generally don't like children's movies, nor animated films in general, but on the advice of a friend, I made an exception in this case. I'm glad I did.

Could Somalia Provide A Model For Iraq?

Michael Tennant suggests so:

To [pull out of Iraq], say proponents of a continued occupation, would have two disastrous consequences. First, it would cause America to lose face with the rest of the world, which is true but irrelevant since we ought to be concerned with doing what’s right regardless of how it looks. Second, it would leave Iraq in a state of anarchy, which in turn would lead to chaos and lawlessness and a general decline in the quality of life.

Or would it?

Competition Is Bad For Competition

Frontline interviews Jon Lehman, a Wal-Mart manager turned Wal-Mart union organizer. While the interviewer's questions are unexpectedly level-headed for a PBS program, the answers, expectedly, are not. Lehman apparently believes that competition is great, except when one company successfully outcompetes another company. Then competition is bad. Or something. Read more »

Materialism and Idealism: Causation Runs Both Ways

I've long been of the opinion that ideology and material conditions are both important for maintaining existing social conditions and for bringing about social change. (Francis Fukyama's famously flawed but nevertheless valuable article, "The End of History" [PDF] was instrumental in fostering this view). Read more »

Defined Out of Libertarianism

Apparently, I am not a libertarian. So claims Samuel Freeman, who, according to Will Wilkinson, "reserves the label 'libertarian' for natural rights anarchists and minimal statists such as Nozick, Rothbard, and Rand." According to Freeman's definition of the term, those who fall within the category of libertarianism fall outside the category of liberalism. Read more »

Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty

I've been arguing at length over at No-Treason about whether modern liberals or conservatives make better political/philosophical allies for libertarians. Most of my interlocutors think that conservatives, not modern liberals, are more closely aligned with libertarians. I take the opposite view. Note that I am speaking about conservatives qua conservatives and not about libertarians who align themselves with Republicans for pragmatic reasons.

Google Scholar

Jack Feldman, the faculty advisor for the College Libertarians at Georgia Tech, just emailed me about Google Scholar, a new search engine for academic literature.

Israel, Raimondo, and War

Julius Blumfeld of Libertarian Musings shares his thoughts on Israel and Justin Raimondo's Nov. 12th column - thoughts which largely echo my own. Read more »

Aristotle’s Dysfunctional “Function Argument”

The following is an essay I wrote today for a philosophy class.

David Hume outlined the fundamental problem of moral philosophy: Read more »

Taxation In a Least-Bad World

Sean's post below about the legitimacy of loopholes raises some interesting questions, some of which I've previously addressed in other contexts. (See "Freedom and Control in a Second-Best World," "Justice and the Rule of Law," and "Comparing the Uncomparable.") Read more »

The Aesthetics of Decentralization


I, Pencil

God, central planner

nature, market process, evolution