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March 31, 2018


I don't know who this guy is and don't know if I've ever read him before. Differing opinions aren't the problem. Intellectual dishonesty is.


Which is much in evidence where he used to write. Orthodoxy has that power.

You see a lot of this on both the left and the right. There seems to be this overwhelming fear that if certain arguments are heard or read in the public forums then the simple might find them persuasive. This danger being so frightening that they grant themselves the right to lie. Regretatably I see quite a lot of this at places where I expected better. Vox, for example, has some great writers in Klein and Yglesias and Belluz. And some intentionally deceptive ones in, for example, Roberts.

I have never understood that. If they have the better argument you don’t get to be right by lying about it. You get off your intellectual ass and think it through.

Ai...On first thought I was tempted to give my version of "Hath a dog money?"
Good luck squeezing donations out of people still pondering how we fit in the "primate" category...such as tend not to have pockets.

I am too old for abortion, but suggestions that I serenely accept a future seeing my younger selves marched to the scaffold (Maybe some Berlioz on the sound track?)-- that is really overselling on the uniqueness of the spectacle.

Well, as Humbert says somewhere, "Count on a murderer for a fancy prose style."

Surely there are writers who can manage more deathless prose, without demanding "death" as an actual ingredient.

I don't know where you come from stranger but stick around. I kind of like it when ideological debaters paint themselves into corners with absurdist arguments or absolutist statements. It makes it hard for them to escape inconvenient questions. The slipperiest of fishes shouldn't put themselves in barrels.

“The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.”

Joel Cairo: You always have a very smooth explanation ready.
Sam Spade: What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?


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