Archive for December, 2014

The conservative obsession with “narrative”

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

In response to the execution-style murder of two New York City police officers by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, many conservatives blamed the media "narrative" for inspiring the murders. Brinsley supposedly said his targeting of NYPD cops was motivated by the unjustified killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in ...

Will Wilkinson on Uber

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

I liked this piece by Will Wilkinson at the Daily Dish on the taxi company Uber, the ignorant reactions to its "surge" pricing, and the calls for it to be dissolved into a worker collective: There’s something about Uber, the popular ride-sharing service, that brings out the nutty in people. During ...

Great for George Clooney

Friday, December 19th, 2014

It's easy for me to say from my computer chair, but the response of Sony and the rest of Hollywood to the terrorist hack and to the demand that Sony cancel the release of The Interview was weak and cowardly. Giving in to thuggish, censorious demands, even when backed by ...

Dogmatic mysticism in the intolerant left

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Somewhere around the interwebs, I once read an analogy to the radical-left social justice movement that went something like this: Imagine you have a child of, say, pre-school or elementary-school age. He is playing in your living room as usual, doing nothing out of the ordinary, until he steps across ...