I blame the plutocracy! Marja Erwin (2011-02-25).
Conventional femininity injures, mutilates, and sometimes kills.Jill, at I Blame the Patriarchy ( http://blog.iblamethepatriarchy.com/2011/01/26/death-by-femininity-again/ ) considers who is to blame for the death of Carolin Berger, a German porn actress.It is only too easy for defenders of the status quo to blame those who die of plastic surgery. All too…(Linked Saturday 2011-02-26.)
paul krugman/naomi klein statist leftism vs. right-wing. Captain Capitulation, eye of the storm (2011-02-25).
paul krugman/naomi klein statist leftism vs. right-wing corporatism presents us with a horrendous dilemma: state or corporation? it articulates a stark choice between forms of subordination: state control of the economy (along with and backed by military or police coercion), welfare-state regimes of total surveillance and public housing vs. horrendous economic…(Linked Saturday 2011-02-26.)
Paying for Bad Cops. Radley Balko, Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-02-09).
Walter Olson points to a case in Colorado, where a police officer kneed a handcuffed woman in the face, breaking her eye socket. He also didn't bother to report her injuries. The Aurora police chief sensibly fired the officer, and the city paid the victim an $85,000 settlement. But then…(Linked Saturday 2011-02-26.)
The Mind of a Police Dog. Radley Balko, Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-02-21).
For the first few years I had her, I was impressed by my late dog Harper's uncanny ability to assess people's character. She hated every crappy landlord and bad roommate. Barked at them. Snarled at them. Wouldn't go near them. But if I brought home a date I liked, Harper,…(Linked Saturday 2011-02-26.)
Teaching People Power. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-02-25).
The Daily Beast calls Gene Sharp "The 83 Year Old Who Toppled Egypt." The New York Times reports that "for the world's despots, his ideas can be fatal." In the last month he's been praised in venues ranging from Scientific American to the BBC. It's an unprecedented level of attention for a scholar whose…(Linked Saturday 2011-02-26.)
Making Sure Public Health Authorities Don’t Say Anything That Might Help Public Health, Illegal Drug Edition. Brian Doherty, Brian Doherty: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-02-10).
L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich is angry that his county's Public Health Department is distributing a flyer that might actually improve public health by giving sensible advise about how not to get ill when using street ecstasy: Antonovich said the flier, created after a 15-year-old girl died of an Ecstasy overdose after…(Linked Saturday 2011-02-26.)
The Coming American Insurrection. lilprole, Modesto Anarcho (2011-02-24).
Rich scum – you’re time has come!As we speak, tens of thousands of people are fighting back in Madison, Wisconsin. What began as an attempt by Republican governor Walker to implement sweeping austerity measures and take away the ability of unions to collectively bargain, has created a massive grassroots working class response….(Linked Monday 2011-02-28.)
Obama Speech Emphasizes Competition Among Nations. Foundation for Economic Education, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2011-01-26).
"President Obama challenged Americans on Tuesday night to unleash their creative spirit, set aside their partisan differences and come together around a common goal of outcompeting other nations in a rapidly shifting global economy." (New York Times) The idea that nations compete with one another leads inexorably to government-business management…(Linked Friday 2011-01-28.)
Boston Anarchist Thinking Brigade, Part 4. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-01-28).
The Molinari Society panels that were cancelled in Boston owing to weather have been resurrected! The spontaneous order panel is moving to the Austrian Scholars Conference (March 10-12 in Auburn), while the session on Gary Chartier's book is moving to the Pacific APA (April 20-23 in San Diego). Thanks to…(Linked Friday 2011-01-28.)
Revolution on the Nile: Rebellious Cops, Lethal Aid, and Off Switch Envy. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-01-28).
The most hopeful news to come out of Egypt today are the reports of officers fraternizing with protesters, removing their uniforms, refusing to fire their weapons. That's when a popular revolt succeeds: when the storm troopers won't follow orders. The question is how widespread that is — how many cops…(Linked Friday 2011-01-28.)
is there anything more obnoxious than davos? nowhere in human. Captain Capitulation, eye of the storm (2011-01-29).
is there anything more obnoxious than davos? nowhere in human history has such a gaggle of egomaniacs, oppressors, exploiters been gathered, and they do it every year. they congratulate each other on the brilliance of their mechanical rehashing of the commonplace, ride around in limousines pretending not to be particular human…(Linked Sunday 2011-01-30.)
i very much like the current phrase "sovereign debt," which. Captain Capitulation, eye of the storm (2010-05-21).
i very much like the current phrase "sovereign debt," which appears simply to mean government debt. but it's hard not to hear it as "the debt which exercises complete, legitimate power over each of us." and hard in turn not to see this as a kind of summary of human…(Linked Friday 2010-05-28.)
Should Whites-Only Lunch Counters Be Allowed? Sheldon Richman, Free Association (2010-05-28).
Okay, let’s get right down to it. Our side is asked, incredulously, “Do you mean that someone should be allowed to have a whites-only lunch counter?”The standard libertarian answer is, “Yes, although I don’t approve of the racist policy.”I say, “No. He shouldn’t be allowed.”What?! Heresy!Chill out.He shouldn’t be allowed,…(Linked Friday 2010-05-28.)
Update on Julian Heicklen's 2010-05-25 arrest. bile, blog of bile (2010-05-27).
http://a072-web.nyc.gov/inmatelookup/inmateDetailAction.do?bookcasenumber=7001000078 Julian_Heicklen_inmate_details_-_2010-05-27-1232.pdf Inmate Details: Julian Heicklen NYSID: 02569223L Age: 78 Sex: Male Race: White Height: 5 ft 10 inches Weight: 195 lbs Hair Color: White Eye Color: Brown Nativity: Unknown Booking Information: Book & Case Number: 7001000078 Facility: Anna M. Kross Center Arrest Date: 2010-05-25 Arrest Number: WARRANT Next Court…(Linked Friday 2010-05-28.)
State Backs Off. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-05-29).
Good news – as far as it goes – for civil liberties in Malawi, as their president has (reluctantly) pardoned a same-sex couple, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who'd been sentenced to 14 years of prison for their role in the country's "first recorded public activity for homosexuals." The pressure…(Linked Saturday 2010-05-29.)
Sustainable Food and Privilege: Why is Green Always White (and Male and Upper-Class) Guest Contributor, Racialicious – the intersection of race and pop culture (2010-05-20).
by Guest Contributor Janani Balasubramanian When asked to name the heroes of food reform and sustainable agriculture, who comes to mind? Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin, Eric Schlosser, Peter Singer, Alice Waters maybe? Notice any patterns? The food reform movement is predicated on rather shaky foundations with regards to how it…(Linked Saturday 2010-05-29.)
Getting it Backward. Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society (2010-05-27).
You can learn a lot about people's unstated assumptions just by looking at the way they frame their questions. Take the debate over genetically modified foods, for example. It's generally presented as a controversy over whether the government should "allow" GM foods to be sold without proper labeling. But that's…(Linked Saturday 2010-05-29.)
Rand Paul and Positive Law in a Stateless Society. Brad Spangler, BradSpangler.com (2010-05-20).
I've previously mentioned one of the biggest drawbacks of a reformist approach to implementing libertarian ethics is that politics makes you stupid — because by looking at things in terms of government policy, you tend to lose the ability to explain and advocate something very important. Now Rand Paul is…(Linked Saturday 2010-05-29.)