Monthly Archives: December 2010

Are Human Rights Universal?

I’ve written about Fukuyama’s The End of History and the Last Man before, but to be explicit about it, I accept the general strain of political philosophy which says that people seek universal individual recognition and dignity and prefer to … Continue reading

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The Tax Compromise and the Partisan Mind

I really try not to assume bad faith in domestic partisan squabbles, but this incipient fight over the grand Obama tax compromise is making me wonder. There now seems to be open revolt from the left and the right against … Continue reading

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The DREAM Act

At his excellent and steroidally substantive National Review blog, Reihan Salam has been making an interesting and challenging case against the DREAM Act. Reihan’s argument is basically that due to political constraints, the right to live and work in the … Continue reading

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The Kurdish Problem: Still Problematic

I haven’t written about the Kurds in a while, which is probably what you all have been thinking to yourselves lately as well. Last we visited the topic over the summer, Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani had just returned from a … Continue reading

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Federal Pie is Delicious

There’s an interesting piece in Slate by Shankar Vedantam on the well-known paradox that conservative states, whose politicians and residents decry the scourge of federal spending, are far larger recipients of federal dollars than liberal states. Indeed, the federal system … Continue reading

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WikiLeaks and the Banality of Government Secrecy

I think most of the media coverage of the Wikileaks cables has wrongly focused on the mostly unremarkable and banal personal musings of American diplomats. Yes, surprise, the charade of world diplomacy often requires a veil between public talking points … Continue reading

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