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Vulgar cynicism and “soft” McCarthyism

H/T to Yanis Varoufakis for highlighting Srećko Horvat’s The Cyber-War on Wikileaks. (I was critical of the diplomatic leaks of a few years back but have now changed my mind given how unabashed and cunningly mendacious these bad actors are along with their complicitous presstitutes and tenured apologists). I bet the lobster risotto is better than the food at the Ecuadorian Embassy democracyhackingJulian Assangeregressive…

Brexit The Movie: Always allow 18 inches between chair and furniture

“Always allow 18 inches between chair and furniture . . .” (21:41 — 24:28: here the distinction and value between enterprise association and civil association gets profoundly disregarded). This mentality (30:53-31:50) has been institutionalized within the academy and the intelligentsia at large. From 33:28 your day begins . . . “terrified by towels”. “Trade was all about the great…

The Social Epistemology of Blogging

Alvin Goldman, the doyen of analytic social epistemology, has a draft paper posted on his website entitled “The Social Epistemology of Blogging.” What’s gratifying to me is that via Richard Posner (whom Goldman cites), Hayek, who I have argued is the social epistemologist par excellence, makes an appearance. I have recently argued that if Hayek was centrally…

Epistemic Approaches To Democracy

This is the latest issue of EPISTEME: it’s currently available as hard copy but not online, though this will happen before long. EPISTEMIC APPROACHES TO DEMOCRACY Guest Editor: David Estlund • Introduction: Epistemic Approaches to Democracy, David Estlund • Science, Religion, and Democracy, Philip Kitcher • The Epistemic Value of the Democratic Process, William Nelson…