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  • Legal and Illegal Is Not Right and Wrong

    Legal and Illegal Is Not Right and Wrong1

    • September 18, 2017

    One of my favorite sayings comes from the now defunct web-comic A Softer World. “It was a sweet day when I realized,” reads the comic, “legal and illegal had nothing to do with right and wrong.” I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I wish I could say it was because I had faced

  • Trump Is Falstaff with Power

    Trump Is Falstaff with Power0

    Tyler Cowen’s recent piece over at Bloomberg View argues that the kerfuffle over a production of Julius Caesar that portrayed Caesar as Trump is a sign that we’re living in an age where Shakespeare is particularly relevant to our politics. This is a bad thing, suggests Cowen, because Shakespeare is a writer who specializes in

  • Political Disagreement is a Bad Reason to Unfriend

    Political Disagreement is a Bad Reason to Unfriend0

    I have an interesting meeting next week. A young woman in my community is working very hard on a set of policy suggestions for environmental measures, and she wants a libertarian perspective on the ideas she has drawn up. So we’re going to get together over coffee and talk about her plan and about what

  • Jane Austen Vindicates the Rights of Women

    Jane Austen Vindicates the Rights of Women0

    Jane Austen’s Lady Susan is a wrecking ball in petticoats. The main character of the new film Love and Friendship, drawn from Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan, is a widowed mother of a marriageable daughter. She is also widely known as “the most accomplished Coquette in England.” She has a married lover. She seduces wealthy young men