Monthly Archives: June 2016

I Know I Shouldn’t Even Bring This Up, But …

Alarmists on the Right are having a field day with this HuffPo editorial by Jesse Benn defending violence against Trump supporters. I’m leery of giving his argument more attention than it deserves. But in the end, I think this impulse should be … Continue reading

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The Second-Worst Dystopia Ever: Tyler Cowen’s Average is Over

The critic Louis Menand once compared economists to bulldozers, gleefully plowing through the preconceptions of common people. The book Average is Over, by famed economist Tyler Cowen, lives up to that description. Cowen’s subject is the American dream. And by the end of his … Continue reading

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The Best Game Ever about a Giant Vagina

The hit indie game Journey is about a quest to pass through a giant vagina. This isn’t a spoiler. The game makes its intentions clear at the start, when the main character is plunked down in a desert, toils up a hill, … Continue reading

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Common Sense

You would think Trump’s comments about Judge Curiel were indefensible, but I do see people defending them. Mostly in comment boards. Yet here’s Pat Buchanan: When Obama named Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, a woman of Puerto Rican descent … Continue reading

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And That’s the Way It Is

Let me get this straight. Trump is now browbeating his campaign staff into goading his political supporters into attacking reporters over their coverage of Trump’s racist insinuations against a judge handling class action suit over a boondoggle Trump ran to fleece the disadvantaged. I guess … Continue reading

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Even by Trump Standards, This Curiel Business is Crazy

Most of the response to Donald Trump’s beef with Judge Curiel have been the usual “you can’t say that!” finger-wagging. Everyone focuses on Trump’s use of the word “Mexican.” “But Curiel’s not Mexican! He’s American!” To which Trump replies, naturally enough, … Continue reading

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The God in the Machine: Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence

I Every child knows the fantasy. You rub a magic lamp; a genie appears and offers to grant three wishes. What do you say? The catch is that the genie is both omnipotent and devious. If you wish for wealth, … Continue reading

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Pro-Rape Libertarians?

Wait, wha? Damon Linker has written a piece on moral libertarianism–the idea that people should be allowed to do whatever they want, so long as it doesn’t hurt others. Linker thinks this principle is due for a backlash, especially as … Continue reading

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The Granny President

One thing people say about both Hillary Clinton and Trump is that they’ve been in the public eye too long. They’re no longer susceptible to any kind of rebranding; we already know (too well!) who they are. That’s probably true. … Continue reading

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If You Believe Adverbs are Bad, You’ll Believe Anything

Thank the muses for Colin Dickey’s recent Slate essay defending adverbs. My only objection is that his argument is too subtle. … we desperately lack a full-throated defense of this runt of the grammatical litter. We need an outright celebration of … Continue reading

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