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Entries from December 31st, 2010

When the Left is Right: Unite and Rule

December 31st, 2010 by Jim May · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

There has been a recent effort on the Left to drive a wedge into what they see as a weak point in the Tea Party: the divide between the statist wing of conservatism (the “social” conservatives), and the libertarian-ish one.  This effort has been loudly dismissed by some on the right, most notably Glenn Reynolds […]

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Hopeful Headlines of 2011

December 31st, 2010 by Mike N · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

It’s that time of year again where I indulge in some optimism regarding headlines I’d like to see in 2011. There is no particular order of importance except for the first one. A few are repeats from last year.

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The Newest Hobgoblin: Obesogens

December 29th, 2010 by Mike N · Comments Off on The Newest Hobgoblin: Obesogens · Uncategorized

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H.L. Mencken

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Independent Thinking vs. Conformity

December 20th, 2010 by Myrhaf · 3 Comments · Culture, Education

Watch this interesting little film on the conformity of belief. I think it gets at something profound and important: people’s beliefs conform to the group in which they are raised. The filmmaker notes the importance of speaking out if you hold a minority opinion and are surrounded by a majority in error. The worst thing […]

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The Tax Deal: Good Or Bad?

December 11th, 2010 by Myrhaf · 19 Comments · Politics

The reaction to the tax deal announced last week has been all over the map. Pundits and politicians on both sides love it and hate it. There is anger on both sides — one Democrat Congressman even said “F**k the president” — and the only person who seems bored by it is President Obama, who […]

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