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The Question of Kwanzaa

I first remember seeing it in middle school. I'd grown up hearing Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas (mostly the latter) and was used to them. Then, out of nowhere came Happy Kwanzaa. I wondered what is Kwanzaa, and why did it start getting mentioned along with Hanukkah and Christmas? Read more »

The Nobel? You can keep it.

Continuing a trend of giving prizes to people I've never heard of (and who likely don't deserve them), the Nobel Committee gave its Peace Prize to Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai today. Says Reuters:

Calling humanity a threat to the planet, Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai has urged democratic reform and an end to corporate greed after becoming the first African woman to collect the Nobel Peace Prize.

A Symptom of the End of an Era

Many of us in the blogosphere are keeping an eye on Tom Brokaw's retirement. Many in the mainstream media are too, and using phrases like "end of an era" to describe it. On our end, we know better. The twin retirements of ikons Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather are part of a long process that started years ago, when mass audiences first started browsing, or even before. They are only a late development. Real earth-moving changes rarely happen overnight. Read more »

Property and the First Thanksgiving

Gary Galles over at reminds us about the reason that we can give thanks.

Oswald Strikes Again

As an agnostic and a libertarian I'm much more open to mockery of the politically sacred than most people I encounter, so editorials like these two seem especially cranky to me. They are negative reactions to a new video game in which players recreate John Kennedy's assassination from Lee Harvey Oswald's point of view. Read more »

US House backs $800 billion debt limit increase

To steal a joke from Jon Stewart, that's $800 billion. Billion with a B.

Yes, the Republicans in the House actually got this through Thursday. The Senate had done the same Wednesday. Do we need a clearer sign that the Republicans are no friend of fiscal responsibility and limited government? I'll be interested to see if anyone who still thinks they are tries to justify this. Read more »

Thomas Woods: Up From Conservatism

A month ago I attended the Mises Institute's Supporter's Summit, of which the theme was "Radical Scholarship." It's always a pleasure to be involved with any Mises Institute event, and to get to talk with some of my personal heroes there like Jeffrey Tucker, Mark Thornton, and Peter Klein, among others. (Also I'd like to give a shout-out to Roderick Long, though he was not in attendance.) I had not yet heard Thomas Woods, but his speech, "Up From Conservatism," was just what the doctor ordered. Read more »


It seems that, in addition to arrogance, racism is a trait commonly associated with Americans that some of our European counterparts are also guilty of. (Here I side with Jonathan on a new American allegation of racism, which comes to my attention on the same day.) Read more »

I\'m sorry too, but in a different way

Who says Americans are more arrogant than everyone else? Sorry Everybody demonstrates some American humility, misguided though it may be, and Apologies Accepted shows that 99% of the Europeans who've responded are some of the most arrogant people in the world. (Fortunately, the remaining 1% want to focus on beer drinking.) Read more »

Two Down

At the risk of blowing Catallarchy's Fonzie-like reputation, I think I speak for a good many people in not wishing John Ashcroft, "good health and a good retirement," instead hoping, Johnny Boy, that you burn in hell.

Official Anarchist Browser Update

The long-awaited Mozilla Firefox 1.0 has been released. Get your copy today!

Arafat dead?

Some confusion in the Arafat story. It's easy to see why the Palestinian leadership would say that he's dead, because one of them is next in line and Arafat's as good as dead anyway, but why would they put out the statement when French doctors are going to contradict it?

My enemy\'s enemy is himself?

More tension in the Netherlands, to no one's great surprise. The anti-Islamic elements there couldn't have asked for a better excuse than Theo van Gogh's murder. It was a great symbolic act to the Dutch public of its fundamental antagonism with Muslim society -- imagined or not, it's real to them. It makes me wonder, how could the murderer be so stupid?

Pros and Cons

There will be good and bad as a result of this election, and the sooner we identify each the sooner we can prepare for each. Starting with the bad:

  • More wars possible. It's unlikely that the US military will invade the whole list of possibles, but an incursion into Syria, for example, is not too improbable.
  • More "free trade" and the associated attacks against it. Bush and the Republican Street Gang make it harder for libertarians to persuade anybody of the virtues of free trade when they talk one way and act another.

What happened?

How did he do it? Off the top of my head, a few answers come to mind. Read more »