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The New Puritans

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On April 30, 2009
This Yglesias post reflects a group of beliefs regarding public health that tend to cut across ideological lines, probably because they resonate with some deeply embedded cultural puritanism that affects both the right and the left in America. To simplify somewhat (but not much), the argument is roughly that health care costs so much because […]

Two concepts of torture

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On April 27, 2009

More than 50 years ago John Rawls wrote a famous essay in which he defended utilitarian theories of punishment from the charge they justified punishing innocent people under certain circumstances. The

Etiquette in the Age of Google

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On April 27, 2009
Two recent social interactions: (1) Friend at work sends me email asking for some advice regarding refinancing. I reply with some thoughts but add that she should talk to a real expert, a guy I use for this stuff. I give her his name and the name of his company. She emails back with thanks, […]
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Mark the Bird Fidrych

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On April 13, 2009

It’s been a bad day for baseball, with the death this morning of legendary Phillies announcer Harry Kalas, and now the sudden passing of Mark Fidyrch. Fidyrch, who was only 54, was killed in an

More on judicial review and democracy

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On April 8, 2009
The court’s decision can be defended, in theory, on various grounds. (1) The state’s constitution actually required the court to rule as it did. I’m not going to debate this claim any more than I’m going to debate a Scientologist about whether we’re all really Thetans. (2) The ruling is a “plausible” interpretation of the […]

Judges and gay marriage

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On April 4, 2009

The Iowa supreme court’s decision is the kind of thing that seems reasonable to people if they like the substantive result and outrageous if they don’t. In other words, cultural conservati

I wonder if any of this is TARP money?

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On March 30, 2009
On the day GM and Chrysler are sort of going bankrupt, and perhaps being allowed to shed their “bad” liabilities (this appears to mean their contractual obligations to their workforce) it appears John Calipari is going to get $40 million over six years to coach the student-athletes at the University of Kentucky. There’s a moral […]

A shameful confession

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On March 18, 2009

When the whole “going Galt” meme got rolling a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea to what this phrase was alluding, possibly because, to the best of my knowledge, I’ve never read a w

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