Archive for August, 2010

Leisure Reading

August 18, 2010

The short prologue to my novel is now available for download on the fiction page.
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Wait, America has always been in color?

August 17, 2010
Wait, America has always been in color?

The ubiquitous black and white photos from the depression have a tendency to make one perceive that everyone wore clothing in drab shades of gray, and that life was a bleak visage of darkness. The accompanying downtrodden motif of the time usually reinforces that idea as a contemporary psychological construct — why wouldn’t people...
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I’ll take great 70’s glam rock for $200, Alex

August 14, 2010

A. This amazing song — that you’ve probably never heard — sounds like Bowie and Meatloaf were inspired by the White Album to co-write a song, and then got Geddy Lee to sing it. Q. What is Mott the Hoople’s Roll Away the Stone?
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More on ending state marriage…

August 11, 2010

Over at Confirm Or Disconfirm, John is taking issue with my ultra-libertarian view on marriage. To reiterate (or perhaps clarify), I believe the following three things: 1) Intimate human relationships exist prior to the government. I may personally judge some arrangements as inferior to others, but  so long as they occur between consenting adults...
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More on decoupling marriage and the state

August 10, 2010

In my previous post on the topic, which was somewhat rushed, I asserted that the best solution to the issue of marriage inequality for homosexuals is a libertarian one: make everyone equal not by allowing gay marriage, but by getting the state out of the business of straight marriage. I believe this is not...
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August 5, 2010

A lot of people are talking about George Packer’s article on the Senate in the current issue of the New Yorker. I think it’s an ok article; George seems to have a better handle on Senate procedure than most of the DC press corp, although he still doesn’t seem to understand how the filibuster,...
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Solving the gay marriage gordian knot, or why you should be a libertarian

August 4, 2010

The issue of gay marriage is now so convoluted that there’s nary any room for a partisan to stand with an ideological straight face. On one hand, you’ve got a federal court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is more or less a violation of state sovereignty and the federal respect for...
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