A Disingenuous Comparison

Noah reminds me that I need to be keeping up with /r/socialism – just to marvel at the senselessness. And it doesn’t disappoint. Right out of the gate I find this post on gun control. It shows this juxtaposition of Marx and Reagan with cherry-picked quotes aiming to show that Marx is ironically less in…

Faith, Hope and Charity in Academic Arguments

Some friends and I got interested in the controversy about Nancy MacLean‘s book *Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. If you’re a libertarian, historian or political scientist, then you’ve heard about this. If not, the short version is that it’s a typical entry in the Koch Brothers…

The Forever Surplus

Hard to say whether it’s Brexit or the Trump election or just the clock running out, but one of the good things that seems to have come out of all the recent shakeups is that pressure is mounting on Germany to do something about its persistent, huge, and growing current account surplus – specifically its…

Why Accuse?

Michael Mills, PhD, poses an obvious, deceptively simple question: Why don’t women ask men out on first dates?. Being an evolutionary psychologist, he naturally has an equally obvious and deceptively simple answer: it’s because of "female reputational defense theory" – which is a fancy way of saying that because paternity of a child is less…

Politics, Law and Concerts

Oh look! It’s one of those situations where everybody’s wrong! Wrong the first: Roger Waters is all over Thom Yorke because he wants to play a concert in Tel Aviv. Waters is a big supporter of BDS – a kind of comprehensive boycott of Israel that mirrors the actions taken in the 70s and 80s…

A Defense of Anonymous Shitposting

The latest internet tempest in a teapot – CNN’s crypto-threat to dox someone who spread anti-CNN memes – raises an interesting question: should meme-makers be left anonymous? That’s not a First Amendment question. Since I haven’t heard a convincing argument that CNN’s threat rises to the level of illegal blackmail, I guess CNN has the…

The Last Coin (Review)

James Blaylock’s The Last Coin is a bit of a divisive book, with opinions running the gamut from awful to fantastic to boring. One thing everyone seems to agree on: it’s unique. Jules Pennyman is an ambiguously evil, dapper ghoul of a person who is attempting to collect the 30 silver coins that were paid…

Jessica Jones (semi-review)

Jessica Jones is one of those shows that feels like it could and should have been a lot better than it is. I watched 9 episodes (of 13) before I couldn’t take it anymore. It’s got a lot going for it – an interesting premise, a charismatic lead, and David Tennant as the villain. But…