Boston Anarchist Thinking Brigade, Part 2

My paper for the upcoming Molinari Symposium is now online.

In related news, Gary Chartier has decided to boycott air travel in order to protest the irradiate-or-grope screening process; I’ll be reading out his responses (along with Kevin Carson’s commentary) in absentia sua. Doug Den Uyl will also not be attending (though he’s not boycotting anything as far as I know); Doug Rasmussen will read out their joint commentary.

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16 Responses to Boston Anarchist Thinking Brigade, Part 2

  1. Kevin Carson December 20, 2010 at 2:28 am #

    The stuff on ideological filters that reinforce double standards is especially good. The Murdock column at NRO that Balko links to is probably relevant. Murdock writes — presumably with a straight face — that executing Manning would shut up the people who flap their gums in ways that empower murderers. He writes this immediately after advocating the murder of someone who undermined the state’s ability to commit mass murder. Murdock himself is empowering one of the most prolific murderers in history.

  2. MBH December 21, 2010 at 2:13 am #

    Happy Syzygy!

  3. MBH December 21, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    Just kidding on the above: try here. Brandon, is there any way you can change my avatar’s link on the gravatar grid from TPM to ? Much appreciation.

    • Brandon December 21, 2010 at 9:01 am #

      No, I can exclude websites completely or not, but I can’t change specific ones. You can change it by changing your profile on this site.

      • MBH December 22, 2010 at 7:04 am #

        Let me be more clear: I’m interested in Roderick’s response to this objection. I don’t think he has one.

        Also: is there any way to change the dead website that shows up when you hover over Schopenhauer’s face on the Gravatar Grid to instead show my new website:

        • Brandon December 22, 2010 at 10:02 am #

          I’m not sure where it’s getting that dead website from since I deleted all reference to it from the database.

  4. MBH December 22, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    It works now. Thanks.

  5. Michael Wiebe December 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Regarding the Boétie/Hume argument, what do you think of this paper? He argues that collective action problems do most of the work in maintaining state power, and that ideology is nonessential.

    • MBH December 24, 2010 at 4:27 am #

      Michael, I know that’s not directed at me, but I really enjoyed both this paper and Roderick’s. I found that contrasting this with Roderick’s paper shines all kinds of light on both sides. I blogged this in response to it and how — in some respects — it dovetails well with Roderick’s work.

      BTW: really cool background, upgrades, and new font on the blog title Brandon.

      • Brandon December 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

        Thanks. I finally had some time to fix the outstanding issues with it. Regarding your site, I would rethink the white-text-on-black-background idea. It burns the eyes to look at it, and you tend to post long essays. Makes it harder to read them. I think the most extreme example of that design is, which posts large white text on a black background, for example:

        The image of the text gets burned into the eyes. Your site uses gray text, which doesn’t hurt as bad but it still hurts.

        • MBH December 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

          I seriously appreciate the feedback. I’ll try out some new combos in the next few days; I’d love to hear what you think when I change it around. And any other feedback is more than welcome.

        • Brandon December 25, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

          The other thing is you can use Google webfonts to improve the text. One of the fonts that’s available is the Ubuntu font, which is used by default in Maverick and beyond. That might fit in with the look you’re trying for. It’s used on all of the official Ubuntu sites now. The Google fonts work in all modern browsers.

        • MBH December 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

          I’m going for soothing here.

          It let’s me code post titles, but not the blog title, which I would really like to do…

        • Brandon December 26, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

          That’s not bad, but I think the text could be a bit brighter, like the brightness you are using for the links.

        • MBH December 26, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

          I just didn’t want eye-burning text again. I’m glad you say the link brightness is alright. BTW: I really dig the shadows on the yellow response-mode text. Nice touch.

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