– Mark Steyn:
A 2,700-page law is not a "law" by any civilized understanding of the term. Law rests on the principle of equality before it. When a bill is 2,700 pages, there’s no equality: Instead, there’s a hierarchy of privilege microregulated by an unelected, unaccountable, unconstrained, unknown and unnumbered bureaucracy. It’s not just that the legislators who legislate it don’t know what’s in it, nor that the citizens on the receiving end can ever hope to understand it, but that even the nation’s most eminent judges acknowledge that it is beyond individual human comprehension.
– If hate crimes were objectively defined, most of them would be committed by blacks.
– More good reviews of Pinker
– Bryan Caplan defends your right to sell yourself into slavery. Maybe?
– As DC gentrifies, Prince George’s County Maryland deteriorates. There’s only a few comments to the article, but the commenters seems to understand what’s going on.
– Most interesting news I’ve read in a while.
– "Civilization is never quite destroyed as long as it can be remembered; we conserve by commemorating, not by collecting votes" Joseph Sobran
– Do people include costs like this when they measure the costs of illegal immigration? My guess is no.
– At Volokh, there’s a guest blogger writing about affirmative action.
. . . they found that 54% of black men at Duke who, as freshmen, had been interested in STEM fields or economics, had switched out of those fields before graduation; the comparative rate for white men was 8%. Importantly, they found that “these cross-race differences in switching patterns can be fully explained by differences in academic background.” In other words, preferences – not race – was the culprit.