Neoliberals and Social Democrats

Arnold Kling has a post up in which he complains that the terms ‘neoliberal’ and ‘social democracy’ are both vague and perjorative. Neoliberalism "gets used as an undefined all-purpose boo-word." And "If neoliberalism is the ill-defined boo-word, then social democracy is the ill-defined yay-word." The post never really separates the two complaints, though, and so…

Pro Special Prosecutor

The shock firing of James Comey is today’s biggest news story. Nobody seems to know what to think about it. I don’t really know what to think about it either. I mean, I have some opinions, but it’s a complicated and hard-to-read issue, and like with every Trump-related headline-grabber, the commentariat seems incapable of finding…

Talk About How to Include Instead

Patricia Marino has a thoughtful essay on the limits of campus speech that I think is worth reading less because of the questions it raises – which mostly have pretty easy answers from my point of view – and more because it unintentionally points to all the attitudes we have to change to reclaim the…

First they Came for the Goreans

I’m not a member of the Drupal Community. I’ve made a couple of Drupal sites and written one or two private-use Drupal modules, but I’ve never contributed any code or attended any conferences. I have been following the big dustup with some interest, though – because I increasingly think this is the issue of the…

Bluff and Double Bluff Go to Washington

In Chapter 3, Book 1 of Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin gives a version of the General Consensus argument for the existence of God that includes the following: It is most absurd, therefore, to maintain, as some do, that religion was devised by the cunning and craft of a few individuals, as a…

The Black Echo (Review)

Michael Connelly is well-regarded among a subset of mystery fans, so I thought I’d see what all the fuss is about – and I started at the begining. The Black Echo is the book that introduced the world to Heironymous "Harry" Bosch in 1992. And I did see what all the fuss is about ……

In re Marriage of Black

The Washington State Supreme Court recently handed down a ruling – in re Marriage of Black – reversing a custody ruling involving a highly religious couple in which the wife of 20 years decides that she is a lesbian and leaves. The courts awarded primary custody to the father as well as all decision-making authority…

Converging to Point Free

As mentioned before, I’m a big fan of the RamdaJS library. It doesn’t get you as close to Haskell as Purescript (which arguably even takes you beyond Haskell), but when your dayjob requires Javascript, it’s often the next best thing. One pattern that seems to come up a lot at work is a pattern where…

The Real Folk Blues

SyFy Wire has a Top 30 TV SciFi Theme Songs clickbait post up. It’s partly tongue-in-cheek (no one seriously believes that Quantum Leap has an iconic theme, for example). But most of it seems serious … and lazy. Here’s my litany of complaints. Omissions Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It might just be the fanboy in…