Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.
Monday, January 12, 2004
Just in case...
...you have found that the amount of hard-hitting philosophical content of Possumblog has not quite been up to par lately, word just came from Brian Anderson, Senior Editor of City Journal of some hearty fare--I haven't gotten a chance to read any of these articles yet, but they sound really good:
Dear Terry:I think it's probably safe to say little exists like this anywhere in the Middle East, not just Iraq.
In "What Makes a Terrorist?", James Q. Wilson answers that it takes a village--even a whole culture. As Wilson shows, most terrorists belong to tightly bonded groups, whose members reinforce one another's delusions: that evil is good, wrong is right, death is life. All this might make rational-if immoral-sense if terrorism actually achieved its political goals; but as Wilson finds, it rarely does. Nevertheless, Wilson soberly concludes, little platoons of nihilistic, death-dealing unreason, cheered on by a culture of rage and resentment, wish to wipe out Western civilization and will plague us for some time to come.Indeed--simply because your enemy is terminally stupid and pathologically incapable of reason doesn't mean he's not dangerous--in fact, quite the opposite. Sadly, sometimes it's much better for all concerned to just let them take it up with God.
The Winter issue also features two articles on important domestic issues:Hey, go figure.
In "The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave," Heather MacDonald shows that some of the most violent criminals at large today are illegal aliens. Yet in cities where the crime these aliens commit is highest-in Los Angeles, for instance, where 95 percent of all outstanding warrants for homicide target illegal aliens--cops cannot use the most obvious tool to catch them: their immigration status. Reasons: fear of offending powerful immigrant lobbies and, even more disturbingly, the non-stop increase of immigration, which is reshaping the law to dissolve any distinction between legal and illegal aliens and, ultimately, the very idea of national borders.And citizenship, for that matter--it seems that some people are now is perfectly willing to bestow the rights of American citizenship to anyone, including to those who consider themselves our enemies.
Other fascinating stories in the Winter issue include Michael Knox Beran on self-reliance versus self-esteem, Walter Olson on how the ADA has spawned a sleazy lawsuit industry,Actually, the ADA didn't spawn a sleazy lawsuit industry--it just opened up new feeding grounds for the poor, hungry, emaciated sharks who couldn't find enough ambulances to chase.
Julia Magnet on the films of Whit Stillman,If you're like me, you can't read that without thinking Wilt the Stilt. It's wrong in so many different ways, but hey...
Richard Brookhiser on DeWitt Clinton, and Theodore Dalrymple on Stefan Zweig.Thanks much to Brian for the note--all of you go read!
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