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El Coyote Gordo
27 February 2017 @ 10:03 am
Happy birthday, sleigh
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El Coyote Gordo
27 February 2017 @ 05:51 am
We gave out the wrong award (twice) long before Hollywood thought of it.

Thanx to File 770
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El Coyote Gordo
27 February 2017 @ 05:42 am
Tom Perez scares the Republicans, and Keith Ellison is staying in Congress.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.
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El Coyote Gordo
26 February 2017 @ 09:49 am
Happy birthday, lifecubelady and lovelyangel
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El Coyote Gordo
26 February 2017 @ 07:10 am
Deborah Lipstadt (who should know) explains why holocaust denial shouldn't be a crime.

Thanx to andrewducker
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
25 February 2017 @ 10:23 am
Happy birthday, aberranteyes and avalookau
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El Coyote Gordo
25 February 2017 @ 10:16 am
A conservative teenage Canadian girl took Milo down.
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El Coyote Gordo
25 February 2017 @ 10:15 am
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) (that’s two) warns that marijuana bales would be a uniquely efficacious way to smuggle in nukes. Reminds me of the joke that Irish Customs caught someone smuggling in condoms disguised as cocaine.
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El Coyote Gordo
25 February 2017 @ 08:59 am
Caitlyn Jenner notices a problem with the Leopards Eating People's Faces Party.
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El Coyote Gordo
25 February 2017 @ 05:25 am
I just wrote about Robert Nozick, who made libertarianism serious, and now we lose the guy who made it funny. In 1971 Jerome Tuccille wrote It Usually Begins With Ayn Rand, which he described as a “libertarian odyssey.” For my money, it is still the best, or at least funniest, book on the movement, though I admit he sometimes transcended mere fact.

He stopped calling himself a libertarian, after an effort to run for office (governor of NY) on the Libertarian ticket that ended about as well as such things usually do. He somewhat reratted to conservatism, working as a stockbroker and writing bios of malefactors of great wealth (starting with Donald Trump). He never lost his distrust of the State, though, particularly on lifestyle issues. He wrote many books on many topics, though for me he never recaptured the greatness of It Usually Begins With Ayn Rand.
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El Coyote Gordo
24 February 2017 @ 09:11 am
Hating Comic Sans Is Ableist. Amusingly enough, I learned about this on Facebook, which makes everyone use a Helvetica Anorexica that many of us find uglier and harder to read that Comic Sans.
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El Coyote Gordo
24 February 2017 @ 05:58 am
Mae Jemison wants more women and minorities in science.

Thanx to File 770
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El Coyote Gordo
23 February 2017 @ 10:29 am
Happy birthday, lysana and quility
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El Coyote Gordo
23 February 2017 @ 08:53 am
When the morons said that President Obama is a Muslim, Keith Ellison was one reason I wasn’t scared. Ellison for DNC Chair!
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
23 February 2017 @ 07:02 am
I am a recovering libertarian in the same way that I am a recovering drug addict: It felt good but wasn’t sustainable.

Back in the 60s there were a lot of alleged problems like gaysex, dirty books, comedians using the F-word on stage, and dope smoking that people were supposed to be arrested for. Some of us filthy hippies thought that the government should mind its own business. Then there was an Asian war for which the same solution applied, and I started wondering how much it generalized.

In the 70s Robert Nozick wrote a great book called Anarchy, State, & Utopia. I remember that after The Times reviewed it, they got an angry loc saying that the very existence of the book proved that we’re going to Hell in a handbasket because it would make it acceptable to consider politics an imposition on the life of the individual. Since that’s how I feel, I thought it was nifty. (It wasn’t quite Area Teen Is the Only Libertarian in the World, but I did feel outnumbered. And in my more lucid moments I realize that I am extreme, and I have compared my feeling about the need for politics to that of the unfortunate souls who are horrified and disgusted that the survival of the species requires that icky business with pee-pees and hoo-hahs. But as Uncle Sigmund said about paranoids in general, I am not entirely mistaken.) And he did make libertarianism academically respectable.

Nozick did not say, as some of his enemies and some of his supporters maintain, that any State intervention in the economy puts us on the road to gulags. What he said was that the more government we have, the more it controls our private lives and the more it is open to the abuses of totalitarianism, and that the tipping point is likely to come when we decide that a just distribution of everything is the state’s business (which Richard Rorty said is the defining quality of the Left). I agree.

But Nozick reratted to liberalism, and so did I. Libertarianism doesn’t work, and Scott Alexander has a thorough discussion of why it doesn’t.
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