"Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking" - JMK
- HAPPY NEW YEARS! 355 days left, so make them count!
- John Cochrane, of the University of Chicago, is now blogging.
- I considered a New Years resolution of not blogging about Ron Paul anymore, but then decided against it. There's a duty to face this scourge of the American polity head on, etc., etc., and who am I to put my own blood pressure above duty? But I do want to cut back, because honestly it gets frustrating. So I'm simply going to note that rather than writing a post about this Glenn Greenwald post, I have some comments on it over at Ryan Murphy's blog. Believe it or not people, there is a huge moderate, rational, reasonable, and in my view correct middle ground between the Bush doctrine and the Paul doctrine. Accusing those of us who occupy this territory of sacrificing "intellectual honesty" demonstrates that Greenwald is either confused, a jerk, or both.
- And sort of in the same vein, Bob Murphy has a defense of the Mises Institute inspired by all this "racist newsletter" stuff. He makes some great points. I've said many times on here that I absolutely do not think Ron Paul is a racist. The same goes for the Mises Institute, DiLorenzo's Lincoln stuff, etc.. Of course, that doesn't mean that we can't note that because of our views on race and American society, we have a lot of concerns about Paul, DiLorenzo, Hoppe, etc. - we can absolutely say that. I have said that. But I think people should be careful about throwing around the word "racist" [and perhaps Hoppe does deserves the label... I don't want to weigh in on Hoppe specifically - other people probably know him better].
- Finally, for wine drinkers in the Mid-Atlantic area, I have to recommend Cooper Vineyards and Nassau Valley Vineyards. In addition to some old stand-bys, these made for a nice New Year's Eve party (Norton Reserve from the former, and Cabernet from the latter).