A liberal society is one in which everybody has free-speech rights. A society in which some people have free-speech rights and some do not, depending on the self-interested whim of people with political power, is a totalitarian society realized to a greater or lesser degree. Heinrich Heine’s advice on the connection between the treatment of books and the treatment of human beings is always and forever relevant.
As I wrote recently, Trump has never read the Constitution. She hates it.
A long but useful history of the conservative intellectual, from Matthew Continetti.
…and other joint cartilage, from noses.
Faster please. Though I do have to say it sort of reminds me of the end of Sleeper.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has seen the impact site. Burn was ten times too short, fell from 2-4 kilometers, almost-full tanks probably exploded on “landing.”
But they think it was a software error, which is good news.
My longish print essay at The New Atlantis is now on line.
The roof blows off it:
There’s no way to tell what people think. It’s impossible for most Americans to form a judgment with which they feel comfortable, because they do not have sources of information they can trust. Fox News is in a civil war between the pro- and anti-Trump Republicans. The other networks are with Hillary. The major media outlets have lost credibility. Only 32% of Americans said they had “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of confidence in the news media in a September Gallup Poll survey. That’s the lowest level in history, and should be no surprise: the major media has to spin a new cover-up every couple of days, before it is finished putting the previous set of lies to bed.
That’s why Americans don’t simply watch the nightly news and go to bed. They read the rumors on the Internet and circulate them to their friends. They create networks of people they trust in the hope of obtaining an accurate account of what is happening around them.
That’s why I’m still calling this election for Donald J. Trump. The polls are meaningless. Perceptions are morphing as rapidly as the new-model Terminator in the molten steel vat at the end of the movie. The election will be won and lost a dozen times between now and Election Day. And when Americans finally go into the voting booth, they will not be able to think of a any reasons to vote for Hillary Clinton–only reasons to vote against Donald Trump. There are far more compelling reasons to vote against Clinton. And that’s how the election will go.
I hope this is true, but I’m skeptical.
The orbiter is in orbit around Mars, but things aren’t looking good for the lander. Loss of signal a few hundred meters above the surface.
Bob Zimmerman: Did Opportunity see Schiapperalli?
Heterodox U has put together a guide. My alma mater in Ann Arbor doesn’t fare well, but at least it’s not Missouri or Oregon. Keep it in mind both in sending your kid there, or hiring.
Related: Are colleges making our young men sick? Despite all the blather about “rape culture,” the real war on campus is against them. And it starts in public schools, before they even get there.