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  1. An update on Gotthelf's essay: this is reprinted (I don't know if it was revised) in Allan Gotthelf and James G. Lennox (eds.), Concepts and Their Role in Knowledge: Reflections on Objectivist Epistemology, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013. Stephen Hicks reviews it here. While this may be logically prior to the OP's concerns, it would be foundational to a critique of the "linguistic turn". More philosophical clean-up...
  2. Yes, it's an ancient thread (in Internet time)... The thread title is what I'm after. Consider this: http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=226686 I put up some other Karl Denninger ranting somewhere else, strike-related I think, but this is... different. So there it is.
  3. http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?blog=Market-Ticker Karl Denninger, Oct. 11, 2013 [omits hyperlinks] "The Market Ticker is offline from October 11th-13th as a deliberate act to reduce to zero my economic activity, and thus taxable income, for those three days. On 9/11/2013 I went dark to protest the NSA's unconstitutional and outrageous acts of spying against American Citizens -- acts they claimed at the time were "catching terrorists" but which they were later forced to admit had interdicted not dozens of plots but perhaps "one or two." Despite this forced admission our Congress has refu
  4. Thomas, I don't think this really describes how JSTOR functions or how it is governed. For one thing, the corporation operates more as a middleman or jobber between the publishers of the scholarly journals and the subscribers to the database of digitized journal articles. Not to go on incessantly with the references, but this is another useful one: www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/JSTOR. A similar resource (mentioned in this entry) is Project Muse, and it's a short step from there to EBSCO and Gale - more subscription services. So anyway I just wanted to get that out there in case anyone wa
  5. Sorry if that was not useful - perhaps a little more on the ownership of JSTOR would be? The entity/corporation is known as "Ithaka Harbors": http://www.lincc.us/PubApps/showVals.php?ein=133857105 (this includes links to their 990 filings as a 501©3 entity) and here's another person, looking at the question: http://www.generalist.org.uk/blog/2011/jstor-where-does-your-money-go/ So do I have any opinions on copyrights and patents? Still reading, I'm afraid - intellectual property is fascinating, but I don't consider myself well-informed enough to contribute more than a few references
  6. Thomas, there are a lot of openings here, but I'll take the JSTOR angle. I'm not at all sure about the ownership structure - an IRS filing might help with that - but you may find this to be of some related interest: Kevin Guthrie, Rebecca J. Griffiths & Nancy L. Maron Sustainability and Revenue Models for Online Academic Resources Published May 01, 2008 www.sr.ithaka.org/research-publications/sustainability-and-revenue-models-online-academic-resources This report (available in PDF) may be more relevant to your larger purpose of discussing the moral aspects of intellectual property,
  7. Okay, I'll bite: what's the worst? Whittaker Chambers' "review"?
  8. This would be an interesting hypothesis to test (but I wouldn't take the bet because I just don't bet!!). This conclusion depends necessarily on a confirmation of the hypothesis, of course. And is a topic for another discussion, sometime.
  9. I am, however, reminded of the enabling legislation passed by the National Socialists in 1933, upon which they erected the edifice of their regime: all completely "assented to" - and, by the way, a very difficult bone for the postwar German historians to chew, when considering the legal status of resisters prosecuted under those laws. (See Also, obviously, Ominous Parallels). I don't think there's any problem with my identification of modern-day anonymous bureaucrats entrusted with the initiation of coercive force as latter-day analogues of the equally anonymous and lethal agents of the RSH
  10. I find it difficult to distinguish between this line of thought and one that leads to "therefore, orders are orders, and my job is to follow them." My modest proposal, as Swiftian as it might be, is to simply suggest that it is not only technically possible to hold these bureaucrats to account by name, it is also likely that it will occur. Sooner or later. BTW, the fine distinction between a "democracy" and a "democratic republic" is forgotten, apparently - and one might ask, to whom are the bureaucrats responsible? And who wants to know?
  11. I understand your objection to the apparent moral equivalence (always a valid objection), but consider: Eichmann's role in facilitating the Holocaust was essentially bureaucratic - in fact, the same charge could be made against Himmler, and many lesser agents as well (although the SS did not lack for educated enablers: see esp. Table 4, p.12 - and many were convicted murderers) -but the point which Churchill only implies, and which I find to be the common element among these thugs is the classic "Befehl ist Befehl" - a fruitful resource, BTW, which takes us off the topic of Nazis and more towa
  12. From the War on Terror Ward Churchill's epithet of "little Eichmanns" was misplaced: 9/11 casualties in New York were not bureaucrats, except in the typical conflated sense from the perspective of a modern leftist intellectual (and leaving aside the confounding circumstances of crony capitalism). The real "little Eichmanns" are the bureaucrats of the state: in particular, those instrumental in authorizing, implementing, or executing the police power of the state. But while BATF, FBI, and IRS are obvious, these agents include employees of the social welfare establishment, and the regulatory
  13. following the two previous commentators, I will only add: I want Jeff's hat. I would wear it until Part III comes out. Maybe longer.
  14. I think this is the right thread for this note; anyway, somebody looking for the topic will find it like I did... I am surprised that nobody's mentioned the connection with Elizabeth Warren and George Lakoff, but other than flogging that entertaining blog I wanted to point out that the whole episode is an excellent example of the transmission of ideas - a notion I first encountered in For the New Intellectual (the essay) and which has continued to serve me well (that, and "follow the money" or more classically cui bono). Anyway: one more step down this track, chasing Lakoff's references
  15. To the Original Post: I wonder if you aren't on to something, actually, speculating that "gender", as it's currently used in discussions of human sexuality, is an anti-concept? I offer this link (w/ customary cautions about credibility) to anyone interested in pursuing the topic through the literature: http://en.wikipedia....wiki/John_Money You might have to dig a bit, though, to make a case that Money employed a term (gender) that ultimately served to confuse (corrupt?) the pursuit of truth.
  16. This, I think, is the reason I keep looking at this thread, as it periodically collects new comments: not so long and complex that I can't untangle it, and not so short as to be dismissed... it's certainly a perennial topic. I can see two main topics in the opening post: one, would such a strike be likely or even possible, and two, if so, where and how? The first is logically prior to the second: I underline this because I think that the contemplation of a free "land" is another matter altogether, and I wouldn't pursue the argument for a strike with that end in mind. EC suggests that a
  17. Snow_Fox: what were you studying? How far along did you get? Did you have a plan when you started? Let's assume the answers are: general eds/liberal arts (a monkeytrap if there ever was one); somewhere in the second year of a four-year (again, hahahaha) degree; and no, not really, but medicine / pre-law / business sounded good. Let's also assume that you may want to go back to that initial idea, but. not. right. now. JASKN's pretty much nailed that. What you DO want to, in my omniscient opinion, is to identify what you're good at now, what your real passion is, and what it would take
  18. You wouldn't necessarily want to do this in front of the kids, but it might be a good exercise in the application of critical thinking skills to show your work? Dewey should be rejected because of which ideas, and how were they misapplied to education? Differentiate the merits and demerits of Bloom's work: what did he miss? What is unsound? Any reliable critical evaluations of these ideas available for reference?
  19. It would be nice to see, or cite, a syllabus with some objectives & so forth, the usual tools for consistently delivering classroom content over time - is this something you can do, Nigel? Zoid's definition brings some assumptions to the table that would need to be unpacked for such a syllabus, or would perhaps be pre-requisite (what grade levels are you talking about, BTW?): what does it mean to examine a claim? what does valid mean? what is evidence? what does reliable mean? Those are good beginner questions.
  20. No results found for '"agatha heterodyne"'. Well that's a shame, and corrected right now! Any other fans of the Girl Genius, who manifests charisma to spare as any good Spark should, are invited to make their allegiances known publicly. Her value, BTW, is quite obvious. But I'll forgo the usual flood of links and references. Her name is her passport.
  21. & cetera... John, much as I hasten to agree that the topic is worthy of discussion, I am afraid that your post is confusing and does not reach or advocate much of a point. The other commenters so far have considerately asked you for further elaboration and elucidation - I agree with them as well. Some further grounding in the facts of the matter (such as you may find) is definitely needed.
  22. Yow! 2 kids? Guess who's the smartest person in the room, Mom! Well: bring coffee, make comments as inspired & appropriate, and, um ordinarily I'd say read, but you may be otherwise engaged. Did I mention that I envy you? Or was it admire? I forget. You might throw a hook in the water over at Facebook, too. (ditto softwareNerd)
  23. http://www.wired.com/underwire/2008/11/dark-knight-fan/ from James Lillis last fall, after the election - too bad this version didn't get slapped up & around. The contrast between the two posters will make for an interesting paper in visual rhetoric some day...
  24. So, QuoVadis, I'm surprised nobody picked up on this (context) yet: you own a BAR? in a college town/area? does this work for you as a venue for engaging the occasional client in some "maieutic"? that would be interesting: "let's go to [QuoVadis]'s bar and talk some REAL philosophy!" just a thought...
  25. Video just isn't my medium of choice for scholarship, I guess. I have a hard time with audio too, so that might put me at odds with some authorities... Anyway, the origins of PC have fascinated me for some time. If you want to pursue a print study, please consider these. first, William Lind's remarks (which are no doubt the substance of the video): Lind, William S. The Origins of Political Correctness: An Accuracy in Academia Address by Bill Lind. n.d. retrieved 29 May, 2007 http://www.academia.org/lectures/lind1.html. This seems to be a more complete treatment, however: “Politica
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