Monthly Archives: October 2009

madeleine albright thinks I'm going to hell

The other day, I saw a Madeleine Albright quote in my Twitter timeline. I don’t know if this Time magazine interview is the original source, but this is the quote (bold): What advice do you have for women who want respect from their male colleagues? Dana Philbin, CHICAGO Women have to be active listeners and […]

is cultural libertarianism entailed by political libertarianism?

A couple of months ago, I had a debate with a libertarian friend over whether cultural libertarianism is correct/good/necessary/whatever. At the time, I was sure that I was what you would call a “cultural libertarian feminist,” as specified in the Liberal Feminism entry on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (a reputable source). Recently, Kerry Howley […]

competition is as american as apple pie, except in education

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvaJYYeXf70] Recently, I saw the above video on Facebook. Basically, it illustrates the argument that a public option in health care would compete against private insurers to the benefit of those covered under both kinds of plans. This argument seems like it is supposed to appeal to the market-minded among us, who are into competition […]

what really is the rift that divides atheists?

Just the other day, NPR published an article that got quite a bit of attention on Facebook: A Bitter Rift Divides Atheists. Basically, it talks about the difference between “new atheism” of people like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens – “a more aggressive, often belittling posture toward religious believers,” and more tolerant forms of atheism. […]

why being vegan can be bad for you

I had written some notes on this topic a while back, but I lost them, so here goes nothing. You might have guessed from the topic of this post that I was going to write about why the vegan diet is not nutritionally adequate. That actually isn’t the main reason why I think being vegan […]

back in business

I have taken a lengthy but unintentional hiatus from blogging, which I intend to put to an end shortly. This is my first post from the bus, using my iPhone 3G and the WordPress iPhone app. Hopefully now I will be able to use some of my bus time to think and blog about things […]