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Frank Zappa (27), leader der "The Mothers of Invention", einer Rock-Gruppe, die wegen ihrer drastischen Kritik an amerikanischer Politik auf dem Index der US-Sender stehen, besucht Hamburg am Wochenende mit seiner Gruppe zu einem zweistuendigen "shock -in" (AP-Photo/ESH) 5.1.1968

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Astonished to see that my Amy Winehouse: The Album Collection comes with one these most grievous of offenses against taste and decency and liberality. Frank . . . our culture is still being infantilized and no doubt has supporters from both the illiberal Left and the illiberal Right — the “central scrutinizers” of Joe’s Garage. “Explicit…


Morals and markets

Sandel plugging his latest. The journalist’s quote below has much resonance to me. Even to a toddler’s mind, the logic of the transaction was evidently clear – if he had to be bribed, then the potty couldn’t be a good idea – and within a week he had grown so suspicious and upset that we…


Hayek and the “Use of Knowledge in Society”

Here is a draft of my entry for the SAGE Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences. Hayekuse of knowledge in society

Humanitarian Aid for the Mind

  My dear cultured, well-read, empathetic and sophisticated readers, On occasion I’ve brought your attention to the work of the Sabre Foundation. If like me you believe that access to educational materials is critical to repairing the mutilated civil condition in areas of the world that have, for one reason or another, been traumatized –  then please consider making…