Monthly Archives: May 2016

David Samuels: The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru – NYT

In the narrative that Rhodes shaped, the “story” of the Iran deal began in 2013, when a “moderate” faction inside the Iranian regime led by Hassan Rouhani beat regime “hard-liners” in an election and then began to pursue a policy

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Comment at American Creation on Strauss and the Problem of Belief

A remark about philosophers is not the same thing as a philosophical remark, and considering it philosophically is different from considering it in terms of, say, intellectual history.

Posted in Anismism, Featured, notes, Philosophy

“described fairly”

[T]hese days American self-government is indistinguishable from self-incrimination. Our domestic policy is a nest of rent-seeking corruption, our social insurance system is an act of theft against posterity. And our foreign policy, described fairly, resembles the last weeks of a

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Jedediah Purdy: What Trump’s Rise Means for Democracy – Dissent Magazine

We will be hearing much more from this school of thought over the next months. Its voices will encourage us to feel doubt and disgust at democracy, and they will subtly flatter our elite, or would-be elite, ideas of historical

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An Ancient Peruvian Mystery Has Been Solved From Space – IFLScience

The Nazca are famous for their impressive lines carved into the Peruvian desert, but they also built an incredible system of aqueducts, some of which still function today. The system is covered in spiral openings, called puquios, but their function remained

Posted in Noted & Quoted, Science

Jennifer Rubin: It’s the beginning, not the end, of #NeverTrump – The Washington Post

…[W]ith a third candidate comes a spokesman for sane conservatism, a voice to repeat over and over again that Trump does not speak for conservatives and center-right voters of good conscience and sturdy principles. Without an actual candidate, whatever drivel

Posted in Noted & Quoted, Politics

Ross Douthat: The Defeat of True Conservatism – NYTimes.com

Finally, Trump proved that many professional True Conservatives, many of the same people who flayed RINOs and demanded purity throughout the Obama era, were actually just playing a convenient part. From Fox News’ 10 p.m. hour to talk radio to

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Jonathan Chait: Trump Has Won and the Republican Party Is Broken – NYMag

Most of America, including a significant minority of Republicans, have seen Trump’s candidacy exactly for the con it is. Trump for President is a category error. He is, as his rivals have described him, a charlatan, a con artist, a

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On the matter of your moral inferiority…

A self-serving moral judgment is always implicit in any political judgment, for the simple reason that a politics without morality would be the physics of randomly colliding human atoms, of no meaning to anyone, or not authentically political at all.

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Bret Stephens: The GOP Gets What It Deserves – WSJ

And now it’s America First time again—the inevitable outcome of the GOP’s descent into populism. Mr. Cruz, who used to be fond of calling Mr. Trump “my friend Donald” when it seemed opportune, now presents himself as the only man

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