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    On conservatives and stupidity

    One crushing rejoinder to Brandon would be to point out that the political labels J.S. Mill was familiar with have changed greatly in meaning. A conservative in the 1840s, for example, would have favored continuation of England’s traditional policy of keeping high tariffs on imported grain — the “corn” laws.
    Locker Room contributor, February 10, 2004
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    Lord of the Politicians, Or Why My Elven Policy Polls Really Well

    A very funny little site started with a confusion between rocket-propelled grenades and role-playing games, RPGs all, and wound up with possible character attributes of Demo candidates. If the following makes no sense, that is because you have had a productive, meaningful life. If, however, you are like…
    Locker Room contributor, February 10, 2004
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    Duke prof responds to “intellectual diversity” challenge

    “We try to hire the best, smartest people available,” Brandon [Robert Brandon, chair of the philosophy department] said of his philosophy hires. “If, as John Stuart Mill said, stupid people are generally conservative, then there are lots of conservatives we will never hire. “Mill’s analysis may go some way…
    Locker Room contributor, February 10, 2004
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    Cry me a river, continued

    The UNC Association of Student Governments is also involved in this book project. From all appearances, the UNCASG’s objection to this is territorial. Their reaction to increasing student costs at UNC may as well be a paraphrase of “Animal House”: “They can’t do that to our students!…
    Locker Room contributor, February 10, 2004
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    Cry me a river ? round 35

    There is little more disgusting than privileged people whining about their sorry lot in life. Talk about “faces behind the numbers” ? next time you’re in a restaurant being waited on by a 30-year-old mother of two, why not thank her for (involuntarily) sacrificing a portion of her earnings…
    Locker Room contributor, February 10, 2004
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    Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow

    “I miss being able to eat when I’m hungry, not only when I have money.” These words are not from Eastern European war refugees or even the sixty percent of North Carolinians that the NC Justice Center claims is eating cat food. No, these sad words were uttered from…
    Locker Room contributor, February 10, 2004
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    a good satire

    For a good satire, Whole Language Takes on Golf, go here.
    Locker Room contributor, February 10, 2004
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    Time for Left-Wing Talk Radio?

    I?ve flummoxed some of my friends and colleagues in recent months by arguing that there is a real market for left-leaning talk radio in the U.S. I don?t buy the silly idea that creating a liberal talk-radio network is necessary to democracy so as to balance conservative talk radio and…
    Locker Room contributor, February 10, 2004