I wonder who else caught the fact that when Amy in Amys Choice asks the Doctor (something like) If you cant save everyone, then what is the point of you? this is a direct echo of the Eccleston episode Dalek when the Doctor asks the captured Dalek, If you cant kill, then what are you good for, what is the point of you?
Archive | June, 2010
Two very good things have happened:
David Friedmans The Machinery of Freedom, one of the most influential free-market anarchist works of the last 100 years, is now available online (in PDF format).
Kevin Carsons latest book, The Homebrew Industrial Revolution, is now in print.
For some reason I cant post comments on Gene Callahans blog, so Ill put the comment here. In response to the post where Gene says:
Obligation is the crucial idea denied by libertarian political theory. We can have obligations that we did not agree to take upon ourselves.
I can think of hardly any libertarian political thinkers who say that we have no unchosen obligations. (Rand says it, but that has more to do with her metaethics than her political commitments.) Most libertarians would say that we have a) some enforceable obligations we didnt choose (like the obligations not to kill, steal, assault, etc.), plus b) plenty of moral obligations that arent enforceable.
Of course its true that libertarianism denies the existence of various enforceable obligations that other theories assert; but libertarianism also asserts the existence of enforceable obligations that other theories deny.
It was only a few weeks ago that I first began watching the 2010 season of Doctor Who; its hard to believe its already nearing its conclusion. (Why do they have only 13 episodes per season, instead of 22 like a proper season?) During that time Ive become quite a fan of Matt Smiths interpretation of the character.
The Pandorica Opens the first half of the two-part season finale doesnt play on BBC America for a few weeks yet, but it aired in Britain today and so I just watched it online. Nope, no spoilers here just thought Id say a) a hell of a lot happens in it, and b) it ends on one hell of a cliffhanger. Getting out of this is going to be a tricky one ….
[BP CEO Tony] Hayward took a break from overseeing the energy giants efforts to contain the undersea leak so he could watch his 52-foot yacht Bob participate in the J. P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.
If you put that description in fiction people would say: the J. P. Morgan reference is too much; your satire is too heavy-handed.
Ive heard most of Tom Lehrers songs multiple times, but until now Id never seen footage of him performing them. Somehow his performance comes across as edgier and less merely whimsical when you can see it as well as hear it; his anger and contempt toward the cold-war political establishment are even more obvious.