Is this “Libertarian?” (Hint: NO.) drunkenatheist, Drunkenatheist (2010-09-27).
Related links- Jaysays.com: Stupid Things People Say About Gays: Libertarian Party Board Member Says DADT Should Remain Update (with Norm Olsen’s weaksauce “apology”)- Norm Olsen: Still an idiot. Source: The private “LNC discussion” email list. No, I do not have access to the list; this email was publicized by a...(Linked Monday 2010-09-27.)
Some Replies on Markets, Languages, and Law. James C. Scott, Cato Unbound (2010-09-27).
I have been struck by both the quality and breadth of the responses to my essay and, it’s clear, to the argument in Seeing Like a State that lies behind it. In some cases, I am somewhat at a loss to reply inasmuch as I am not an economist, not...(Linked Monday 2010-09-27.)
like you, i love the culture of standardized testing. like you, Captain Capitulation, eye of the storm (2010-09-07).
like you, i love the culture of standardized testing. like you, i believe in accountability, and i believe simultaneously that accountability is itself the only goal, so that there is nothing one should be accountable for other than accountability itself, in an endless loop in which all is assessment and...(Linked Monday 2010-09-27.)
The Obama Age of No Federal DEA Raids on State Medical Marijuana Clinics Leads to More Federal Raids on Medical Marijuana Clinics in Las Vegas. Brian Doherty, Brian Doherty: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-09-09).
And why? The records are sealed, so, who knows, though the Feds have given themselves the loophole of being able to step in when medical marijuana distributors are also violating state law (though why the Feds should be so goddamn concerned with such state law violations in this age of...(Linked Monday 2010-09-27.)
FBI Raiding Antiwar Activists in Terror Investigation. Brian Doherty, Brian Doherty: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-09-24).
Details from the Minneapolis St. Paul Pioneer Press: The FBI raided the homes of six political activists in Minneapolis this morning in connection to a terrorism investigation. The warrants were "seeking evidence related to an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism," said...(Linked Monday 2010-09-27.)
Unarmed Pregnant Woman Shot During Drug Raid. Radley Balko, Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-09-27).
In Spokane, Washington: A pregnant, unarmed woman was shot during a drug raid in Spokane on Friday morning and she remained hospitalized late last night as investigators pieced together what happened in the county's third officer-involved shooting in four weeks. A Washington State Patrol detective sergeant shot the woman, who...(Linked Monday 2010-09-27.)
Maryland Judge Tosses the Felony Wiretapping Charges Against Anthony Graber. Radley Balko, Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-09-27).
Graber is the Maryland motorcyclist who had his home raided, was arrested, jailed, and charged with two felonies for recording his traffic stop and posting it to the Internet. Here's Harford County, Maryland Circuit Court Judge Emory A Pitt Jr.: "Those of us who are public officials and are entrusted...(Linked Monday 2010-09-27.)
The Desktop Revolution in Worker Protection. Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society (2010-06-25).
Sometimes anarchists are asked, without a government, who will stop employers from treating their workers badly? The answer is, we will. Conventional unions have been in decline for years, and labor laws — such as they are — are generally notable for their lack of enforcement. But if employers laugh...(Linked Wednesday 2010-09-29.)
Posts from September 2010
On the Town with Bad Decision Dinosaur. Dorothy, Cat and Girl (2010-09-24). (Linked Friday 2010-09-24.)
Food deserts and zoning. Stephen Smith, Market Urbanism (2010-09-13).
by Stephen Smith The other day I put up a post detailing the restrictions that small-scale restaurants and food carts face, but I should mention that grocery stores and supermarkets also face similar restrictions. Like restrictions on restaurants, they end hitting poor, urban, black neighborhoods the hardest, creating the phenomenon...(Linked Friday 2010-09-24.)
Apparently, starvation blockades are bad for the economy. Who knew? John Markley, The Superfluous Man (2010-09-06).
David Brooks has a column in The New York Times entitled "Nation Building Works," in which he attempts to vindicate the US government's past seven years in Iraq. From the article (via Cheryl Cline at der Blaustrumpf):“Iraq has made substantial progress since 2003,” the International Monetary Fund reports. Inflation is...(Linked Friday 2010-09-24.)
Haystack vs How The Internet Works. Danny O'Brien, Danny O'Brien's Oblomovka (2010-09-14).
There’s been a lot of alarming but rather brief statements in the past few days about Haystack, the anti-censorship software connected with the Iranian Green Movement. Austin Heap, the co-creator of Haystack and co-founder of parent non-profit, the Censorship Research Center, stated that the CRC had “halted ongoing testing of...(Linked Saturday 2010-09-25.)
Libertarian Review Archives Online. Brian Doherty, Brian Doherty: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-09-09).
One of Reason's high-quality competitors from the 1970s-80s has a semi-complete archives now available online. It's a fabulous compendium of Carter-ish era libertarian historical fun. David Boaz explains the mag and what it accomplished, focusing on its amazing editor the late Roy Childs.(Linked Saturday 2010-09-25.)
Openness is a lot of work. jonoscript, Not The User's Fault (2010-09-24).
You can’t just make something “open” and expect magic to happen. Openness is a lot of work. This is true whether you’re making an open-source software project, a website with user-generated content, a political movement, a charity, or any other kind of organization where you expect volunteers to show up...(Linked Saturday 2010-09-25.)
George Lucas Stole Chewbacca, But It’s Okay. Michael, Binary Bonsai (2010-09-18).
Foreword The creation of Star Wars is comprehensive mythology onto itself, populated by rarely documented anecdotes, the likes of “the Millennium Falcon was inspired by a hamburger, with the outrigger cockpit being an olive off to the side” (1) or “My original inspiration for Chewbacca was my dog Indiana.” (2),...(Linked Sunday 2010-09-26.)
Of Hayek and Rubber Tomatoes. Timothy B. Lee, Cato Unbound (2010-09-24).
Henry Farrell writes that “Hayek argues that markets are superior because they allow the ‘dispersed bits of incomplete and frequently contradictory knowledge which all the separate individuals possess’ to be aggregated in a useful way.” He then faults Hayek for failing to acknowledge a key limitation of the price mechanism:...(Linked Sunday 2010-09-26.)
“I’ve Never Seen a Poor Person Give Anyone a Job” Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society (2010-09-16).
“I’ve never seen a poor person give anyone a job.” The cliche is commonly repeated on the Right, in polemics against what they call “class warfare” — not that there’s actually much of it being waged by Democrats, except when they’re fighting on the same side as the Republicans. See...(Linked Sunday 2010-09-26.)
I Am Detained By The Feds For Not Answering Questions. PKL, KNIFE TRICKS (2010-04-23).
Sherman Oaks, CaliforniaI was detained last night by federal authorities at San Francisco International Airport for refusing to answer questions about why I had travelled outside the United States.The end result is that, after waiting for about half an hour and refusing to answer further questions, I was released –...(Linked Sunday 2010-09-26.)
10 Brief Responses To 700 Comments About Refusing To Answer Questions At Passport Control. PKL, KNIFE TRICKS (2010-09-11).
Phuket Island, ThailandMy post about refusing to answer questions from Customs and Border Protection officers when re-entering the U.S. has resulted in a lot of debate. My thanks to everyone who joined the conversation, including the authors of the more than one hundred posts that called me a douchebag. Let...(Linked Sunday 2010-09-26.)
Deregulating food. Stephen Smith, Market Urbanism (2010-09-11).
by Stephen Smith Urban planners like to discuss heavy things – roads, buildings, cars, trains. Food, though an integral part of humans’ lives, generally doesn’t enter into the equation as more than a footnote. This may be because food service is governed by different departments than buildings, streets, and vehicles,...(Linked Sunday 2010-09-26.)
buncha links on “triggering” and “calling out” bfp, flip flopping joy (2010-09-01).
there was a discussion on tumblr about triggering–the first I saw of it was the following post: Calling out people is important but if you trigger the shit out of an abuse victim or someone with an anxiety or panic disorder in the process, you’re being a bigoted shitbucket yourself.Always...(Linked Thursday 2010-09-23.)
The Trouble with the View from Above. James C. Scott, Cato Unbound (2010-09-08).
State naming practices and local, customary naming practices are strikingly different. Each set of practices is designed to make the human and physical landscape legible, by sharply identifying a unique individual, a household, or a singular geographic feature. Yet they are each devised by very distinct agents for whom the...(Linked Thursday 2010-09-23.)
Seeing Like a Movie Mogul. Timothy B. Lee, Cato Unbound (2010-09-14).
In his lead essay, James Scott writes about the efforts of German foresters to create “a redesigned forest that was easier to count, manipulate, measure, and assess,” and throughout Seeing Like a State, he uses this as a metaphor for various state projects to reshape the complex, messy world to...(Linked Thursday 2010-09-23.)
Coordination vs. Coercion. Timothy B. Lee, Cato Unbound (2010-09-20).
Don Boudreaux makes an interesting point about the way standardization facilitates social cooperation and the division of labor. But I think it’s important to remember that the distinctive feature of the state-building projects James Scott describes wasn’t just standardization, but coercion. People were compelled to adopt new surnames, geographical indicators,...(Linked Thursday 2010-09-23.)
Letters Department: Jacob T. Levy on Seeing Like a State. The Editors, Cato Unbound (2010-09-20).
Editors’ note: Political theorist Jacob T. Levy of McGill University sends us his thoughts on this month’s discussion, which we are pleased to share in full. I begin with a few words of unembarrassed admiration. James Scott’s Seeing Like a State, from which his essay is largely drawn, is one...(Linked Thursday 2010-09-23.)
The $200,000 Inverted Pyramid. Dorothy, Cat and Girl (2010-09-23). (Linked Friday 2010-09-24.)
How Inequality Shapes Our Lives. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-09-17).
Those of us who regard socioeconomic inequality as a serious problem are often accused of “envy,” as though such concerns were simply a matter of begrudging someone else’s having more cookies than we do. I think this reaction misses the point in a number of ways; let me say just...(Linked Monday 2010-09-20.)
Comment on Eppur Si Muove by Kevin Carson. Kevin Carson, Comments for Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-09-16).
If I can’t have petty fights, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.(Linked Monday 2010-09-20.)
THE IMPERIAL TWO-STEP. Robert Paul Wolff, The Philosopher's Stone (2010-08-26).
The NY TIMES today devotes its premier placement [Front Page, far right column, above the fold] to the revelation that, in the words of their headline, "Key Harzai Aide in Graft Inquiry Linked to C.I.A. Said to be on Payroll. Conflicting Goals Seen for U.S. in Its Call to Fight...(Linked Tuesday 2010-09-21.)
New Orleans: Victim of Government Neglect? William L. Anderson, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2010-08-31).
Five years ago Hurricane Katrina, a massive Category 3 storm, hit the Gulf Coast region, destroying property, killing nearly 2,000 people, and leaving damage that still dots the landscape. Although the brunt of the storm hit the Mississippi coast, Katrina is best-known for the flooding of New Orleans, which happened...(Linked Saturday 2010-09-04.)
Turking! The idea and some implications. Jed, Anomalous Presumptions (2010-08-26).
I recently read an edited collection of five stories, Metatropolis; the stories are set in a common world the authors developed together. This is a near future in which nation state authority has eroded and in which new social processes have grown up and have a big role in making...(Linked Saturday 2010-09-04.)
The Golden Age of Comic Books. Brian Doherty, Brian Doherty: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-08-30).
Ben Schwartz’s edited volume The Best American Comics Criticism is the first attempt to anthologize and build a canon of short-form history, journalism, and criticism about comics, and it does a fine job. It also self-consciously marks the beginning of a fresh era in acceptance and achievement for non-genre works...(Linked Saturday 2010-09-04.)
Measuring Blood on Hands in the Wikileaks Controversy. Brian Doherty, Brian Doherty: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-08-06).
Tom Englehardt questions Joint Chief of Staff Chair Mike Mullen's accusations that Wikileaks has blood on their hands because info they leaked could lead people to kill Afghan informants or American soliders. Some excerpts on why Mullen might not be the best spokesman for that position of scrupulous moral responsibility...(Linked Saturday 2010-09-04.)
Noise Complaint Leads to Police Shooting, Killing 17-Year-Old. Radley Balko, Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-09-03).
Last Sunday night, police in Morganton, North Carolina shot and killed 17-year-old Michael Sipes. The officers were responding to a noise complaint called in by a neighbor in the mobile home park where Sipes lived. His mother says there were three children in the home on the night Sipes was...(Linked Saturday 2010-09-04.)