The University of California system is walking away from Elsevier: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-terminates-subscriptions-worlds-largest-scientific-publisher-push-open-access-publicly
The Loon doubts any other consortium in the US has a greater chance of pulling off this level of defiance. She wishes California well.
Bear in mind, Burke's not just saying there should be some third party to judge in legal disputes between people. He's using that as a general principle to argue against democracy, on grounds that it lets people put forward their own interests. They gave up that right, he argues — or, rather, their ancestors have it up on their behalf.
Burke: "One of the first motives to civil society, and which becomes one of its fundamental rules, is *that no man should be judge in his own cause.* By this each person has at once divested himself of the first fundamental right of uncovenanted man, that is, to judge for himself, and to assert his own cause. He abdicated all right to be his own governor. […] That he may obtain justice he gives up his right of determining what it is in the points most essential to him."
This book is wild.
Apparently, a point of dispute in contemporary philosophy is over the question of whether pleasure and pain can be defined in terms of our attitudes to the experiences that produce them. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11098-019-01255-7
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Disabled a porn account. There are plenty of other instances for that if you need hosting.
@lrhodes it gets worse once one realizes most of those spreadsheets concern advertising sales.
"We know that the British house of commons, without shutting its doors to any merit in any class, is, by the sure operation of adequate causes, filled with every thing illustrious in rank, in descent, in hereditary and in acquired opulence, in cultivated talents, in military, civil, naval, and politic distinction, that the country can afford." Well, that goes without saying.
If anyone would like to follow some of the same journals, I've uploaded them to my site as an opml, which you can import into most RSS readers. h/t to @dgold for the suggestion.
Download it here: http://lrhodes.net/assets/files/open_access_academic_journals.opml.xml
These are specifically feeds for open access articles, so you shouldn't hit any paywalls. And if you have any suggestions for other journals that have an RSS feed for open access articles, do let me know!
The House may VOTE this week on HJ Res 46, which would terminate the national emergency declared by POTUS over security at the Southern border.
REPORTED out of committee, HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, may come before the House for a vote this week. It would close loopholes that allow the purchase of firearms without a background check.
I can't help but wonder how much of the modern conservative's mental association of radicalism with Jewish ethnicity can be traced back to the fact that Richard Price preached self-rule in a meeting-house in the Jewish quarter of London, and Burke used Old Jewry as a synecdoche for French-influenced London radicalism.
Started #reading Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, often cited as one of the philosophical bases of modern conservatism, and hoo boy, it certainly is A Document.
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