Saturday, January 17, 2004

Brian Leiter links approvingly to this bit on epistemology and the left/right divide. It's witty, and in terms of Washington politics it's just fine, but it goes nowhere towards understanding conservatism or the conservative impulse. As Spencer Coxe, the founding director of the Philadelphia ACLU used to say: " The ACLU is a conservative institution." The notion of law itself is conservative. We need a more complex description of the history and roots of what we read as David Brooks' stupidity than Benjamin Hellie gives us. I would expect more from a 'philosopher.'