Justin Katz

Flipping the Bird of Power Dynamics

By Justin Katz | July 17, 2007 |

MRH recites a productive argument 14 comments into my previous post (emphasis his): I understand that no one wants to be called a bigot, but it’s really dancing right on the edge of offensive when a white guy claims that being accused of bigotry is like a black man being called a “nigger” by a…

Surviving a Stroll Through the Dunes

By Justin Katz | July 16, 2007 |

I’m thrilled to report that Rocco DiPippo is back on American soil. It would seem that his time in Iraq has done much to mellow his writing: There is no longer any doubt about it–the Democratic Party is rushing to cause the defeat of the US in Iraq. And why not? Without the complete failure…

Eight Intense Minutes

By Justin Katz | July 16, 2007 |

Buffalo versus lion versus crocodile. Umm. Would one describe the results as “a herd, not a pack”?

“Bigot” as the New N-Word

By Justin Katz | July 16, 2007 |

Christians in Massachusetts, having been excluded from the governmental discussion about what marriage means in their state by the process whereby the definition was changed (and, I would add, having watched as Catholic adoption agencies closed their doors because the state would make no accommodation of their beliefs with respect to clientele) are concerned that…

Becoming the Bad Guy in Massachusetts

By Justin Katz | July 15, 2007 |

Michael Pakaluk has a suggestion as to the effects on upstanding citizens when legal elites begin dictating their social views: Suppose you are a decent family man, not unlike David Parker in Arlington, working hard at a job and trying to raise a family. You take it for granted, as something unquestioned, that only a…

The Popular Vote Thing

By Justin Katz | July 13, 2007 |

The spreading of the popular vote notion from presidential politics to senatorial, here on Anchor Rising, has brought out the shadow of a key principle that is in danger of being forgotten in our coastal parochialism. The U.S. Senate is constructed as it is partly to capitalize on the diversity of a (small-r) republican nation.…

Out of Our Blog

By Justin Katz | July 7, 2007 |

Upon the first mention of the notion that I’m about to put forward, Mac provided the humorous, self-deflating title of “Anchor Reclining.” The basic idea is that the contributors to Anchor Rising — including commenters — ought to do more than transform pixels into arguments. We ought to meet. Converse. And we should probably do…

What’s in a Catch Phrase?

By Justin Katz | July 3, 2007 |

Kiersten Marek offers a rare opportunity to highlight — in productive, conversational terms — what liberals and conservatives see differently in one of the topics over which they wrangle: I know some at Anchorrising.com and the head of the Rhode Island Republican party, Giovanni Cicione, complain of the strong poverty advocacy lobby in the state,…

Talking About Wealth and Wedges

By Justin Katz | July 1, 2007 |

Partly as an excuse to fiddle with the technology, I’ve recorded an MP3 reading of some musings about being a carpenter on the Bellevue/Ocean Drive beat (available as a stream or a download).

Taking the Bishop’s Cue

By Justin Katz | July 1, 2007 |

For those who might have missed it (whether by accident or by design), I’ve got a piece in today’s Providence Journal that considers some of the discussion that Bishop Tobin’s reflections on Rudy Giuliani inspired.