Monthly Archives: December 2001

Statist Athiests

It can scarcely escape my notice that many of the libertarian bloggers I read aren’t the religious type. Fine, I’m not going to be like, you know, judgmental about it. I do get a little griped, though, when it crosses … Continue reading

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An Anti-Religious Bigot Speaks

Katha Pollitt has a fit of anti-religious mania (via Protein Wisdom): Just think of the damage religious mania (combined, as it tends to be, with nationalism and patriarchy) has wrought around the globe this year, the first of the new … Continue reading

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The Press of the Real World

I said I had no business doing this! Effectively, my time to add things to this blog runs from about 4:00 AM, when I usually get up, to 5:30 AM, when I start my morning chores: letting the indoor dogs … Continue reading

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Undiplomatic Talk

The French ambassador to the United Kingdom is said to be in deep merde for his comments describing Israel in the same terms. And I thought he was just reflecting the official views of the French government!

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Popcult as Arts News

Uh oh. John Rockwell is retiring as editor of the Sunday Arts and Leisure section of the New York Times, as reported in the New York Observer. The root cause of the upheaval, Mr. Rockwell said, is that Howell Raines … Continue reading

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Limits to the First Amendment

Editorialists are shocked – shocked! – that a speech by the publisher of the Sacramento Bee was heckled. This prompted one letter writer to ask whether these comments would have appeared if David Horowitz had been similarly howled off. Silly … Continue reading

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The Decline and Fall of Oratory

My lovely bride bought for me a six-volume set of “Famous American Statesmen and Orators,” published in 1902. Reading these speeches one is struck by the majesty of the language. How can one not be stirred by words such as … Continue reading

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