Category Archives: Pol 228 Democracy and Its Critics

Crunchy Con strikes again! (228)

Check out the very very very long post  (and the many many many comments) on Rod Dreher’s Crunchy Con  site on gay marriage, traditionalism, and deep moral disagreement. I refrained from commenting—but do add a comment, if you so desire. … Continue reading

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Deliberative dishonesty (228)

More bashing Gutmann & Thompson questions and comments on the readings: on William Galston: *p. 41, and violation of parents’ integrity: Perhaps, if consider only parents’ integrity. What of children’s integrity? Isn’t the issue that the parents and the children … Continue reading

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Why this and not that? (228)

That was, in essence, Shemori’s question: Why is it okay to sell sperm and eggs and not solid organs? It’s a good question. I think the response I offered—that these have been two separate narratives, shaped by particular events—is a … Continue reading

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Enough already! (228)

Some thoughts while preparing notes on G&T’s chapter 7 (on liberty): *I wonder if G&T don’t unnecessarily lard down their theory, that it would in fact work better if it weren’t more open, closer to anything goes. One could hang … Continue reading

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Breast wars! (228)

Here’s the Atlantic Monthly story about breastfeeding which I mentioned (briefly) in class; be sure to watch the accompanying set of videos. Oh, and here’s the info on the article I mentioned, on religious sensibilities keeping one out of ‘the … Continue reading

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Deliberation, moderation, and morality (228)

Notice anything about the discussion in the embedded CNBC clip? Amanda Marcotte, posting at Pandagon, certainly did. Scroll through the comments for further information about the stats regarding contraception. (*NOTE: A number of the comment-ers use, ah, raw language to … Continue reading

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More news, and whatever (228, 266)

A coupla’ more stories: William Saletan, on IVF legislation. Note that I’ve added his blog, Human Nature, to the list. The White House is planning a series of regional meetings on health care refore. Here’s a link to a NY … Continue reading

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Stray deliberations (228)

A few late-night thoughts: I mentioned in class that there are often fools who attach themselves to serious issues, and that the presence of fools ought not distract one from recognizing the seriousness of an issue. ‘Leaving the fools aside. … Continue reading

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