Monthly Archives: August 2009

how I semi-accidentally became vegetarian

Animal welfare issues are really important to me, but somehow they have failed to make an appearance here so far. Allow me to rectify the situation. This is part 1 of a few posts on my adventures in plant-based eating. Flash back to fall 2007. It was my first semester in graduate school. I was […]

Cargo, your lip gloss insults my intelligence

If you are not familiar with Sarah Haskins and her video series, “Target Women,” you should be! She does a great job of hilariously exposing the absurdities of advertising that, well, targets women. In the Sarah Haskins spirit, I have to share with you my unhappiness with this product, Cargo Classic Lip Gloss. Ordinarily, I […]

state control of abortion: funding, or failing to provide?

I am genuinely confused by this recent Feministe post, Michele Bachmann: radical pro-choice feminist? The author offers two pieces of information that she seems to believe are contradictory. 1. A quote by Michele Bachmann: “That’s why people need to continue to go to the town halls, continue to melt the phone lines of their liberal […]

kant on queueing, or why I am not a kantian

In response to my post on how not to think about cutting in line, Jacob Levy makes these important points: I’m puzzled. This seems like the easiest of cases for a Kantian. I cannot will as a universal maxim that the cutter be allowed into line, because that would destroy the coherence of lining up. […]

my least favorite facebook group: "cancel student loan debt to stimulate the economy"

I found out about this little movement through its Facebook group, “Cancel Student Loan Debt to Stimulate the Economy.” Basically, a guy named Robert Applebaum hatched an attractive-to-some but crazy plan to have the government bail out those carrying college debt by paying off their loans. This would, allegedly, cause all those formerly oppressed by […]

feminism, abortion and universal health care

So, I’ve been warming up on this blog for a while now, so I figure it’s time to start linking to other blogs that I read. Today’s subject is a post over at Feministe, “one of the oldest feminist blogs designed by and run by women from the ground up.” Just as background, let me […]

how to think about cutting in line: a follow-up

Here is the second half to my previous post on this topic, as promised. CAUTION: Ideas in progress! Constructive criticism welcome. It seems to me that there is a (rough) distinction between two kinds of lines: those that are instituted for practical purposes, and those that confer moral status upon the persons at the front. […]

FYI, Nancy Gibbs, society doesn't own me

I subscribe to Time magazine because two years ago they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. However, at this point, I don’t think I would renew even if they paid me to do so. Their recession coverage has been laughable, and the opinion pieces seem ever more ridiculous. One of the latest in a […]

how not to think about cutting in line: a crash course in normative ethics

While I was at the IHS seminar last week, someone mentioned in passing the issue of whether or not it is morally permissible to allow people to go ahead of you in a line. What precipitated this question was the fact that we were using the same dining hall as a number of groups of […]

IHS for the win

I’ve been gone because I was here, courtesy of the IHS.  It was an amazing time; I haven’t had as much summer learning fun since Space Camp over ten years ago. The people were almost without exception both intelligent and pleasant, which is more remarkable than you might think. I am not sure whether to […]