– The biggest news today, the election in Iraq, seems to have gone better than I would have dreamed. It’s no secret that I don’t think that the Bush administration has much to be proud of. But they deserve credit, along with the courageous Iraqi voters, for the first real elections in half a century. When Bush said that the terrorist hostility to the elections showed the emptiness of their vision, he was exactly right.
Iraq isn’t out of the woods. There may come a time when we look back and see how the elections made inevitable the Iraqi civil war/ next brutal strongman/ rise of our robot overlords. However, let the record show that, as of 1/30/05, I certainly didn’t have any better ideas.
– On the subject of forced investments in ideologically offensive companies, Greg Klass has a paper on the “compelled subsidization doctrine”, which holds that entities have a First Amendment right against being forced to subsidize speech with which they disagree. He writes, “If one could make out the case that limiting investment options “compels” investment in certain companies (because it prevents you from investing only in the high-return companies whose speech/policies you agree with), it would be possible to extend this odd First Amendment doctrine to the SS privitization proposals.” – I believe that there was only one other response from an mp3 blogger to the “greatest hits that never were” challenge: Keith at Teaching the Indie Kids to Dance Again recommends (and posts) a few great poppy tracks by the short-lived punk band Osker.