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Columns by Lee McCracken

The Fallacy of Composition
Lee McCracken 2004-03-11 16:00
Thomas Sowell is usually one of the most sensible commentators around, but I fear he goes badly astray in a recent column entitled 'The problem with the gay marriage issue.' Sowell says that the real issue is not gay marriage per se, but 'who should decide such issues -- that is, what kind of country and what kind of government do we have or want to have?' This is the standard 'conservative'...
Two Cheers for Ralph Nader
Lee McCracken 2004-03-02 16:00
I have to admit to taking some pleasure in Ralph Nader's entry into the 2004 presidential race, however quixotic his campaign might seem. The wailing and gnashing of teeth that came from the 'respectable' left alone is worth it. Nader has a delightful habit of pointing out the hypocrisy of mainstream liberalism in its utter dependence on special interest groups and corporate cash. More...
The End of Conservatism
Lee McCracken 2003-11-11 16:00
It may be one of history's little ironies that the administration of George W. Bush'lambasted by its critics as 'extremist,' 'right-wing,' and 'ultra-conservative''appears hell-bent on destroying whatever remains of traditional conservatism.
Therapy Culture and Counterculture
Lee McCracken 2003-10-01 15:00
One of the bloggers at directs us to this piece by Damian Thompson in the Daily Telegraph. It's about a forthcoming book called Therapy Culture: Cultivating Vulnerability in an Uncertain Age by Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent . And it tells us a great deal about one of the major threats to liberty in our time.
The Epistemology of War
Lee McCracken 2003-06-30 15:00
Many who supported the war with Iraq are now shocked'shocked!'to discover that they may have been misled about the existence of huge stockpiles of Iraqi WMD waiting to be unleashed on the American public. What is really shocking is that so many people were convinced this was true in the first place. Not to say that it might not be true, but what reason did we have to think it was true? How did we...
Rick Santorum and the Myth of a Morally Neutral Government
Lee McCracken 2003-04-27 15:00
One almost feels sorry for Rick Santorum. Could the Republican Senator from Pennsylvania have foreseen the firestorm that is currently brewing around his comments on homosexuality and sodomy laws? Of course, given the recent public shellacking administered to his colleague, Trent Lott, maybe he should have expected it.
The Killjoy Political Boycott
Lee McCracken 2003-04-20 15:00
I remember in college encountering many a left-winger who had a ready mental list of proscribed products. Products that he or she boycotted because of some moral or political stain that attached to them. Some of the popular causes that inspired these boycotts were animal experimentation, un-P.C. hiring practices, and nefarious dealings in various third-world countries.
Sovereignty, Exit Rights and Libertarianism
Lee McCracken 2003-04-17 15:00
One of the arguments against the recent war in Iraq was that to invade another country that had not attacked us first would be a violation of that country's sovereignty. Prior to the war, retiring House Majority Leader Dick Armey summed up the argument this way: 'As long as he [Saddam] behaves himself within his own borders, we should not be addressing any attack or resources against him." The...