Archive for October 4th, 2010

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Meatballs are Ideas

October 4, 2010

Or so says the Wonkette…

Much speculation and fapping has surrounded Delaware masturbation witch Christine O’Donnell. A lot of people say she is just a maniac, which is probably true, but also Christine O’Donnell is a scholar and enjoys intellectual pursuits and lifelong learning, according to some random grad student who taught Christine’s Postmodernism class at fake Oxford. But yes, a fellow named Griffin says Christine is “interested in ideas.” For example, we know Christine O’Donnell is interested in meatballs, and one could easily argue meatballs are “an idea” or at least “a convenient way to eat your anus burger, in ball-form.”

Read more at Wonkette: Summer School Teacher Says O’Donnell ‘Interested In Ideas’

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The Force of Reason

October 4, 2010

JM Bernstein nicely dismantles the current financial crisis and the TARP by using Hegel, of all people. He says, quoting Hegel, “regulation is the force of reason needed to undo the concoctions of fantasy.”

…it is not motives but actions that matter, and how those actions hang together to make a practical world.  What makes the propounding of virtue illusory — just so much rhetoric — is that there is no world, no interlocking set of practices into which its actions could fit and have traction: propounding peace and love without practical or institutional engagement is delusion, not virtue.  Conversely, what makes self-interested individuality effective is not its self-interested motives, but that there is an elaborate system of practices that supports, empowers, and gives enduring significance to the banker’s actions.  Actions only succeed as parts of practices that can reproduce themselves over time.  To will an action is to will a practical world in which actions of that kind can be satisfied — no corresponding world, no satisfaction.  Hence the banker must have a world-interest as the counterpart to his self-interest or his actions would become as illusory as those of the knight of virtue.  What bankers do, Hegel is urging, is satisfy a function within a complex system that gives their actions functional significance.

I really like the way he puts this. It could’ve badly derailed. Fortunately, I don’t think it did. At least, I find it clear enough. Wonder what non-readers of Hegel think.

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What I’m Reading Today

October 4, 2010

I am too friggin’ busy right now to write anything substantive. Here are some good links to good articles and blogs:

  1. Libertarian Fire Department Let’s Free Rider’s House Burn
  2. Revkin responds to the crazy 10:10 ad, as does Roger, Tom, Romm, McKibben, and several dozen other climate bloggers.
  3. Christie O’Donnell is a nutjob
  4. Does re-routing the Arkansas river to be safer increase the liability of those who do the rerouting?