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But She Was Asking For It!

As if the falafel incident wasn't bad enough, now comes this backhanded defense of O'Reilly from everyone's favorite semi-excommunicated celebrity Rabbi, Shmuley Boteach:

Is it realistic to ask men to separate what they see on TV and in magazines from their interactions with women in the boardroom?

Short answer: yes. Long answer: still yes.

Who Said There\'s No Exit From Politics?

Voice is not the only mechanism of choice in politics. Exit works too:

Distraught over the re-election of President George W. Bush, a Georgia man traveled to New York City, went to Ground Zero and killed himself with a shotgun blast, police said yesterday.

Sweet, Sweet Nectar

I almost cried when I saw this picture. If anything demonstrates the stark divide between capitalism and communism, exit and voice, civil society and uncivil politics, it is this. Thank you, Andy. You made my day.

Election Day Allegory

When I was eight years old, someone brought me to this... theatre. Full of lots of other children. We were supposed to be watching a production of Peter Pan. And I remember that something seemed terribly wrong with the whole production. Odd things kept happening.
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What Is The Best We Can Hope For?

Patri previously discussed the differences between hope and belief. Patri hopes John Kerry will win the election tomorrow, for reasons of divided government, while he believes George Bush will win, and is willing to back up that belief with his wallet.

I don't know what to believe. The election, at this point, seems too close to call. So I won't be risking any of my money gambling with Patri (good advice in general, by the way). Read more »

What Can One Person Do?

Many commenters have asked Jonathan and I, "If you don't vote, how will things get any better?"

Jonathan suggested some possibilities. Some involve influencing the political side of life directly, by influencing other voters; by influencing politicians, judges, and bureaucrats, and by influencing those who influence politicians, judges, and bureaucrats. (That's a lot of influence!) Read more »

A Form of Coercion?

Just caught the following exchange on a rerun of the The West Wing between the Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman and director of the Women's Leadership Coalition Amy Gardner:

Josh: How is making prostitution illegal not suppressing women's rights?

Amy: How is making heroin use illegal not suppressing a heroin user's rights?

Corporate Playa Hatas

A few months ago, I wrote:

If one were looking for a shining example of a Randian protagonist, Wal-Mart is it. Wal-Mart is hated for no other reason than being so damn successful.

Some people took me task in the comment thread, but in a later post, I defended my original remarks. Read more »

David Friedman is a Hoot

The December issue of Liberty Magazine arrived today, and I'm glad to see portions of it are already online. Read more »

Vote and Die, Choose and Lose

Now that's what I call election commentary!

Pulp Politicans

One of the better political satire flash movies of late.

Via Randy Tyler of Radical Cowboys. One small nit, though: We don't take kindly to folks who don't take kindly to "mohawks and leather jackets and pink hair."

The Lovable Loon

I think Beck is beginning to grow on me, despite our differences:

Who Said Welfare Statists and Radical Libertarians Share Nothing In Common?

A commenter named Cheryl writes the following in a Kevin Drum thread:

As for me, I DO NOT WANT MY TAXABLE IMCOME TO GO TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IF BUSH should be RE-ELECTED. Bush and Cheney have done nothing but simply loot the American people's money and I'm not interested in contributing to their criminal misuse of our citizens federal funding.

I'm with you all the way, Cheryl. Now if we could only get you to see the other side of the coin...

Civil Society and Uncivil Politics

With all the recent discussion here at Catallarchy about life outside the political arena, from Randall's post on Reason Magazine's new focus on culture rather than policy, to Brian Doherty’s Beyond Conventional Thinking, to Jonathan's Breaking Free Of The Vicious Circle, I'm reminded of an article Lew Rockwell wrote a few months ago titled, Read more »