The State of America's Political-Public Sphere: Those who have made accomodation with neo-fascism to any substantial degree are not people you want around—they will, for one reason or another, stab you in the back the first moment that it seems opportune #publicsphere #politics #moralresponsibility moralphilosophyinamerica journamalismandthepublicsphere 2019-02-27
Rand Paul: Protecting Property Holders’ Rights to Discriminate on the Basis of Race: "Is the Hard Part About Believing in Freedom...": Dismantling the New Deal and rolling back the social insurance state were not ideas that had much potential political-economy juice back in the 1950s and 1960s. But if the economic libertarian cause of dismantling the New Deal could be harnessed to the cause of white supremacy—if one of the key liberties that libertarians were fighting to defend was the liberty to discriminate against and oppress the Negroes—than all of a sudden you could have a political movement that might get somewhere...
A Lazy New Year's Eve Morn on Twitter...: ou start out reading somebody, and then they have an unhealthy fascination with: genetic racial differences in IQ, or with how “public accommodation” doctrine is a grave and illegitimate overreach, or know too much about the muzzle velocity of the Nazi armored battlewagon four. I have found that if someone identified as a libertarian there was an unhealthy chance they would like to hang out with one of these groups. Better, I think, in a benefit-cost sense, to confine you’re reading and interaction to people who say that they feel the strength of libertarian arguments but who accept the label only with many many asterisks... #publicsphere #economicsgonewrong #moralphilosophy #ontwitter
Hoisted from the Archives from 1999: DeLong's Principles Of Neoliberalism: Thanks to Miniver Cheevy for Formatting: The "neoliberalism" I was talking about then is a relatively distant cousin (but was a cousin) of what people are calling "neoliberalism" today..
Interesting euphemisms in this twitter thread from the very sharp but strangely blinkered Geoff Kabaservice: Kabaservice sees conservative political energy back in the age of Nixon-Ford-Carter-Reagan coming from "liberal overreach and failure" on "crime, foreign policy, and the economy" plus "outraged public opinion" because of liberals' policies on "busing, affirmative action, welfare, and feminism". Jonathan Chait parries that the energy for conservatives' 1980s victories was racial—that it was no accident that Reagan started his campaign in Philadelphia, MS, and there did not say what he did not say...
Hoisted from the Archives: Reading: Homer, Odysseus, Emily Wilson, David Drake: Let me riff off of something that crossed my desk.... Emily Wilson's reflections on her translation of the Odyssey, and on the Odyssey itself. There is one passage that always has been, to me at least, horrifyingly freaky in a very bad way... #moralresponsibility #cognition #odyssey #homer #hoistedfromthearchives || moralphilosophyinamerica 2018-12-28
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