Archive for December, 2002

I hate to distract AC Douglas from his battle with the benighted Elvish forces with a flank attack, but I haven’t quite finished with the Jabberwocky yet. AC’s argument, to review, was in two parts. First he argued that the criterion of art is that it fills the heads of its auditors with ideas. (The […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted December 31, 2002 @ 3:48 PM | Culture

The Ninth Amendment, once compared by Robert Bork to an “inkblot,” states, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” In other words, rights — spheres of action in which the government may not interfere — are to be construed broadly. The […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted December 28, 2002 @ 12:11 PM | Law

Ten contestants, mostly worthy, including Sullivan, for those who cannot keep their envy to themselves, and the sponsor himself, who, among other sins, has a blog “without permalinks, archives, or even dates on the posts, thus preventing the sort of critical scrutiny he performs on others.” (Link from Colby Cosh, who is not listed.)

Aaron Haspel | Posted December 27, 2002 @ 9:59 PM | General

Better in theory than in practice, but intermittently amusing. Through Colby Cosh from Richard Ames, whose name anagrams a lot better than Colby’s does.

Aaron Haspel | Posted December 25, 2002 @ 3:59 PM | General

No, strike that…God’s existence not disproved…no, that’s not it either. Jim Holt, who writes on philosophy for Slate, is often good but today, on God, he is merely facile. He manages to write 1300 words without mentioning the most obvious objection: that God is a classical violation of Occam’s Razor. He is an entity without […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted December 25, 2002 @ 12:40 PM | General

They matter no more than the politics of Bono, or Barbra Streisand; less actually, because Strummer never tried to influence policy. If artists become important in politics, the fault lies not with the idiots themselves but with the even bigger idiots who attend to them. They achieve significance, like the devil, only insofar as people […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted December 25, 2002 @ 11:46 AM | General

Steven Den Beste writes today about consequentialism. As he says, he is not himself a consequentialist; he finds all utilitarian criteria, and all other ethical rules, inadequate. This makes him an intuitionist, as I have written before. Nevertheless he has residual sympathy with some forms of utilitarianism and understates the problems with the theory. Consequentialism […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted December 23, 2002 @ 5:09 PM | Philosophy

Steven Den Beste says that, no matter what words you use, the concept eventually reasserts itself, which is a cheerful thought: The reality is that words follow concepts and not the other way around. If you force someone to use a different term for something, then the meaning of that term will eventually modify in […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted December 23, 2002 @ 10:26 AM | General

Susanna does a few here, and a few more over here, and maybe if I ask nicely she’ll get around to me too. (It’s easy. Just think parentheses and simple declarative sentences.)

Aaron Haspel | Posted December 21, 2002 @ 11:53 PM | General

From this week’s New York Observer (don’t even think about it if you have a slow connection): A Brooklyn resident reported that while he was making a right turn onto Park Avenue from 68th Street at 2:14 PM, his car was struck by a black BMW bearing diplomatic plates. The complainant said that when he […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted December 21, 2002 @ 11:23 PM | General