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Libertarians Are Insane

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On June 9, 2004
Well, not really. Not all of them. Not all the time. I refer to recent flare-up of a discussion about the positive/negative rights distinction. This was started by the esteemed Professor Volokh (who, unlike some of his co-bloggers, is far too sophisticated and non-dogmatic to be considered a libertarian, at least in the pejorative sense […]

The Final Word

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On June 8, 2004

Jesse Taylor on Christopher Snitchens: Chris Hitchens isn’t a useful idiot – he’s a useful asshole. He fills a slightly brainier niche than Dennis Miller does, although he’s f

Being Shrill: A Credo

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On June 8, 2004
One strange thing about Stoller’s argument about centrist bloggers is that it strikes me as no longer true. Drum, Yglesias, and Marshall have all become much more aggressive and partisan over the last year. I don’t think any of them presume competence or good faith on the part of the Bush Administration at all. (Indeed, […]

The political spectrum

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On June 8, 2004

Through See the Forest, I find a link to Matt Stoller’s excellent post on different forms of partisanship. I don’t think he’s entirely fair in his critique of league of wonkish ce

Judy, Judy, Judy

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On June 8, 2004
Needless to say, Michael Massing’s NYRB response to the New York Times’s pre-war “journalism” is a (depressing) must-read. It’s doubly depressing that this opinion wouldn’t be written today–not only because there’s no Black on the Court, but because our establishment papers censor themselves so well: In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it […]

Darn that Liberal Media

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On June 7, 2004
Speaking of nonsense and Texas, I recall some time ago hearing about some impending legal trouble for Tom Delay. The story appears to be a bit complicated, involving a misbehaving PAC run by the bug man, possible money launderng, and such. Molly Ivins runs it down here. Note that this is potentially serious enough that Delay […]
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