David Neiwert has an interesting post about the crucial Dred Scott issue (you heard it here first!) The general thrust of his argument is correct: when you hear “strict constructionism” it means “jurisprudence that produces conservative policy results.” However, I do strongly disagree with a particular framing of the argument, which is common among some progressive students […]

Polar

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On October 10, 2004
Fascinating article in the NYT Week in Review about legal claims on arctic waters. It seems that Russia and Denmark have designs on claiming vast stretches of the Arctic Ocean because of legal and geographical oddities that center on an underwater mountain range. Why should either Denmark or Russia care? As the global ice pack melts, […]

Identity Politics

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On October 10, 2004
A former student actually paid attention to one of my 10 minute diversion/rants on the use of the term “identity politics.” I know because she kindly sent me a link to this excellent blog post on the subject. I know that blog posts over a year old are never read and linked to (unless we’re proving […]

Abstruse

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I’m not going to try to tell you that Jacques Derrida wasn’t an “abstruse theorist.” The appropriateness of this adjective would be a perfectly appropriate subject of debate, a

John Howard has won re-election! This means that Australia’s contingent will remain to fight for freedom, order, and the Anglo-Saxon way in Iraq! On bended knee, I thank God for the fierce fighting spirit of our brothers down under. They know to stay the course; they know what kinds of sacrifices are needed. Just as we […]
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