A Blogger Breaks Free: Blog Reax

Joe Jervis completely understands my decision to stop blogging: Man, do I get this. Anybody who does live news blogging knows all too well the havoc this kind of work can wreak upon your personal life. Sure, there’s great freedom to be able to work wherever you are and any time. But you also have to work … Continue reading A Blogger Breaks Free: Blog Reax

A Blogger Breaks Free: Your Thoughts II

A reader writes: I’m know you’re getting a thousand-and-a-half of these emails today, but some bizarre, sentimental impulse compels me to write my own goodbye. It’s hard to see you go, and it certainly came as a shock: standing at the urinal yesterday between classes, bored out of my head and reading the Daily Dish … Continue reading A Blogger Breaks Free: Your Thoughts II

Why What Almost Happened Matters

Reviewing Richard Evans’ Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History, Cass Sunstein argues that what-if scenarios aren’t, as E. P. Thompson put it, “unhistorical shit,” but rather an integral part of the historical enterprise: Here is another way to make the point. Social scientists test hypotheses. They might hypothesize, for example, that if people have to pay a small tax for … Continue reading Why What Almost Happened Matters

Thinking Like A Conservative, Ctd

Last weekend we flagged philosopher Roger Scruton’s new book, How to Be a Conservative. In an interview he expands on his distinctive style of conservatism: Q: It struck me that the empirical side of your conservatism is also underpinned by what might be call a metaphysics of personhood, a conception of the nature of the … Continue reading Thinking Like A Conservative, Ctd

Toward A Conservatism Of Joy

Lovely sunny day pic.twitter.com/dyyEl3mU3R — Herdwick Shepherd (@herdyshepherd1) May 26, 2014 Noting that Michael Oakeshott’s classic essay, “On Being Conservative” (pdf) was published nearly sixty years ago, Aaron Taylor notes a few of the distinctive features of what Oakeshott described as “not a creed or a doctrine, but a disposition”: The real foes of conservatism are … Continue reading Toward A Conservatism Of Joy

Montaigne And Conservatism

A reader writes: Andrew, you said in your appreciation of Montaigne: Skepticism is not nihilism. It doesn’t posit that there is no truth; it merely notes that if truth exists, it is inherently beyond our ultimate grasp. And accepting those limits is the first step toward sanity, toward getting on with life. This is what … Continue reading Montaigne And Conservatism