Links, 4/12/13

A few of these links are really dense:

  • Weigel on Kermit Gosnell is priceless – from the article: “If you’re pro-choice, say, and you worry that the Gosnell story is being promoted only to weaken your cause, you really should read that grand jury report. “DOH could and should have closed down Gosnell’s clinic years before,” write the investigators. Why wasn’t it?”
  • So “Marlins Park [is] a $634 million stadium that was more than 80 percent paid for with public money.” Take a guess how their attendance is? (h/t Josh)
  • Peter Sloterdijk, “The Grasping Hand” – from a while ago and intentionally meant to provoke. Perhaps even satire; more on this later. Sloterdijk rather bluntly asserts there are productive citizens and the modern democratic state robs them and then goes into debt to pay for the unproductive many. He is way too reductive even for those sympathetic to this sort of case. If one wants to say that global financial crisis can be solved by rectifying injustices (yeah, I wish life were that simple, but this is political “thinking” nowadays), one has to confront that it is a matter of proportion we’re dealing with, not just that some people who do nothing steal from those who do everything. Sloterdijk does a very good job of eliminating any trace of humanity in his remarks, quite literally.
  • Jason Bridges reviews Richard Gaskin’s critique of John McDowell’s Mind and World – I remember struggling to find problems I found relevant in analytic philosophy as an undergraduate. This review does a very nice job of showing how sharp McDowell is and finding seom relevant, interesting problems. The big question is how we use experience. McDowell wonders about how we have a thought and then use our experience to measure its truth. Why does this rather simple setup explode into a million and one problems?
  • Addicted: Bach BWV 552, Fugue in E flat major (“St. Anne”).

1 Comment

  1. Sloterdijk seems to have two problems with the modern state. First, it is far & away the biggest spender in any modern economy, & in fact moves around more than half the income in an economy; secondly, it astoundingly, carelessly wastes these monies.
    Having people do their best & taking their success & wasting it is turning them into slaves–this seems to be the man’s point.
    If the state can do things that people consider good, then they may consent to that. Otherwise, how can they consent without consenting to their own destruction?
    Of course, only those people who take economics dead seriously will think themselves humiliated if their life’s work is wasted by the state. They have some manner of judging how to work & what risks to take & they have a measure of their skill in success. Then they see that this counts for little, sometimes for nothing when it comes to public spending. What is left for them if democracy means that they have to live their lives robbed & blackmailed?

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