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  1. 4 days ago on Tom Stiglich

    Beware Loose Women?!?!?!?!?! Why not Beware Predatory Men?

  2. 6 days ago on Clay Bennett

    It’s not possible to say with much accuracy what the weather will be like in ten days, but it’s easy to say that summer is on average a lot warmer than the winter (at least where I live). You can’t predict much about the motion of particular molecules in a cup of hot coffee, but you can say that in a half hour it will be cool. (See James Gleick, “Chaos: Making a New Science”, p. 25)

  3. 7 days ago on Ted Rall

    There’s good government and bad government. It’s simplistic to say it never does anyone any good, and it’s simplistic to say it always does good. If you want good government, you have to get involved and make sure it’s good.

  4. 8 days ago on Mike Luckovich

    “We won’t do anything now because we don’t see the problem, and when the problem hits us it will be too late.”

  5. 9 days ago on Gary Varvel

    If Libertarianism ever makes sense (and I think it never does), it would have to assume an equal starting point for everyone. How do you guarantee an equal starting point? Well, you’re going to have to deal with various legal and social structures that create inequalities. For example, everyone should get more or less the same education. What do you do about people who create dangers for society by failing to deal with waste? (This is one of the real-world problems Heinlein deals with in his story.) And so on. I’m willing to discuss particular cases, but I just don’t see as a general principle that you can have a large society without a fair amount of government. As I’ve said before, the various institutions should act as countervailing forces: government should act as a check on business, business should act as a check on government, religious organizations should act as a check on both government and business, and so on.

  6. 9 days ago on Gary Varvel

    It is hard, but who said life was easy? I would mention another Heinlein story, “Tunnel in the Sky”, a sort of “Lord of the Flies” plot, where a bunch of students are marooned on a wild planet; they manage to put together a functioning constitutional government, with regulations and services. Heinlein didn’t have a consistent political philosophy; he was a story teller, not a philosopher.

  7. 9 days ago on Gary Varvel

    Varvel just hasn’t thought through the complex relationships between the government, social institutions, social groups, and individuals. Me, I like a society which allows a lot of room for individuals to develop themselves and their talents as they wish; it helps to have good schools, equal opportunities, health and safety regulations, unemployment insurance, deposit insurance, and so on. Other institutions, including churches, should not be allowed to impose their standards on the society as a whole.

  8. 9 days ago on Michael Ramirez

    The thought that McConnell would be hypocritical enough to allow the appointment of a Justice before the election is beyond disgusting. Not surprising, just disgusting.

  9. 9 days ago on Bob Gorrell

    Gorrell is unclear on the concept. That’s putting it politely.

  10. 9 days ago on Signe Wilkinson

    I don’t think the Seals are happy about this. The military has standards, but Trump doesn’t.