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Libertarian Foreign Policy debate

Specifically, Jacob Levy goes into why he will join the dark side (for this election) and specifically not vote for the Libertarian candidate, Michael Badnarik- and in so doing has started a small debate on what constitutes an appropriate libertarian foreign policy post-9/11.

To recap for our audience:

Jacob's first post says that Badnarik fundamentally misunderstands "9/11, Al Qaeda, and the reality of radical militant Islamism," and calls it "silly Panglossianism." Read more »

Edwards wins the Veepstakes


But then again, I think we all know the real reason Kerry picked him...

Nifty "weather map" of Iraq news

Someone has used the power of the internet to come up with a graphical representation of where good and bad news is happening in Iraq.



Missing the Forest for the Straw

While taking a break from 'Operation:Installarchy' on Friday and enjoying the long weekend, I noticed that Matthew Yglesias responded to my post defending Jacob Levy's politics. Well, more or less. Read more »

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


There's hope after all

Jeff Jarvis notes that a local 'grassroots' organization is hiring workers to campaign against Bush for $300-$500 a week.

In response Jeff says, perhaps ironically, perhaps not, that in his day "we volunteered for campaigns because we cared, not because we were paid." Read more »

The Cabal is unmasked

Y'know, that sinister cabal that conspired to get us to invade Iraq, crusade for national greatness, eliminate carbs from all foods, etc?

Its the Village People.

As foretold in the Apocalypse of Henley. Verily, the end times be nigh.

Anything that is not granted is forbidden

As mentioned below, Jacob Levy is teetering on the edge of the precipice as far as voting for a Democrat this coming November, and gave a number of reasons why. Mostly, it was due to Bush exhibiting little-to-no leadership on the troubles in Iraq, having a feckless foreign policy outside of Iraq, and a domestic and fiscal policy of spending like a teenager let loose in a mall with Daddy's credit card. Read more »

BLASPHEMY! or, "One of these things is not like the other"

In the process of welcoming Tyler Cowen to the Ranks of the Shrill, Brad DeLong utters an unconscionable blasphemy:

By the power vested in me by Paul R. Krugman, and through the invocation of the ideas of Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek, Lord Acton, John Stuart Mill, and all the other friends of liberty...

[insert sound of needle scratching across record] Read more »

Washing the bad taste out of my mouth

I've already recieved a few comments disagreeing with my post earlier about Paul Krugman having a point, however small.

So as a sop to the base, I give you Steve Antler's fisking of said Krugmania, who tells us that what we need to know is the difference between "truths" and "essential truths" in order to be as enlightened as Paul.

Separating the Fact from the Photoshop

Folk at Dartmouth, perhaps spoofed one too many times, now look into the mathematics of images to sniff out tell-tale signs of alteration.

All your base are belong to Kerry

Dear George,

When your natural base of Republicans Jesse Helms, William F. Buckley, and Bruce Bartlett, and non-lefty liberals Tyler Cowen and Jacob Levy are all either criticizing your policies or seriously considering joining the dark side for at least this year, you're in some serious shit not doing so well.

Hugs & Kisses,

PS- Counting on Kerry to screw up the campaign worse than you is also probably not the best tactic.

Fraud is not a good business strategy

I'd like to be able to file that under 'duh', but unfortunately too many people believe otherwise. Given the amount of fraud and crime revealed after the 90s dotcom bubble, many folk have come to think that the way to stop it is to make business schools "more responsible" and make ethics integral to the courses of instruction. Over at, James Sheehan has some words to say on that point:


What is the functional difference between an interest rate bubble and a housing bubble?

I say this because Brad DeLong says its more likely that we're in the former and not the latter. More specifically, that the rise in housing prices is a rational response to a too-low interest rate. Arnold Kling agrees[1]. Read more »