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July 25, 2003

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Friedrich --

* Tyler Green at Modern Art Notes (here) points out that the first-rate (and largely jargon-free) British art magazine Modern Painters has a revamped website here. They don't give much away for free, that's for sure. But there's enough on display so surfers can do a little taste-testing.

* Readers perplexed (as I often am) by the way the words "liberal" and "conservative" get used in America might find this passage from Jonah Goldberg's current column (here) helpful:

In America it's true that conservatives want to defend traditional arrangements but our traditional arrangements are defined by classically liberal institutions. This is why Hayek admired American conservatives even though he distrusted European ones because American conservatives are determined to defend the institutions which keep us free. American liberals are determined to protect the "advances" they believe keep us "progressive."

* A new blog-discovery for me, Gerard Van der Leun's American Digest (here) has a freewheeling, recess-time quality that I find hard to resist. Long on brains, information and ideas, too. For fun displays of blogging fireworks, try this posting on the anti-war poets (here), or this one on what Gerard amusingly calls "media-induced ADD" (here)

* In his Home Video column for the NYTimes (here), Peter Nichols includes some useful reminders about how important the DVD/videocassette markets are for moviemakers. In the first half of the year, video revenue was up 16% even while box office receipts were down by 4 percent. "Movies routinely make more money (sometimes twice as much) on video than in theaters," Nichols writes.



posted by Michael at July 25, 2003


I can't get to the Jonah Goldberg column you mention; the link seems to have expired, or something. What I did find was a guest column by David Dieteman who claims that Hayek himself sailed under a different flag:

In "Why I am Not a Conservative," the postscript to The Constitution of Liberty, Hayek characterizes conservatism as the "habitual resistance to change," and liberalism as the view which cherishes individual liberty (p. 397). Hayek calls his version of liberalism Whiggism "the name for the only set of ideals that has consistently opposed all arbitrary power"

Somehow, I'm not so sure that this is going to catch on, but I'll keep it in mind.

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on July 27, 2003 3:01 AM

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