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Monday, March 08, 2004

From Crooked Timber:
Dad's Nuke
Posted by Henry

Building from Belle’s post [http://examinedlife.typepad.com/johnbelle/2004/03/if_wishes_were_.html] on end-state anarcho-libertarianism, a question for the floor. Everyone’s favorite libertarian SF author, Vernor Vinge, makes the case for private ownership of nuclear weapons as an important bulwark of liberty in his short story, “The Ungoverned” (it can be found in his recent Collected Stories). If you’re a serious anarcho-libertarian, do you agree that individuals should be able to have their very own nukes? If you disagree, on what grounds do you justify your disagreement? Discuss.
Posted on March 7, 2004 08:20 PM UTC
http://www.crookedtimber.org/archives/001478.html
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From Crooked Timber:
....For instance, conservatives in general might claim the whole tradition of western classical music for themselves, while quietly ignoring the fact that, throughout history, your common or garden conservative can reliably be found bemoaning the appalling quality of serious music since the year n — 75, for all values of n. Those on the left, meanwhile, will have to work hard to distance themselves from the output of the troops of the Folk Song Army. Perhaps we should be asking which are the best explicitly political songs. A related question is which country has the best National Anthem. France edges it, I think, over South Africa (too long) and the United States (too hard to sing). God Save the Queen is clearly the worst, a judgment made compelling both by the anthem’s non-existent musical merits and the fact that English fans would rather sing a spiritual written about an exhausted, enslaved people longing for the sweet release of death [Swing Low, Sweet Chariot].
Posted on March 8, 2004 09:50 AM UTC
[Followed by over 30 comments, some interesting]
http://www.crookedtimber.org/archives/001480.html

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