February 26, 2006

Lazy Sunday


Reason's Julian Sanchez piles on to Fukuyama's critique of neoconservatism. His analysis, I think, is even better in that it's 1) shorter and 2) more focused on the actual implementation of neoconservative ideology.

You think conservatives have no power in the Ivy League? Meet Princeton's Robby George. [Also, be sure to meet Amherst's Hadley Arkes, who in 1994 pledged to "respect the rights of conscience of my fellow citizens who believe that the killing of abortionists is sometimes a tragic necessity--not a good, but a lesser evil." He's one of Robby George's buddies.] If extremists like these can get a job in academia, I fail to see how liberal bias can be a universal excuse for the paucity of conservatives in academia.

A shortish essay challenging many of the received notions about Barry Goldwater's standing in the conservative tradition.

"[M]any of the ways we feel good actually limit the possibilities for living the way we want to live our lives," says psychologist Steven Hayes, touting his new book, "Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life," which is a lot more serious and less self-helpy than its title suggests. Hayes presents a ridiculously simple thesis: we seek ways of feeling good instead of ways of "liv[ing] good." But that simplicity is, I guess, bracing to many people. Beneath a mountain of psychobabble, I think Hayes clearly has a point.

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