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Forum: Diavlog comments 01-03-2012, 07:36 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 19,570
Posted By benjy
Re: Means and Ends (Joshua Cohen & Glenn Loury)

So sorry to hear about your loss, Glenn, and your illness, Josh. You've enriched all of our lives here, and it really is a privilege to be able to listen in on such rich discussion and deep analysis...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-03-2011, 07:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 18,192
Posted By benjy
Re: Penny For Your Thoughts (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

Just wanted to second the calls for some kind of donation or subscription drive; I think I recall Bob saying the numbers for some dv's were in the five figures--if even a tenth of those are regular...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-20-2011, 02:24 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 11,036
Posted By benjy
Re: Values Added: Occupy, Inc. (David Roberts & Julian Sanchez)

Excellent discussion. What I like so much about it, as indeed so many diavlogs, is that it goes much farther away from the binaries that simplistic discussions get trapped in, and flushes out more...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-26-2011, 07:58 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 16,519
Posted By benjy
Re: David's analysis of free will/determinism

In reply to eeeeeeeli--what whburgess said :)
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-24-2011, 01:04 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 16,519
Posted By benjy
David's analysis of free will/determinism

It was exciting to hear David's ideas about free will, which have seemed to me for a while the right way of thinking about the issue--that it's just an error (no doubt with the historical origins...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-22-2010, 01:32 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 24,965
Posted By benjy
Re: Men Behaving Badly (Robert Wright & Alex Gibney)

Is it not a no-brainer that if our representatives are spending inordinate amounts of their time raising the (relative to our government budget) peanuts they need to run their campaigns...and trading...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-03-2010, 10:28 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,320
Posted By benjy
Re: Commenter Court: Consequential Edition (Robert Wright & Aryeh Cohen-Wade)

I think Larry Lessig was one of the participants--check out the TED talk of his I linked to above...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 08-03-2010, 03:25 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,906
Posted By benjy
Re: Requested Topics Thread

I've been advised by bjkeefe that I should repost this here to make sure it moves efficiently through the bureaucracy straight to the powers that be...

There's recently been a sufficient...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-03-2010, 03:12 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,320
Posted By benjy
Re: Commenter Court: Consequential Edition (Robert Wright & Aryeh Cohen-Wade)

Thanks bj, I'll do that. And you actually remember suggesting that to me at some point in the few comments I posted months or maybe years ago? I'm touched!
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-03-2010, 03:03 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,320
Posted By benjy
Re: Commenter Court: Consequential Edition (Robert Wright & Aryeh Cohen-Wade)

By a clear act of divine intervention, right after replying to Wonderment, what do I see in my inbox but this http://lessig.blip.tv/file/3945764/ link to the best summation of the argument I've seen...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-03-2010, 01:36 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,320
Posted By benjy
Re: Commenter Court: Consequential Edition (Robert Wright & Aryeh Cohen-Wade)

OK, so how 'bout we petition Bob to arrange more discussions/write more about public financing as a possible solution? Presumably there'd be some response eventually from the Bloggingheads brass if...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-03-2010, 02:27 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,320
Posted By benjy
Re: Commenter Court: Consequential Edition (Robert Wright & Aryeh Cohen-Wade)

Thanks for the tips--inserted a couple more of them newfangled devices for easier reading. Sorry, I should've made some note of the fact that this comment wasn't really written for other commenters...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-02-2010, 08:56 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,320
Posted By benjy
Re: Commenter Court: Consequential Edition (Robert Wright & Aryeh Cohen-Wade)

There's recently been a sufficient confluence of statements on BhTV to motivate me to finally write in on a topic that it seems IMHO gets much less discussion than its importance to the way the world...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-28-2010, 11:18 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 21,169
Posted By benjy
Re: The State of the Union (Josh Cohen & Glenn Loury)

What last year, and the coming year, and passing legislation in this country in general come down to is the filibuster. That's it really. There's tons of other things we can discuss, all...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-26-2010, 12:50 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 11,327
Posted By benjy
Re: Atavistic Edition (Michelle Goldberg & Matt Welch)

For all the incredible amount of hours and words we spend talking and fretting about the trials and tribulations of our politics, its pretty simple really--if we want a government that responds...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-25-2010, 05:31 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 31,523
Posted By benjy
Re: Obama's Political Crisis (Joan Walsh & Joe Klein)

This is all interesting and cogent analysis, and yes there are strategic things Obama could have done differently and should do differently in the future, he needs to show more political courage, the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-22-2010, 10:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 10,363
Posted By benjy
Re: The Week in Blog: Straight to Dessert (Bill Scher & Matt Lewis)

So, what to do if we want to protect free speech broadly, a laudable goal, and also have a government that responds fairly to the needs of constituents at all income levels, and is a true...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-22-2010, 03:52 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 16,975
Posted By benjy
Re: Citizens United (Mark Schmitt & Heather Gerken)

As they say at the end, instead of all our futile and convoluted efforts to level down, when you can't stop water or money flowing downstream toward sources it wants to move to, what we need to do is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-29-2009, 12:19 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 26,853
Posted By benjy
Re: Snork Edition (Will Wilkinson & James Poulos)

OK, so we're on the same page about the goals to pursue, but differ on whether there's only one way to enhance welfare... Of course innovation and productivity gains are tremendously important--no...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-29-2009, 11:28 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 26,853
Posted By benjy
Re: Snork Edition (Will Wilkinson & James Poulos)

The constitution doesn't guarantee a right too food yet we have food stamps. Why? Because we decide that we're willing to use some resources taken from people who have more of them to help people...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-19-2009, 01:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,536
Posted By benjy
Re: The Week in Blog: Backlash (Tim Fernholz & Matt Lewis)

So lame to pull out "there you go again" to get out of having to actually defend your position or admit you're wrong. Of course a hard core ideologue would never admit he's wrong about anything, so...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-20-2009, 07:31 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 59,577
Posted By benjy
Re: Nuance (Michelle Goldberg & Ann Althouse)

Ann, people who watch blogginheads are generally the type who are more interested in getting the correct answer (which generally involves a combination of points, often some made by each person in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-08-2009, 05:45 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 44,173
Posted By benjy
Re: The Week in Blog: Live From Terminal C (Rachel Sklar & Matt Lewis)

Yes, you're clearly not a nutter :) But you still didn't really respond to the issues at hand--you could get your gun for protection with common sense regualtion and screening, so why is the NRA...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-07-2009, 11:27 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 44,173
Posted By benjy
Re: The Week in Blog: Live From Terminal C (Rachel Sklar & Matt Lewis)

Thanks BJ, for pointing out A)The inanity of the Twitter craze (Yay, more trivial yammering in the world! Exciting!!)

And B)the silliness of Matt's absolutist 2nd amendment argument (not to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-24-2009, 06:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 27,778
Posted By benjy
Re: Israel's Future

Gershom whups some bootay :)
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