October 15, 2014

Quote of the Day

In doing so, [Ezra] Klein has neatly illustrated just how dangerously capricious and supple the Progressive Hierarchy of Pieties really is. I daresay that it is rather easy to be a "liberal" when liberalism lines up nicely with the prevailing sentiments of one's social cohorts. But it is much, much harder when it does not. Genuine "liberals" -- those in the tradition of John Locke and Adam Smith, and not of Herbert Croly or Rachel Maddow -- do not forsake timeless principle for last night's orthodoxy because, for them, due process is as important today as it was at the time of Magna Carta. Ezra Klein, by contrast, appears to be something of a weathervane. Forced to choose between the universal principles of the Enlightenment and the transient pressure of this year's moral panic, he plumped squarely for the latter. For shame. -- Charles C W Cooke
Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at October 15, 2014 3:05 PM

Ahh, yes, the "pure principle" that intoxicated females, the oppressed class du jour, are the nation's most valuable asset. So much so that they shall be granted the power of incarcerating males who have the audacity not to be interested in them while sober... or for whatever other damn reason their mercenary little hearts desire.

Or, as he puts it somewhat eerily later on, "ugly problems don’t always have pretty solutions."

That must be in the Declaration of Independence, 'cause I sure don't recognize it from any Article or Amendment of the Constitution. Pol Pot, call your office.

Posted by: johngalt at October 15, 2014 6:13 PM

Two Americas: (Il)liberals lament date rape, even in cases that are "genuinely unclear and maybe even unfair" while Joe Six Pack is treated to the tale of his birth.

Hubbada hubbada.

Posted by: johngalt at October 15, 2014 6:29 PM

Do we get $5 for every post into which I can leverage prohibition?

Reason suggests: How to Solve the Campus Rape Crisis: Lower the Drinking Age

What does the drinking age have to do with campus rape? Much. Most college undergraduates are under 21 and therefore unable to legally drink. And yet heavy alcohol consumption on the part of one or both students is a significant factor in nearly all sexual assault allegations. That's because the current drinking age doesn't actually stop teens from drinking. It merely changes where, and how much, they drink.

People who reach their 21st birthday may enjoy the right to drink casually: out in the open, during the day, at bars and restaurants, or anywhere else. But underage students who want to drink must take their chances in less socially regulated environments, like a friend of a friend's dorm room, the basement of an older student's house, or a fraternity party. Fraternities, in particular, offer dangerous drinking scenes for the underaged.

Posted by: jk at October 15, 2014 6:44 PM

On lowering the drinking age, we can call agree. It makes no sense that our 18 year old youth have all the legal responsibilities of adults, can be trusted to administered sophisticated weaponry, make split-second life-and-death decisions with said weaponry, yet can't be trusted with a beer.

Counter point, however, is that The Refugee's college days were spent when 3.2 beer was legal at age 18. Fact: you can get plenty drunk on 3.2 beer and binge drinking was every bit as rampant then as it is today. The Refugee's fraternity threw some spectacular parties. Hawaiian Night and Purple Passion were particularly popular. Luckily, we all woke up to tell the tale.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 16, 2014 12:54 AM

Kumbaya.

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