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is the author of the "Dialectics and Liberty Trilogy": Marx, Hayek, and Utopia, Ayn Rand: The Russian
Radical, and Total
Freedom: Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism. He is also co-editor of Feminist Interpretations
of Ayn Rand, and a founding co-editor of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies.
He is a regular blogger for the Liberty and Power
Group Blog (L&P), and posts to other forums, including the Mises Economics Blog.
JULY 2004 - AUGUST 2004
30 August 2004
"Caught Up in The Rapture" has been republished at The Autonomist, which also features a discussion thread.
My L&P post from last night, "Brooks and the 'Progressive Conservative' Project," elicits a comment or two. Start here with Jonathan Dresner's thoughts. And check out additional posts in the sci-fi thread at L&P.
Finally, I reply (in two parts) to Roderick Long at Light of Reason on the problems with anarchism (scroll down).
29 August 2004
On the eve of the Republican National Convention, I comment at L&P on today's David Brooks essay, which appeared in the NY Times Magazine: "Brooks and the 'Progressive Conservative' Project."
The men's marathon closes out the Athens Olympics today, and I post a brief comment in reply to Mark Fulwiler at Arthur Silber's Light of Reason thread, "Coming Out of Another Closet."
28 August 2004
Poor Steven Horwitz is knocking himself out making great points at L&P on the topic of same-sex marriage, and the big discussion seems to be on sci-fi films. I reply (twice) to Steve on the topic of "Liberty, Power, and Geeks." (Check out follow-up on the L&P sci-fi chat here, here, here, here, and here.) And I also added another comment to Aeon's Sci-Fi thread at L&P.
I have a comment on Arthur Silber's post "Coming Out of Another Closet" (which cites my foreign policy work). I deal briefly with the issue of anarchism versus minarchism.
27 August 2004
My L&P "Postscript to Rapture" alerts interested readers to tonight's "Nightline" broadcast on Christian marketing (also mentioned at SOLO HQ).
I have a brief exchange with Aeon Skoble about a projected "War of the Worlds" remake in reply to his L&P post, "Let Him Through, He's a Scientist!"
On the eve of the GOP National Convention, protests begin in the Big Apple, but NYC isn't the only place committed to "Eternal Vigilance!" (L&P).
26 August 2004
The GOP nixes discount tickets to an off-Broadway play on the eve of its NYC convention; see my post, "Naked Boys Singing! NOT," at L&P.
Watching the Olympics last night was a bit more uplifting than watching the Yankees game; after two thrilling wins in Cleveland, the Yanks lost to the Indians, 4-3, while a squirrel ran around Jacobs Field from the 3rd inning on. I was particularly moved by a story about "The Olympic Idea," which I summarize at L&P.
I notice that my "Bush Wins!" SOLO HQ essay has made the rounds, having been re-published at The Autonomist and Free Republic, where standing for the separation of church and state seems to qualify one as an "anti-Christian bigot." Oy.
25 August 2004
Props to Derek Jeter, who, after suffering a bruised elbow from a Bob Wickman pitch on Monday night, came back last night to lead the Yanks to a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Derek had a 1st-inning home run (to score his 1000th career run), and manufactured the winning run in the 9th inning, scoring on a Hideki Matsui single, after stealing 2nd and 3rd base (bringing his season total to 20 steals). Go Yanks!
I'm still very busy working on deadlines for a few articles, but I had time to drop by SOLO HQ to say "Thank you for a beautiful essay" to James Kilbourne ("The Day My Grandmother Saved My Life").
24 August 2004
I posted a very brief comment on neoconservatism in an L&P thread started by Irfan Khawaja, in response to Arthur Silber's "What Motivates the Kerry Smear Merchants."
Bravo to Olympian Jeremy Wariner and to the 1-2-3 finish in the Men's 400M track & field competition!
23 August 2004
Bravo to Brooklyn-born Olympic runner Justin Gatlin and to Carly Paterson too!
I've been working on several projects, including a Free Radical review of Armando Cesari's book, Mario Lanza: An American Tragedy. I'm a bit behind in my mail, but noticed today that the June 2004 Logbook of The Objectivist Center includes various items about my recent and forthcoming publications. Check it out here.
21 August 2004
As follow-up to my brief mention of the passing of film score composer Elmer Bernstein, here's a note at L&P by Aeon Skoble, "Goodbye to a Great," with a link to a fine NY Timesretrospective.
20 August 2004
Arthur Silber has referenced one of my earlier foreign policy articles on the "New Fascism" in his pieces, "How Alleged Defenders of Capitalism Become the New Monument Builders" and "Trashing, and Burying, Ayn Rand." Whatever my ultimate affection for the World Trade Center, its origins as a state capitalist public works project are undeniable. Unfortunately, that is a large part of the reality in municipalities such as NYC, and, of course, it goes without saying that whatever its origins, nobody had the right to bring it down or to murder thousands of civilians. I will be featuring, on "Not a Blog," an interview with a dear friend of mine who witnessed the devastation of 9/11 up close; it will debut next month in commemoration of the third anniversary of the tragedy.
I sent a brief congratulatory note to SOLO HQ in reply to Joe Rowlands' "SOLO: Past, Present, and Future."
19 August 2004
In a thread inspired by "Cage Fright" (an Eric Rockwell essay at SOLO HQ), Sir George of Cordero tries to inspire a bout between Her Majesty (Barbara Branden) and Emperor Linz (Lindsay Perigo), calling me in to announce the fight. I respond (and there's follow-up too!).
Meanwhile: BRAVO PAUL HAMM!
And, on a sad note: Elmer Bernstein, R.I.P. ... one of the greatest film composers who ever lived, whose work from "The Ten Commandments" and "The Magnificent Seven" to "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Far From Heaven" continues to inspire.
18 August 2004
Somedays, I just get pissed off. Arthur Silber posts interesting passages from a recent John Judis piece, adapted from his book, The Folly of Empire. A "critic" comes along, using a mysterious handle, and proceeds to engage in subtle ad hominem, as if the mere mention of "Sciabarra" as a source invalidates Arthur's arguments. Well. Check out Arthur's "Back to the Last Century, and 'Civilizing' the World By Force," where I have several comments.
I got a little carried away with hyperlinks, but check out my L&P post for the day, "The Return to Olympia," which deals briefly with my own Greek-Sicilian background. (And see some follow-up chit-chat with Steve Horwitz, starting here.)
17 August 2004
Check out Steve Horwitz's L&P follow-up to my "Tempting Tidbits": "More Scholarship on Rush (the band)."
16 August 2004
Lindsay Perigo speaks "Of Belly-Laughs and Anal Retentives" at SOLO HQ. Linz knows me very well: "There’s Chris Sciabarra. The only thing that impedes Dr. Diabolical’s belly-laugh is the fact that he must stop talking in order to emit it—a prodigious feat that Diabolical nonetheless manages with alacrity."
A brief blog entry at L&P about Talk Radio responses to the McGreevey story: "Odd Couple: McGreevey & Limbaugh."
There has been a bit of discussion of my "Caught Up in The Rapture" essay on the Atlantis II Yahoo Group. I have collected excerpts from some of my responses in the Selected Internet Posts section under the heading, "Pietists, Liturgicals, and 'Red Pawn'."
15 August 2004
"Education and Nation-Building in Iraq" is my newest piece at L&P.
And I have follow-up SOLO HQ posts here, here, and here in good-natured exchanges with George Cordero. I think I make good use of a fine insight from Fareed Zakaria on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos": "History is made by angry minorities, not by passive majorities."
Oh, and finally: Happy Birthday to Cyrano from his girlfriend Blondie! It think it's Cyrano's Sweet Six ... and Blondie turned 15 back on July 6th!
14 August 2004
The Olympics got off to a rousing mythologically themed start last night, and the weekend is already shaping up into an exercise in discourse. Over at L&P, a few follow-up points about the McGreevey resignation.
And then, there's SOLO HQ. Where to start? Well, there's an additional exchange on the Rapture thread (see here, and my reply here) and additional thoughts by Lindsay Perigo and Irfan Khawaja.
But the real discussion follows George W. Cordero's essay, "An Open Letter to Chris Matthew Sciabarra," which takes issue with my Rapture essay. The discussion thread begins here, and my reply to Cordero is posted here and here.
Finally, one year ago today, the Great Blackout of 2004 struck my home, and the homes of millions of others in the Northeast. For a trip down memory lane, check out my 16 August 2003 post to Light of Reason: "Where Were You When the Lights When Out?"
13 August 2004
"Caught Up in The Rapture" is making its way around the blogosphere. It has been cited by Jesse Walker at Reason Online Hit & Run and Chip Gibbons at The Binary Circumstance. More to come...
A brief post at L&P, "In the News: From Gays to Greeks," offers links on everything from the resignation of Newly-Out New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey to the Summer Olympics in Greece.
Follow-up discussion: Aeon Skoble, whom I introduced as a regular blogger the other day at L&P, has a few follow-ups of his own, here, here, and here. And I have follow-up at SOLO HQ on the Rapture thread.
12 August 2004
I have a few reflections on the privatization of marriage at Arthur Silber's Light of Reason. Arthur mentions my "Caught Up in the Rapture" article (with apologies to Anita Baker), in his own post, "Reconsidering Gay Marriage--and the Great Danger of the 'Incorruptible' Theocrats" and in "Another Religious Crusade---And Five Million Forced Converts."
I have posted what amounts to another essay at SOLO HQ, in reply to comments made by Michael Newberry, Adam Reed, and Cameron Pritchard. My newest reply discusses the relationship between popular culture and social change, and the limited effectiveness of voting; it also explores briefly the implications of Rand's understanding of how ideas are filtered through a society, and how such ideas can affect social and political trends.
11 August 2004
I welcome my pal and colleague Aeon Skoble onto the list of regular contributors at L&P: "Aeon Skoble is Back!"
"Caught Up in The Rapture" is my newest essay in The Free Radical. Written in June, and published in the August-September 2004 issue of the magazine, the piece makes an early online debut given its topicality as the GOP convention nears. Ironically, Ayn Rand's legal heir, Leonard Peikoff, recently made some similar observations about the fundamentalist upsurge and its implications for the Presidential election. As cross-posted on both the Mises Economics Blog and the Liberty & Power Group Blog, I offer a prelude to my "Rapture" essay, which includes a brief discussion of Peikoff's insights. Follow the dialogue, as I answer the critics, at SOLO HQ (which begins on the heels of announcements here and here; Lindsay Perigo does apologize, however, here and here for shooting from the hip...). I have posts here and here. Also see the L&P discussion, starting here. A PDF of the article is available here.
8 August 2004
I post an L&P greeting to two long-time colleagues of mine: "Welcome Aboard Grinder & Hagel."
I see that Arthur Silber refers to one of my posts in his essay, "The 'Reagan Revolution' and Its Consequences: Taking Us Straight into Another Dark Ages."
7 August 2004
Funkster Rick James has passed on... despite a troubled life, he leaves behind a lot of classic, danceable R&B music.
A couple of brief follow-ups today: Regi Firehammer posted an abstract of my "Bush Wins!" essay. Mark Fulwiler adds a thought to the Theroux thread at L&P.
5 August 2004
"It's a New York Thing" is a brief L&P post on a hilarious Denis Hamill piece in the New York Daily News.
So, first baseman John Olerud made his debut with the Yanks last night, as did pitcher Esteban Loiaza, who gave up 5 runs in 6 innings. But Olerud went 2 for 5, driving in two runs, and the Yanks tied the game in the 9th inning on a Gary Sheffield two-run homer, with Derek Jeter aboard. The Team went on to win it in the 11th inning with another two-run homer, this A-Bomb by A-Rod. Welcome to Yankee baseball, John and Esteban! It was the 42nd time in 67 victories that the Yanks have come from behind to win.
Update on SOLO HQ discussions: Another post by me in answer to Regi Firehammer on the need for "parallel institutions." There is also additional dialogue in the Bush Wins! thread at SOLO HQ and Mises Economics Blog (where I posted a very brief follow-up).
In a major discussion at L&P, there are a number of follow-ups to the question I posed to David Theroux back on July 29th. See one post by Arnold Shcherban, and especially today's exchange among David Theroux, Irfan Khawaja, and me. (Khawaja also provides a few chuckles in our exchange to my post, "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood...") I have been a critic of those who have advocated the war in Iraq; I have even criticized the way in which the US waged war in Afghanistan. But I am equally critical of those anarchists who act as if a viable libertarian alternative to current US policy can be implemented, without fundamentally changing the system and the culture in which we currently live. See my reasons for navigating between the Scylla of being a "Saddamite" and the Charybdis of being a "Statist," here.
4 August 2004
The SOLO HQ thread on "Bush Wins!" is really heating up over issues as varied as electoral politics and torture. I, however, focus on the subject of the thread, and offer some additional thoughts here and here about the cultural forces that may very well give Bush four more years in the White House. (Also, check out the comments on the article posted to Mises Economics Blog.)
Though I have no thoughts to add to the discussion, the thread on "SOLO and Stolyarov" continues here, here, and here, with some references to points I made in yesterday's post, which seems to have been duplicated here as well. Go figure!
Lindsay Perigo, who has several nicknames for me, some of which are not printable here, refers to "Her Royal Whoreness Dr. Diabolical Dialectical" in today's "Miscellaneous Good News!" at SOLO HQ. By making this announcement, of course, I live up to Linz's statement that while I do mention SOLO all over the web, as a "typical academic!" I "tend to confine [my] whoring to those occasions where [my] own articles are involved. Damn!" Well, my long-time pal Lou Torres once said that I was a regular P. T. Barnum of self-promotion. Ah, the virtues of selfishness... and not-a-blog.
3 August 2004
SOLO HQ publishes my Free Radical column, written this past May, entitled "Bush Wins!" This particular incarnation of the article includes a little postscript, added in the days after the Democratic National Convention, giving an up-to-date a*ssessment of the President's chances. I still think Dubya is going to pull out an electoral victory. The cultural and political forces that bring him that victory are the subject of my newest Free Radical article, which will make its SOLO HQ debut in due course: "Caught Up in the Rapture." Be sure to check out the dialogue thereafter, which includes posts from Barbara Branden and others. (I also mention the essay at L&P and the Mises Economics Blog.) The article is also available as a PDF here.
Speaking of SOLO HQ, I defend the site for its willingness to sponsor open, nay, wide open discussion. Take a look at my post here, which is a comment on Lindsay Perigo's essay, "SOLO and Stolyarov."
Also at SOLO: Another exchange between Regi Firehammer and me on the nature of social change.
2 August 2004
A friend of mine observed recently that "Not a Blog" officially celebrated its two-year anniversary on 26 July 2004. In actuality, this page has been around for many years, under the title "The Sciabarra Update" and "What's New." And it wasn't actually re-named "Not a Blog" until 1 May 2003. But, yes, the weblog-style was adopted here on 26 July 2002—and I'm happy to mark this milestone, a little late, with the registered domain name: notablog.net. Yes! For those of you who find typing all those NYU-related letters rather irritating, just type notablog.net and you'll be brought here! Which reminds me... you can get to my "Dialectics and Liberty" website with a variety of domain names too, including: chrismatthewsciabarra.com, chrissciabarra.com, dialecticsandliberty.com, and dialecticallibertarianism.com. Just different vantage points on the same object.
I post some reflections on the newest terror alerts in New York City at L&P: "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood..." My friend Chip Gibbons notes the post in his blog entry, "Powers That Make Martial Law Look Like Anarchy." Speaking of which: I received a very nice gift today from Chip, who runs The Binary Circumstance. Check out his cool T-shirts here, and you can order them here.
Regi Firehammer responds to my challenges at SOLO HQ, and I respond to him here on the nature of social change. Meanwhile, Andre Zantonovitch adds another comment to this thread on "First, A Revolution from Within."
1 August 2004
As promised, I'm posting some of the dialogue I've had over the last couple of weeks on two Yahoo forums: Atlantis II, where I posted some "Reflections on Academic Discourse" (concerning the editorial policies of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies and my co-edited anthology, Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand); and SOLO Yahoo Forum, where I posted on "M.A.D., Foreign Policy, and the U.S. Election" as well as on "Iran and the War on Islamic Terrorism" (which assembles links to all of my L&P posts on the subject).
Yahoo has given birth to a new forum, Salon_Total_Freedom, which "derives its name from Chris Sciabarra's dialectical vision of libertarianism; a politics of liberty intertwined with a desire for social change." I was not involved with the founding or operation of this group, am not a moderator, and have no formal relationship with it. In fact, I was told about it after it was founded. Still, I popped in to say hi and to wish the participants well. That's the nature of unintended consequences... even in the arena of ideas.
Also, today, there's some more dialogue on the Ed Younkins thread at SOLO HQ; I reply to Regi Firehammer on the nature of Rand's vision for radical social change.
Finally, there is word that the Olerud deal has not yet been finalized by the New York Yankees... but the New York Daily News does publish that photo of A-Rod lifting his pal Jeter in the air. See it here or here.
31 July 2004
The discussion continues at SOLO HQ over Ed Younkins' essay. Take a look here and here, where I defend the idea that social problems actually exist. Other discussions continue as well: I have an exchange with Andre Zantonavitch on my 7/24 post, "First, A Revolution from Within," and I have an exchange with Jason Pappas on my other 7/29 post, "Weighing in on a Foreign Policy Debate, Again." In the next couple of days, I plan to post here a few comments made on two other discussion lists, the SOLO Yahoo Forum and the Atlantis II Yahoo forum.
In the meanwhile, the Yanks picked up pitcher Esteban Loaiza and first baseman John Olerud before the trading deadline; Jason Giambi is on the DL with treatment for a benign tumor. And for two victorious games in a row, third baseman Alex Rodriguez hugged shortstop Derek Jeter from behind, lifting his pal up in the air at the end of each game. Given the bench-clearing brawl that featured a fight between A-Rod and the Boston Red Sox' Jason Varitek last weekend, I'd say this is a refreshingly affectionate trend in the opposite direction. Of course, it helps if you're on the same team. Go Yanks!
30 July 2004
I post a brief comment on Ed Younkins' SOLO HQ essay, "Marketing A Free Society: Education, Persuasion, and Conversion."
In "Kerry Stays the Course," at L&P, I offer brief reflections on John Kerry's speech at last night's Democratic National Convention.
My discussion with David Theroux on "Afghan and Iraq Wars and U.S. Interventionism" continues at L&P.
29 July 2004
A fair-minded review of my monograph, Ayn Rand, Homosexuality, and Human Liberation, has just been published on The Atlasphere. Kurt Keefner's essay, "Sciabarra on Ayn Rand and Homosexuality," is summarized here as well. I don't have any "official" response to Kurt's review except to say that I agree with those post-Randians who believe that homosexuality per se is not a philosophical or moral issue, and I see no need to write a "positive defense" of it. My purpose in writing the monograph was partially to celebrate Rand's "uplifting portrait of the human potential for greatness," and her "exalted view of love as a response to values" as a "legacy that belongs to all rational men and women—of whatever sexual orientation." In any event, thanks for the review, Kurt!
At L&P, I post brief reflections on this week's Democratic National Convention ("Al Sharpton and Dem Dems"), as well as a distillation of my various foreign policy points ("Weighing in on a Foreign Policy Debate, Again"). The debate over foreign policy has included contributions from Roderick Long, who mentions my work here.
I also ask "A Question" in response to David Theroux, who argues against "Misguided Libertarian Support for the Afghan War."
27 July 2004
I'm immensely busy with the Fall 2004 issue of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, preparing it for publication. In the meanwhile, check out additional follow-up to Saturday's "Revolution from Within."
26 July 2004
I was just informed that Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, published by Indiana University Press, and described as the only academic periodical "for scholarly research at the intersection of philosophy and women's studies," "a leader in reclaiming the work of women philosophers," recently printed a long overdue review of Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand. Excerpts from that review have been reprinted here on the book's website.
I post a few L&P reflections on the Red Sox-Yankees series this past weekend at Fenway Park: "Of Sox and Socks." Comments on whether John Kerry is guilty of "throwing like a girl," when he threw out the first pitch on Sunday night, begin here.
Check out comments here and here, as follow-up to Saturday's "Revolution from Within" post at L&P. There are also a few more comments on the Japanese translation of The Fountainhead at SOLO HQ, including one that references my own words from a Chronicle of Higher Education interview concerning the "inexorable" impact of Rand on academic culture.
24 July 2004
"First, A Revolution from Within" is my L&P post for today. One can agree with the 9/11 Commission that we are facing an ideological conflict; it is therefore imperative to adopt the right ideology in combating oppression abroad... and at home.
23 July 2004
A brief discussion about the Japanese translation of The Fountainhead has begun at SOLO HQ; the chat includes comments by Kayo Fujimori, the translator, and follow-up from me.
Arthur Silber mentions me at LOR ("Thank You") for having recommended Sheila Fitzpatrick's fine book, Everyday Stalinism. And it is a fine book...
21 July 2004
I'm super busy proofreading the August-September 2004 issue of The Free Radical today, but had time for a very brief exchange with Jonathan Dresner at L&P about the new Japanese translation of The Fountainhead. Meanwhile, my forthcoming essay in Free Rad, entitled "Caught Up in the Rapture," deals with the alarming rise of religion as a cultural and political force in contemporary America. More to follow...
20 July 2004
I added a postscript at L&P on my continuing discussion of academic fragmentation: "Three Cheers for the Generalists!"
It's the 35th anniversary of the first moon walk, and I do have an announcement today that is certainly global in its implications. It's nowhere near as dramatic as Neil Armstrong's "great leap for mankind," but it should be of interest to fans of Ayn Rand's fiction. In a "Not a Blog" exclusive, read all about it: "The First Landing of Ayn Rand in Japan!" (I also mention this at L&P and SOLO HQ.)
In other news, I see that Jim Henley has mentioned my piece on "Comics and Conservative Critics" in his blog entry, "Spider-Blogging: On the Right Hand." I wish I knew the answers to Jim's questions!
Friend and colleague Stephen R. C. Hicks has published his book, Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, for which I provided a blurb. Here's what I had to say about it:
Stephen Hicks has written an insightful and biting commentary on the nature of postmodernism and its revolt against the Enlightenment. He situates the movement in a larger historical context and analyzes its cultural and political implications. Even when one disagrees with Hicks's interpretations, his work will challenge and provoke. This is must-reading for anyone interested in philosophy-by-essentials.
19 July 2004
As a follow-up to some discussion links offered here and here on the Janet Jackson-Super Bowl controversy, check out Arthur Silber's post, "The Bland Leading the Bland, Or: Saved by 'The Simpsons'," which refers to some of my earlier thoughts on the subject.
Meanwhile, Arthur offers a discussion of "James Bond's Real Life Crime," a comment on the failure of US intelligence. I offer some additional thoughts about "Democrats, Republicans, and The Failure of U.S. Intelligence" (cross-referenced at L&P) in response to a compendium of quotes from Democrats that has been circulating around the Internet.
17 July 2004
I posted a comment about a very unpleasant memory from my youth, in reply to Alec Mouhibian's SOLO HQ essay, "The Euphemism of Anti-Semitism."
My friend David M. Brown posted some comments on 7/10/04 (scroll down at the LFB blog), dealing with "Dinesh D'Souza on prosperity, America," wherein he mentions a recent discussion of D'Souza's Virtue of Prosperity that appeared in the Spring 2004 issue of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies. Check it out. I'm currently preparing the Fall 2004 issue of JARS, which is going to be the first of two special issues devoted to the Ayn Rand Centenary (officially celebrated on 2 February 2005). The Fall issue focuses on "Ayn Rand: Cultural and Literary Impact," while our Spring 2005 issue focuses on "Ayn Rand Among the Austrians." The forthcoming Fall edition has terrific essays by a wide variety of fine contributors, including authors Erika Holzer and Alexandra York, literary theorists Stephen Cox & Kirsti Minsaas, journalist and literary critic Jeff Riggenbach, and historian Bernice Rosenthal, among others.
16 July 2004
I send a warm welcome out to my friend and colleague: "Peter Boettke Joins L&P."
14 July 2004
Take a look at follow-up discussion on my "Simple Question" post at L&P.
13 July 2004
I posted a brief follow-up to SOLO HQ on Lindsay Perigo's TOC appearance. Additional comments have been posted from others on the Mises Economics Blog and at L&P (where Jonathan Dresner posts on my "simple question").
12 July 2004
I commented on Lindsay Perigo's SOLO HQ essay, "TOC, SOLO ... and KASS." At L&P, I've written a brief postscript to last week's musings on comics, "Comics Lit," as well as brief post asking "A Simple Question" about the debate over the war in Iraq: "If You Knew Then, What You Know Now..."
10 July 2004
Nothing new from me today, but some comments on yesterday's entries have been posted. Steven Kane and Harry David comment on my Mises Economics Blog post. And a small discussion has begun at SOLO HQ on the rock band Rush, sparked by my brief entry in the new Objectipedia.
In the meanwhile... GO KEN JENNINGS... who now has over $900,000 in Jeopardy winnings. I've been watching this Mighty Mormon religiously every night. He's quite remarkable...
9 July 2004
Ilana Mercer, over at World Net Daily, reviews my monograph Ayn Rand, Homosexuality, and Human Liberation. Thanks, Ilana, for a fair-minded review and for focusing attention on an important subject. (A summary of the review appears here; but why read a summary when you can read the original?)
I notice that Ari Armstrong has cited yesterday's L&P post, "Comics and Conservative Critics," in his review of Spider-Man 2. Thanks, Ari! And thanks to Matthew Humphreys for adding his voice to the L&P discussion (Matthew references a comic book discussion at SOLO HQ).
I posted a brief entry at the Mises Economics Blog highlighting an article at Common-Place: "The Campaign Against Counterfeits."
Joe Rowlands announced today the creation of SOLO-HQ's "Objectipedia," which will "document sightings of Objectivism in the culture." I've posted the first few entries: Ditko, Steve; Miller, Frank; Rush; and The Simpsons.
8 July 2004
Holy Conservative Claptrap, Batman! Pow! Splat!! Crunch!!! I come out swinging at John Podhoretz's National Review Online tirade against comics in my L&P post, "Comics and Conservative Critics." See follow-up comments at L&P here and here.
I added a comment in reply to Irfan Khawaja, part of an L&P thread inspired by Gene Healy's "Antiwar Libertarianism, Cont."
7 July 2004
I made a brief comment on The Red Shoes, the 1948 film with Moira Shearer, in response to a SOLO HQ mini-review by Marnee Dearman.
The L&P foreign policy discussion continues; check out Roderick Long's essay, "The Logic of Jihad," which references my essay, "Understanding the Global Crisis: Reclaiming Rand's Radical Legacy."
6 July 2004
Today is my dog Blondie's 15th birthday. She'll have new summer pics in her Photo Gallery soon; for now, take a look here for a trip down memory lane.
I continue posting on the "Great Foreign Policy Debate," a discussion that includes contributions from Aeon Skoble, Irfan Khawaja, Roderick Long, and David Beito at Liberty & Power (keep scrolling down...)
For those who have expressed interest in the Fall 2004 "Dialectics and Liberty Cyberseminar": It has been postponed due to significant research obligations. Watch this space for future updates. (A note was sent to SOLO HQ about this, along with an update from Lindsay Perigo on his TOC 2004 Summer Seminar appearance.)
5 July 2004
I pride myself on being a big promoter of ... my own activities, every opportunity I get. Today, however, I see that Liberty & Power has been added to the SOLO HQ Web Directory (under "Libertarian") ... and I didn't even do it! Thanks Matthew Humphreys!
At L&P, I added a follow-up comment (directed to my fellow blogmate Pat Lynch) to my post on the July 1st Red Sox-Yankees game, "That October Feeling ... in July." This follow-up deals with this past weekend's bruising baseball for our respective favorite teams: "Wha Happened?"
4 July 2004
Roderick T. Long tells me that "Not a Blog" could indeed be read as "Nota Blog" as I say here, but that it could also be "NOTA Blog," as in the ol' slogan "None of the Above," which the Libertarian Party has wanted to put on every ballot. I'm glad to see that my fellow dialectician continues to look at things from different points of view ...
In the meanwhile, a Happy Independence Day to all! And... we'll get 'em next time, Andy Roddick!
3 July 2004
The Don is Gone! At least we have many miles of celluloid to view, by which to remember Marlon Brando.
Today, my chat continues with Irfan Khawaja and Aeon Skoble continues at L&P (just keep scrolling down...).
2 July 2004
My brief reflections on last night's thrilling game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are posted at L&P: "That October Feeling ... in July." Also, check out my little chat with Pat Lynch on those other Sox (White, Chicago).
Update: The discussion with Irfan Khawaja on the Iraq war continues at L&P. See my follow-up comments here and here.
1 July 2004
"Not a Blog" might very well be read as "Nota Blog" in a way that recalls the Latin phrase "Nota Bene." It is my hope that the entries linked here will be the kinds of things of which one might take particular notice. And so, from now on, I plan to use this space consistently in the first-person to link directly to various posts, messages, and articles that I've authored. If you'd like to see the links to previous "Not a Blog" entries, take a look at the 2001-2003 archives, and the more recent January 2004 - June 2004 archives.
Today, I have written two posts for the Liberty & Power Group Blog (L&P is now more easily accessible at either libertyandpower.org or libertyandpower.com; mentioned by Randy Barnett here.) The first post deals with the complex relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, entitled: "US-Saudi Chickens Coming Home to Roost." The second is a postscript to my L&P blog entry, "Academic Curricula: At War with Radical Thinking." This postscript, "The War Against Radical Thinking, Revisited," cites superb passages from the work of Georges Charpak and Henri Broch on the role of reason in keeping the citizenry vigilant.
Update: I added a comment to a discussion that includes posts from Irfan Khawaja and Aeon Skoble, in response to David Beito's thread, Volokh/Liberty and Power: The Great Foreign Policy Debate.
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