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1. Charles Murray’s latest at Wall Street Journal.
2. Also at WSJ, James Taranto makes an important point on the “you didn’t build that” controversy:
The basic substantive problem with the Lakoff-Obama argument is that it blurs the distinction between an uncontroversial proposition (government is necessary) and a highly disputed one (government of its current size and scope is necessary and may even be insufficient).
Only anarchists believe that government serves no role in maintaining the country. The argument is that the Left believes that because the government has previously had a hand in some endeavors that it must have an increasingly large input going forward. When the government began investing heavily in roads it wasn’t also investing heavily in so many other programs. The problem isn’t that the government wants to build up infrastructure and that conservatives are just opposing it out of hand, though some of it is political jostling. But there is a very legitimate fear that the government is trying to do too much, and that there is a natural limit to how much money the government can spend to achieve that goal.
3. Humans have a natural tendency to objectify women.
4. Simon Templar at Breitbart on The Newsroom’s anti-gun rhetoric. I hope to have a piece published exposing some of the agitprop of this show.
5. A Jezzie writes a piece advising men to not cold approach a woman at a bar by putting hands on the small of her back. The woman’s argument is basically “guys we know what you’re up to, this doesn’t work.” Problem is, the strategy persists because it does work enough to maintain its existence. I guess the Jezzie can help fulfill her own prophecy by drumming up enough outrage to piss women off enough to eradicate the small-back maneuver.