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Same-Sex Marriage is Marriage: The Argument from the Merits

Same-Sex Marriage is Marriage: The Argument from the Merits

I’d like to talk about the arguments for and against same-sex marriage – the so-called “merits” of the case. The legal arguments surrounding Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision to strike down proposition 8 are complex and interesting. The political gambles made [...]

August 9, 2010 Culture and Campus Issues, National, Soapbox Blog
ACE Forum: Class-Based Affirmative Action, Round 2

ACE Forum: Class-Based Affirmative Action, Round 2

Penn Political Review has joined with other college political publications to form the Alliance of Collegiate Editors (ACE), hoping to generate cross-campus dialogue on political issues. The first topic we will discuss is class-based affirmative action. This is the second [...]

August 4, 2010 Campus Issues, Culture and Campus Issues, Soapbox Blog
Build the Mosque

Build the Mosque

I wasn’t going to comment on the issue, but apparently it’s not going away. Today’s New York Times ran a story on the continuing saga of Córdoba House, known to most of us as the “Ground Zero Mosque.” A new [...]

July 31, 2010 Culture and Campus Issues, National, Soapbox Blog
The View From Your Illusion

The View From Your Illusion

[Update: Andrew Sullivan has walked back some of the things I’m responding to below. I don’t think that alters my point of view on the matter terribly, but it does remind me that Sullivan is willing to change strongly-held opinions [...]

July 27, 2010 Culture and Campus Issues, National, Soapbox Blog
Gay Marriage in — Argentina??

Gay Marriage in — Argentina??

By Ned Shell Argentina, a country that is 92% Catholic and, at least outside of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires and Córdoba, quite conservative (by American standards), has done something only 5 of 50 American states have managed to do after years [...]

July 23, 2010 Culture and Campus Issues, Global, Soapbox Blog
Whew. Now I Can Sleep Soundly in the Knowledge that Hobbes was Wrong About Monarchy

Whew. Now I Can Sleep Soundly in the Knowledge that Hobbes was Wrong About Monarchy

Most people who have heard of Hobbes, it seems to me, know him only as an advocate of monarchy. They probably also know his famous phrase describing life without government: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Also, they’ve probably made [...]

June 27, 2010 Culture and Campus Issues, Soapbox Blog
Affirmative Action and the SAT

Affirmative Action and the SAT

Racial diversity is a fascinating subject to me, especially that now (I think) the culture wars of the 90s have simmered down somewhat, and we may be able to discuss the issue with a degree of sanity. If only we [...]

June 24, 2010 Campus Issues, Culture and Campus Issues, National, Soapbox Blog
Work AND Life. Not Or.

Work AND Life. Not Or.

New Ordinary Gentleman Lisa Kramer (“gentleman” now being neuter, thankfully) has some advice about the home and work. After pointing out to the Front Porcher crowd that the ideal of self-sufficiency and withdrawal from corporate/consumer culture isn’t realistic for most [...]

June 11, 2010 Culture and Campus Issues, Soapbox Blog
Descartes is Lame

Descartes is Lame

I’ve finished the first chapter of my summer reading project. I have read Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy, along with several commentary essays on Descartes and on the Meditations particularly (from the Cambridge Companion to Descartes). He wrote widely about [...]

June 6, 2010 Culture and Campus Issues, Soapbox Blog
In Which I Compare The Drinking Age to Property Qualifications

In Which I Compare The Drinking Age to Property Qualifications

OK, so this has nothing to do with Descartes’ Meditations. But while I was pondering the implications of the famous “I think, therefore I am,” I came upon this blurb at Inside Higher Ed, alerting me to this article on [...]

June 4, 2010 Campus Issues, Culture and Campus Issues, National, Soapbox Blog