Category Archives: Psychology

Chuck Klosterman’s 23 Questions – Part IV

Chuck Klosterman is the author of numerous books and essays on pop culture. In his bestselling Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; A Low Culture Manifesto, he had an interlude piece titled “23 Questions I Ask Everybody I Meet In Order To … Continue reading

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People Aren’t All Bad – Cheating Case Study

In the video we featured Friday, Harvard’s Jeffery Miron says that libertarians generally distrust government attempts to force people to be better. There are lots of reasons for that, for instance institutional problems of regulatory capture, classic rent-seeking, and many, many … Continue reading

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Cool Video: Language As A Window Into Human Nature

Steven Pinker gets the RSA Animate treatment, and Harry Met Sally gets a reference.

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J.D. Salinger Meets Comcast

Most people are forced to read Catcher in the Rye during awkward adolescent periods of rebellion. People either love it or hate it. Either you think Holden, with his existential angst, is a whiny bitch, or you understand the kind of dark … Continue reading

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Don’t Ask, DO Tell

I’ve written before about my buddy Alex. He’s a war hero, a freedom fighter, and a Marine. He wrote me with some of his thoughts on the recent Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal, and asked to share them with you. … Continue reading

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Prisons should be abolished

Radical Claim 1: Retribution is not a legitimate justification for punishment. From a utilitarian perspective, retribution is, by definition, needlessly adding pain and suffering. There are legitimate justifications for punishment, such as maintaining a Benthamite “economy of threats,” which has … Continue reading

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Certainly the Problem is Uncertainty

What do we know? What don’t we know? And what don’t we know we don’t know? In any venture, those are serious considerations, even if they are phrased in silly ways. There’s a common conceit, not just in Washington, but … Continue reading

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Run And Tell Links, Homeboy

Because we can’t wax poetic/libertarian about EVERYTHING on the internet. I Studied Abroad In Africa! – White people acting like they care never gets old. Robopanda makes a tea bag joke and references Maslow. Also, GRAVITY GUN IN GTA. Investor’s … Continue reading

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Toward a libertarian maturity

Lately I’ve been thinking about the libertarian movement’s diversity.  If it’s even meaningful to discuss a libertarian “movement,” because it’s such a huge tent, I can demarcate different strains of thought, and address some of the shortcomings and strengths of … Continue reading

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Principles of the Commentariat

What’s the motivating principle behind liberalism? Or conservatism? Libertarians can boil it down to ‘liberty’, and explain adherence to that principle in academic, empirical, philosophical, and practical terms. But as much as I talk about the problems with libs and … Continue reading

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