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Money Even in Foreign Policy?

August 26th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Ploughshares – The Money Behind the Iran Deal: imagine the sort of lobbying money in foreign policy under a Clinton presidency. Shudder.

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Bad News is Good News

August 25th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

The Bad News for China’s Economy Could Be Good News for the Climate: a worldwide depression would be outstanding luck, in their eyes. Seldom are the sides laid out so clearly.

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‘Nuff Said

August 24th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Criminal Law 2.0: incredible essay on much-needed reforms from a sitting appellate court justice. It is very accessible and offers concrete examples of rampant, systemic injustice. Worth the time.

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Good Thoughts

August 24th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Thinking Objectively by Gregory Salmieri: I saw this at last year’s OCON and enjoyed it a lot.

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That Was Quick

August 22nd, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Iran Unveils New Missile, Says Strength Is Precondition for Peace: once Iran has nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia and Egypt will want them. Once they all have them, they’ll start exporting. (Side note: I tried my damnedest to try to find the “music video … praising Iran’s missile capabilities” but I just couldn’t.)

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Trump as Inflection Point

August 21st, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Are Republicans For Freedom Or White Identity Politics?: the liberty tent should be open only to individualists. Leave the collectivists for the Democrats. The explicit comparison to Le Pen and implicit one to Tiberius are helpful. Trump and this election feel like an inflection point in American politics, generally, and the GOP, specifically. (But that […]

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Art of the Matter

August 21st, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Banksy Dismaland show revealed at Weston’s Tropicana: Banksy does sure capture the milieu of our time in all its nihilistic vainglory. And here are some more photos.

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Uncommonly Good

August 20th, 2015 by Bill Brown · 1 Comment · Found on the Web

Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson: I listen to a lot of podcasts and this one has really impressed me. The caliber of guest is high, the conversation is high-minded, and the interviewer is incredible. So many of the interview-based podcasts are hosted by terrible interviewers (you know who I’m talking about) and the difference the […]

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Good Effect, Troubling Cause

August 19th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Court’s Free-Speech Expansion Has Far-Reaching Consequences: it’s sad that the rationale behind economic rights finally getting some protection is “commercial” speech, but I’ll take it at this point.

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Sowell’s Pearls of Wisdom

August 18th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Random Thoughts on Trump, Iran, Reagan: his “random thoughts on the passing scene” columns are chock-a-block with wisdom, and this one is no exception. Read them all.

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The Food of Yore

August 18th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

A Plea for Culinary Modernism: hear, hear! This is a wide-ranging, historically accurate essay on how the “back to the past” food movement is anachronistic and short-sighted.

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Nihilist Diplomacy

August 17th, 2015 by Bill Brown · 4 Comments · Foreign Affairs, Politics

Imagine two scenarios: 1) A country is attacked by terrorists. In response, it targets the terrorists and the countries that aid those terrorists. It successfully captures a bunch of the terrorists and imprisons them. During the course of its operations, an enlisted man deserts and is captured by the terrorists. Its leader exchanges a handful […]

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Santayana’s Revenge

August 17th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

The Slow-Motion Financial Suicide of the Roman Empire: the ancient Romans at least had an excuse for their economic naïveté. Our Founders looked to the Roman experience for lessons; people today ignore the Roman experience entirely. To our peril.

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Hardly Harding

August 17th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

If we weren’t so obsessed with Warren G. Harding’s sex life, we’d realize he was a pretty good president: I’m a fan of Harding, but he’s a shadow compared to good old Grover Cleveland.

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Marx for the New Millenium

August 17th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

How Piketty Misses the Point: the “Great Enrichment,” I like that. An economist analyzes Capital in the Twenty-First Century from an overall perspective and finds it quite lacking. Decent criticism.

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Knock Knock

August 17th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

That’s Not Funny!: yet more tragicomedy from higher education. Keep that bubble nice and safe, kids!

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Laying Blame

August 14th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Another Op’nin, Another Show: people don’t appreciate today’s fine art. You can blame the people or you can blame the art. John Podhoretz blames the people. I blame the artists: specifically, every form of art has degenerated for at least a generation into something that was basically unappreciable—except deontologically. Parents several generations ago went to […]

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Different Rules for Rulers

August 13th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

The Spy Satellite Secrets in Hillary’s Emails: more evidence for the “government of men” notion. This has got to torpedo her nomination and bid for the presidency, right? Right?

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Fascist Baby Steps

August 13th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

The Coddling of the American Mind: this stuff terrifies me. Sure, they’ll get pummeled once they get in the workforce, where this isn’t tolerated. But what if the workplace caves also? Or what if they implement “safe spaces” once the current workforce retires and the next crop from college is more primed for it than […]

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A Better Way

August 12th, 2015 by Bill Brown · No Comments · Found on the Web

Where the Private Buffalo Roam and the Private Antelope Play: I applaud this approach whenever its taken, which is altogether too rarely.

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