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.)
Architecture Matters. Julian Sanchez, Cato Unbound (2010-08-16).
In an astonishing New York Times op-ed last week, former homeland security advisor Richard Falkenrath greeted news of a technology ban announced by the rulers of the United Arab Emirates with "approval, admiration and perhaps even a touch of envy." In the name of national security, the UAE — soon…(Linked Monday 2010-08-23.)
Tie Me to the Mast. Dorothy, Cat and Girl (2010-08-24). (Linked Tuesday 2010-08-24.)
replace “conversation” with “convention” and the comic still totally works, but it does raise some questions as to how you got yourself into that sticky wicket in the first place. Dinosaur Comics (2010-08-24).
archive – contact – sweet merchandise – forum – adventure – search – about!!!@@e2;2020;90; previousAugust 24th, 2010nextAugust 24th, 2010: Alright, if you didn’t nail having an excellent Monday, you can still have an excellent Tuesday. EVERYBODY, DON’T LET ME DOWN– Ryan(Linked Tuesday 2010-08-24.)
BUSH NOSTALGIA WATCH: Every president looks better as soon as. Jesse, The Perpetual Three-Dot Column (2010-08-24).
BUSH NOSTALGIA WATCH: Every president looks better as soon as he's out of office, if only because we can stop worrying then that he'll be the one who finally blows everything up. But real nostalgia doesn't kick in until later, when even members of the other party start to cast…(Linked Tuesday 2010-08-24.)
Fannie and Freddie Want Their Allowance. Center for a Stateless Society (2010-08-24). But E. J. Dionne told me that a deregulated Wall Street caused the financial industry meltdown! (Linked Tuesday 2010-08-24.)
- Neither Sword Nor Shield: Full-Spectrum Civilian Disarmament. William N. Grigg, Pro Libertate (2010-01-03).
The wages of civilian disarmament: U.S. troops shovel the mortal remains of disarmed Sioux into a mass grave at Wounded Knee, January 1891. “We need to make it clear,” fulminated Patrick Lynch of the New York City Policeman’s Benevolent Association, “that if someone lifts even a finger against a police…(Linked Monday 2010-01-18.)
- Google to Cease Censoring Search Results in China. John Gruber, Daring Fireball (2010-01-12).
Google senior vice president David Drummond: We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law,…(Linked Tuesday 2010-01-19.)
- The Winnowing of Ayn Rand. Roderick Long, Cato Unbound (2010-01-20).
Like many others, I discovered Ayn Rand around the age of 15; her writings were my introduction to the field of philosophy, thereby setting me on the path to my present career. And while my views over the years have increasingly diverged from hers in numerous details, the fact that…(Linked Wednesday 2010-01-20.)
- Three Dead in Guantánamo. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-01-20).
In June of 2006, three prisoners at Guantánamo Bay died. According to the official story, the trio committed suicide simultaneously in separate cells, an act which the camp's commander infamously declared a form of "asymmetrical warfare waged against us." Scott Horton at Harper's has a different tale to tell. From…(Linked Wednesday 2010-01-20.)