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September 18, 2018, 1:27 pm, 1900492

The versatile Arnold Schwarzenegger — bodybuilder (for real), actor (sort of), governor (don't blame me) — has always provoked snickering. For a couple of weeks now, there's been a new and less amiable snicker, over the recent revelation that for years, while he ...


September 18, 2018, 1:27 pm, 1900493

Imagine that you lived in a place where you had to ask someone else's permission to leave your property. Even if the other person always gave permission, you wouldn't be free. You'd be under conditional house arrest, with the other person your discretionary jailor. The case wouldn't be much better ...


September 18, 2018, 1:27 pm, 1900494

In this series of posts, I've been developing a view of the requirements of a free society. I've introduced two notions of freedom--as opportunity, and as personal independence or non-domination. Last time I argued that freedom-as-opportunity is needed to justify private property, and is an ...


September 18, 2018, 1:27 pm, 1900495

[July 22 addendum. By reader request, I include this SPOILER DISCLAIMER: This post reveals nothing about the plot of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but the commentary that follows on L2R Comments does.]

I take a break from summer break to make sure L2R has a seat ...


September 18, 2018, 1:27 pm, 1900491

First, from a high-ranking Kuwaiti official:

When the satellite channels reported on the scope of the terrifying destruction in America [caused by] this wind, I was reminded of the words of [Prophet Muhammad]: "The wind sends torment to one group of people, and sends mercy to others." I do not think


September 18, 2018, 1:27 pm, 1900490

Tell us again that government is the problem, that things will be perfect if we just shrink our governments down to nothing and allow the wonders of private enterprise to solve all of our problems. As we look in horror ...


September 18, 2018, 1:27 pm, 1900487

Earlier this year President Lee Bollinger of Columbia University gave the Cardozo Lecture to the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The subject was academic freedom. Bollinger maintained that academic freedom included academic responsibilities. One of those responsibilities, he maintained, was that every professor was to ...


September 18, 2018, 1:27 pm, 1900488

From President Bush's statement this morning, nominating Harriet Miers to the Court:

Harriet Miers will strictly interpret our Constitution and laws. She will not legislate from the bench.

Sigh. The cynic in me, of late a cancerously expansive presence, says, "calm down, Don, this is a barely coded statement to the ...


September 18, 2018, 1:27 pm, 1900489

Yesterday I saw the most amazing BBC video coverage from New Orleans, which spoke volumes about the character and focus of even our belated relief efforts there. You can find it at the BBC News site (Thanks to Ciaran.) What you will see is footage from a small boat ...


September 18, 2018, 1:27 pm, 1900486

After a semester hiatus, I resume my series of posts on the political economy of a free society. Let's take up the issue of eminent domain, through the controversial Supreme Court case, Kelo v. New London 268 Conn. 1, 843 A. 2d 500, which affirmed the constitutionality of compulsory ...