Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for July, 2004

Christian Libertarianism

Jon Rowe has a post about the WorldNutDaily called Antistatism Makes for Strange Bedfellows. He says: I think the strangest case of antistatist politics—in fact, libertarian politics—making for strange bedfellows is how the Christian Reconstructionists have managed to infiltrate libertarian circles, indeed calling themselves “Christian libertarians.” Like real libertarians, they too want to eliminate today’s…

Is There a Translator in the House?

Anyone know what language this is? Maybe Finnish? Is there a Finnish language? He seems to be quite enthusiastic about my blog, having linked to about a dozen articles. But anyone have any idea what it says?

I’m curious to see how some of the folks whose views I respect are reacting to the Democratic National Convention, so I’m doing a little roundup of some that I’ve read from other bloggers. First, Brian Leiter: Let us put aside the chauvinistic masturbation that travels under the heading “patriotism”; the cheesey “feel-good” pop psychology…

A New Blog

I was reading Timothy Sandefur’s blog and saw a thank you to another blog, No Blog Here, that has begun linking to him. Followed the link and found out that this same person is linking to me as well, along with Jon Rowe, Will Wilkinson and Crooked Timber. And he’s from Michigan, even if he…

Free Speech Zones

Brian Leiter says that if us libertarian-minded bloggers aren’t blogging about the ridiculous “free speech zones” at the Democratic National Convention, we ought to resign from the human race. That’s a little strong, I’d say, but I certainly agree with him on the absurdity of what is going on. You can see pictures of the…

The Appeal of Poker

In a thread below, Tim asks this question: I wonder if you could explain the allure of gambling, in general. I have no religious, moral qualms against it, but I just don’t understand the attraction (or is it a psychological compulsion?). I guess I can see that poker has some aspects of skill involved, blunting…

The Patriot Act, the most misnamed legislation in history, was used last year to levy a $10 million fine on Paypal, owned by Ebay, for allowing their clients to use the service to send funds to online gambling sites. What does this have to do with stopping terrorism? Not a goddamn thing. But it’s yet…

Thinking About Strauss

My many thanks to Jon Rowe and Timothy Sandefur for taking the time to answer my inquiry about Leo Strauss. After seeing multiple references to Leo Strauss, the late and famous political philosopher from UChicago, I became interested in his work and those he influenced. I knew that both of them had some background with…

A Response to Bob Gardinier

A few days ago, I wrote a strongly worded but entirely accurate critique of an absolutely abysmal article by Robert Meyer. I pointed out that every single claim he made about Gould’s views on evolution was not only false, but exactly the opposite of what Gould actually believed. That led to an email exchange with…

Rusty Lopez has written a more thorough response to my post on morality. I specifically brought up Numbers 31, and Rusty has taken up the cause to defend the biblical passage and the genocidal command allegedly given by God. Here is his defense: There are several avenues of response available to the questions posed by…