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They’ll be back

April 24th, 2018 · No Comments

“The campaigns of the Mongol armies were the last and the most destructive in the long lines of nomad invasions from the steppes. In just over fifty years they conquered half the known world and it was only their adherence to tribal traditions and the rivalry of their princes that denied them the rest of […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War

Same as a modern political party

April 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

“Unlike the masters of other great empires, the Mongols contributed little to the civilizations that came after them. They adopted the cultures of their subjects and when their empire disintegrated the world forgot them, but they had altered the course of history and they had left it scarred. Russia was torn away from Europe, and […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

The necessary qualities

April 21st, 2018 · No Comments

“There is no man alive who is braver than Yessutai, no march can tire him and he feels neither hunger nor thirst; that is why he is unfit to command.” – Chingis Khan (quoted by James Chambers in The Devil’s Horsemen

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Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War

The good artist borrows, the best artist steals

April 20th, 2018 · No Comments

“No one owns anyone’s culture, and that to believe otherwise is to deprive us of the human fullness and richness we all deserve. To reconcile this insight with an equally compelling American truth—that racial injustice is our inheritance and our responsibility—is the challenge for every artist and critic, black or white.” – George Packer, “Race, […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

That’s the way, uh-huh, uh-huh

April 15th, 2018 · No Comments

“Pleasure is considered to be deeply ingrained in the human race, and that is why in educating the young we use pleasure and pain as rudders with which to steer them straight. Moreover, to like and to dislike what one should is thought to be of greatest importance in developing excellence of character. For in […]

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Tags: Aristotle · Politics & Law · The Ancients

Hence the scales

April 12th, 2018 · No Comments

“Justice is a sort of mean, not in the same way as the other virtues are, but in that it is realized in a median amount, while injustice belongs to the extremes.” – Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book 5, Ch. 5

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Tags: Aristotle · Politics & Law · The Ancients

Tastes good with pineapple

April 6th, 2018 · No Comments

“If you put lipstick on a pig, it is still a pig.” – Jeffrey J. Kroll, “Cross Is More Fun, but Direct Is What Wins”

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The crux of the matter

March 29th, 2018 · No Comments

“Race was—is—the fundamental American issue, underlying not only all matters of public policy (economic inequality, criminal justice, housing, education) but the very psyche of the nation.” – Nathaniel Rich, “James Baldwin & the Fear of a Nation”

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Tags: Economics · James Baldwin · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

It’s called racism

March 27th, 2018 · No Comments

“Police killings of unarmed black children, indifference to providing clean drinking water to a majority-black city, or efforts to curtail the voting rights of minority citizens are not freak incidents but outbreaks of a chronic national disease.” – Nathaniel Rich, “James Baldwin & the Fear of a Nation”

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Tags: Economics · James Baldwin · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Sojourning in the wilderness

March 25th, 2018 · No Comments

“Refugee camps provide food and shelter, but they do not provide political voice and agency for their populations. Global institutions do not have the power to include stateless people in political membership. This is the danger of cosmopolitan institutions—that everyone becomes a mere human body to be managed in a camp.” – Thomas Nail, “Migrant […]

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We get what we want

March 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

“If we value democracy, if we want to live in a world marked by a vibrant public sphere that can generate the possibilities of hope and human betterment, then we need futures. Without futures, and without serious propositional clashes between different materialized futures, we have no politics, and we have no democracy. We merely have […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

The luck of the draw

March 21st, 2018 · No Comments

“No identifiable form of intelligence, talent, genius, or even experience seems necessary for ruling a country. Would-be rulers do not have to pass qualifying examinations in leadership or demonstrate competence in administration or show skill in diplomacy. They do not need to have good communication skills or even be popular with their subjects. While many […]

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Good luck, buddy

March 20th, 2018 · No Comments

“Now the commencement speakers will typically also wish you good luck and extend good wishes to you. I will not do that, and I’ll tell you why. From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

First hit’s free

March 18th, 2018 · No Comments

“Seduction is the new opium of the masses. It is liberty for a world without liberty, joy for a world without joy.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl (trans. Reines)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

There’s no switch

March 17th, 2018 · No Comments

“Ethical people are ethical at the core. That identifies who they are. Ethics cannot be engaged and disengaged at will.” – William C. Stewart, Jr., Subrogation Recovery: Principles and Practices

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Pick a recent example

February 27th, 2018 · No Comments

“What are the three things whose ugliness cannot be set aside? Stupidity, a mean nature, and lying.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Arabian Nights

As for the others . . .

February 26th, 2018 · No Comments

“A king cannot be called a king unless he is bountiful and just, a good and generous ruler, who treats his subjects well, maintaining the laws and customs with which they are familiar. He should establish justice among them, avoiding bloodshed and protecting them from harm. He should be marked out by his constant attention […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Arabian Nights

No alternative

February 25th, 2018 · No Comments

“While facts can be verified or refuted—and we should do so expeditiously and relentlessly—we must also recognize the possibility that more complex truths are often in the eyes of the beholder. This fact of human cognition doesn’t necessarily imply that relativism is correct or desirable; not all truths are equally valid. But because the particular […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Hot off the presses

February 19th, 2018 · No Comments

“Implying that actual news is synonymous with truth is bound to be erroneous: In reality, journalism is the first, not final, draft of history—provisional, revisable, susceptible to mistakes and at times falsehoods, despite the efforts of even the most scrupulous reporters.” – Sam Tanenhaus, “Who Stopped McCarthy?”

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A remarkable coinkydink

February 17th, 2018 · No Comments

“You know ‘journalist’ and ‘justice’ both begin with the same letter?” – Mister Caution, Alphaville

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The default setting

February 16th, 2018 · No Comments

“When people do not understand something, they tend to take a negative view of it and assume the worst.” – Justice Michael B. Hyman, Wing v. Chicago Transit Authority, 2016 IL App (1st) 153517 (Dec. 29, 2016)

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Among other ways

February 15th, 2018 · No Comments

“A court abuses its discretion when it fails to exercise any discretion.” – Justice Mark Cady, State v. Hager (Iowa 2001)

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Priorities and interpretations

February 14th, 2018 · No Comments

“When the plain language of two statutes is conflicting, courts will attempt to construe them together if such a construction is reasonable. With that said, legislative intent remains paramount. To that end, the more specific statute controls over the general statute, and the more recently enacted statute prevails over the older statute.” – Justice Terrence […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Making every vote count

February 13th, 2018 · No Comments

“During a local election in Belgium in 2003, a single scrambled bit of information, almost certainly caused by an errant [subatomic solar wind or cosmic ray] particle, added 4,096 votes to one candidate’s tally. Since this gave an impossibly high total, the mistake was easily spotted. But had the particle hit a different part of […]

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The foundations of universal suffrage

February 9th, 2018 · No Comments

“Toil and hardship together with a lack of means teach a man bad manners and stupidity.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Arabian Nights

Seized days

February 5th, 2018 · No Comments

“This is the age of the ugly and puffed-up, who are characterized by stupidity and cruelty, full of hatred and hostility.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Arabian Nights

Keeping the citizens united

February 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

“If a rich man says something wrong, the people say: ‘You may be right, and what you say is not impossible,’ But if a poor man speaks the truth, they say: ‘You are a liar; what you say is wrong.’ Money invests a man with dignity and beauty in all lands. Money is the tongue […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Arabian Nights

Not to mention a profit center

January 31st, 2018 · No Comments

“It is a wise man who built the first prison, as this is a tomb for the living and brings pleasure to their enemies.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Arabian Nights

That side is the toll gate

January 27th, 2018 · No Comments

“It is easy to be cynical about government—and rarely does such cynicism go unrewarded. Take, for instance, policy towards women. Some politicians declare that they value women’s unique role, which can be shorthand for keeping married women at home looking after the kids. Others create whole ministries devoted to policies for women, which can be […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Then there’s what you do with it

January 22nd, 2018 · No Comments

“A victory for the wrong reason is still a victory.” – Practitioner’s Handbook for Appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2014 ed.

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution