• Hi Jane,

    I really hope that isn’t an everyday occurrence. I run a blog and would never accept the changing of a couple of words in a quotation so as to “make it your own” as Hedges does apparently repeatedly. I also teach and if an undergrad submitted a paper with this sort of pulling out of phrases without proper identification I wouldn’t accept it. If you are going to be committed to being truthful that also means accurately acknowledging your sources. It is a question of honesty.

  • johnlilburne commented on the diary post Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart Have Destroyed Satire — Chris Hedges by Dennis Trainor Jr.

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    One irony about this is that if you read Swift’s Tale of the Tub he makes the point that satirizing the system is easy because then everyone can claim that it is not their responsibility. It is actually more difficult to call out individuals according to Swift because then you make enemies.

  • I know that this is not a big point in your post but you have gotten Edwards wrong in a significant way. Edwards was not saying that the rich were better than the poor–in fact his central point was that people did not owe their success or worldly position to their own worth (as today’s elite thinks)nor that their success and worldly position meant that they were better than others (again as today’s elites thinks). Instead, he was arguing that all were equally worthless in God’s eyes and that they should be thankful they were not condemned and do the best they could to live up to the Law. Indeed, in his time Edwards’ comments were part of a wider critique of elite ministers who many thought were simply holding the hands of the wealthy.

    One of the things that has been lost in the transition from older religious notions of the social order to the modern meritocracy is the ability to recognize that just because people are successful doesn’t mean it is due to their internal worth. Puritanism was too skeptical of worldly success to think that.

  • It is also true that Smith–as a student of conjectural history–understood the differences between the fiction of “natural liberty” and any really existing exchange and production system. Part of the reason that the older writers have fallen out of fashion today is that modern economists do not want to know how economies actually work and what sorts of trade-offs are involved. They want to insist that they already know how economies work and how people act because they think their models are reality.

  • johnlilburne commented on the blog post Murdoch, Russert, and Mitchell

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    I think to be fair to Hugh Grant, although he did speak out when he was affected, he was also one of the earliest ones to do so and I believe helped bring forth evidence before the present freedom to challenge Murdoch in England started. He is not joining a bandwagon. He helped to start it and tangling in England with Murdoch in that way was not without its risk.

  • johnlilburne commented on the blog post Supreme Court: California Must Reduce Prison Population

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    I don’t think that the average age gets at the problem. California has a prison population which is split between quite young offenders and increasingly elderly offenders because of the determinate sentencing, 3 strikes etc. It makes for a population that needs huge amounts of medical care and rehabilitation but can’t afford any of it.

    Also could you provide a link to the sentencing commission description you posted earlier? It had more teeth than that as I recall although it would have had to be submitted to the legislature in the end.

  • johnlilburne commented on the blog post Supreme Court: California Must Reduce Prison Population

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    One problem that DD doesn’t note is the incredibly tight parole rules in CA. All convicts in CA are placed on parole after they have completed their sentences and they tend to be sent back in for minor parole violations. This practice both enlarges the number of inmates (overcrowding) and also enlarges the number of inmates who spend their time getting no help whatsoever (short-term parole violators). The end result is that all of the inmates have less opportunities for rehab etc.

  • I didn’t say endowed chairs. I said corporate funding of research. That is a separate issue. It is important to keep them apart because the latter is far more prevalent than the former problem.

  • I think that you are overstating quite a bit. There are ways in which groups who donate endowed chairs may have some right to have their position listened to in appointments but I doubt that you would find many, if any, in which an outside donor was granted the right to veto specific scholars. Universities–even private ones–have gotten into trouble on this issue in the past and have been forced to back down.

    But on another point you are right–there is a growing danger of the ways that corporate funding may in fact be limiting the academic freedom and open sharing of ideas that are supposed to be going on in universities. Corporations often want propriety rights on research they fund and that is a huge problem.

  • I think that it is actually simpler than that. You can copy a word document into the FDL diary or post space by having the space be in html and then save and switch to the better editor. That should wipe out all of the word formatting nonsense. It works on the other places I post.

  • johnlilburne commented on the blog post WI Supreme Court Election Liveblog

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    Thanks!

  • johnlilburne commented on the blog post WI Supreme Court Election Liveblog

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    Can anyone tell me what Marathon and Waukesha counties are? They are two relatively large counties with large prosser leads.

  • johnlilburne commented on the blog post WI Supreme Court Election Liveblog

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    the milwaukee sentinel seems a bit quicker to me.

  • johnlilburne commented on the blog post WI Supreme Court Election Liveblog

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    Eli’s is the latest from the Milwaukee-Sentinel if someone else has a better source please link it!

  • johnlilburne commented on the diary post Jared Loughner’s Possible Mental Illness by Jeff Kaye.

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    I thought above you were saying that you weren’t making a diagnosis? Given how little we know at this point it seems unlikely that we can make that distinction.

  • johnlilburne commented on the diary post Jared Loughner’s Possible Mental Illness by Jeff Kaye.

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    But this is a very selective quotation. Later on he goes on about the necessity of alternative currencies (check the reports about the Virginia representative who wants the state to start issuing its own currency if you think this is not right-wing financial ideology), insists we don’t have to listen to “federalist” laws (granted he [...]

  • johnlilburne commented on the diary post Jared Loughner’s Possible Mental Illness by Jeff Kaye.

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    I think that there is another issue here with Kaczynski that should be taken into account with all of this speculation. If I remember correctly, Kaczynski did not want an insanity defense–he wanted the trial to focus on the politics of what he did. In that case the insanity defense however well-meaning meant that he [...]

  • johnlilburne commented on the diary post Jared Loughner’s Possible Mental Illness by Jeff Kaye.

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    Of course that is a part of the post that has no citation so we don’t know who Jeff Kaye is talking about when he says that the “diagnosis keeps arising.’ But while I see the argument about the strange nature of his videos the one that Kaye refers to does end up with a [...]

  • johnlilburne commented on the blog post Liveblog: News Conference on Giffords Shooting

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    Yes, he said it was a male in his fifties.

  • The previous paragraph simply says that people are more envious of people down the hall than the fabulously wealthy who they don’t speak about. How is that making the distinction that you claim he does?

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