And by “old liberal” I mean something a lot closer to classical liberal.
His Majesty: “Bah. Don’t be deceived by what appear to be hopeful signs. Resistance is futile.”
Just look at which justices were on each side of this split decision. You could have rolled dice for this result.
Incidentally, the decision strikes me as wrong. Though I think the law itself is an abomination.
There is no such thing as Santa Claus.
All thirty minutes are worth listening to.
Justice is what God expects of us. Justice is the standards he holds us to.
The standards he holds us to are impossibly high. We cannot satisfy justice.
Life has taught me the importance of exclusion and boundaries. A thermodynamic system with poor borders (less insulation), will have greater thermal conductivity. It may do more work initially, but it will also move at maximum speed towards that final resting state where all energy is evenly distributed. Such a state is peaceful in precisely the same way as death; for without flows of energy, there can be no life (in vivo or in silico – as no computation is possible). I suppose those who think human extinction is fair or just will consider this the state of ultimate fairness. I don’t particularly care for that final solution.
So if you even care about life existing – let alone the infinite diversity possible therein – then (contra Caplan), boundaries (such as national borders) are an absolute necessity. No differences, no energy flow, no (thermodynamic) work, no life. As in the stars, so on the earth: romance flows from polarity; trade from comparative advantage; thermodynamic work from heat differences; evolution from variation; economic competition from competing alternatives. All progress is driven by differences; so to erase differences is (counter-eponymously) to end progress.
Anyway: it worries me a little that “blogs are dying,” because if so we lose the idea of a place where people speak their piece, as oppose to speak in pieces.
While most blogs weren’t deathless examples of great writing, there was the opportunity for individualism, and you don’t get that from a Pinterest page. You don’t get it from a feed of things snipped and reblogged and pinned and shoveled into The Feed. The web turns into bushels of confetti shoveled into a jet engine, and while something does emerge out the other end, it’s usually made impressive by its velocity and volume, not the shape it makes.
This makes me think of what Jaron Lanier described as the hive mind.
Freedom is responsibility. (more…)
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So school teachers’ lesson plans are “trade secrets” exempt from the various Freedom of Information statutes? In a Sith’s eye!