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Norman Geras, 1943-2013

Norman Geras, scholar and blogger extraordinaire, has passed.

Geras: Apologists Amongst Us

Norman Geras has an excellent piece on the modern appeasement movement in today’s Guardian, “There are apologists amongst us.” […] It needs to be seen and said clearly: there are, among us, apologists for what the killers do. They make more difficult the fight to defeat them. The plea will be – it always is […]

U.S. Intelligence Sources Confirm Malaysia Airlines Flight Hit By Surface-To-Air Missile

Someone took down a Boeing 777 over Ukraine today.

Malaysia Airlines 777 Crashes In Eastern Ukraine, May Have Been Shot Down

Another incident involving a Malaysia Airlines 777, but this one could be far more serious.

Redefining Marriage

Jeff Jacoby claims that marriage cannot be redefined.

Spreading Democracy by Force? Of Course!

Should we spread liberal democracy by force? If necessary!

American Life Within Living Memory

It’s worth reminding ourselves, in a country where so many are trying to figure out the best way to keep excess fat off our bodies, how recently abject poverty was widespread here

Debating In A Civil Society

Screaming at one another and treating political opponents as enemies doesn’t seem to be getting us anywhere. But is there a realistic alternative?

Twitter Not Just About Lunch

Norm Geras remains baffled at the Twitter phenomenon.  Responding to a column by Nicholas Lezard, Norm asks: (1) Why would I want to record my daily activities for other people to follow? (2) Why would I want to follow the detailed doings of anyone else over the course of a day, and another day, and […]

I Got Nothin’

The combination of a busy day at the office and a slow news day on the domestic policy front have rather limited my blogging today.   Norman Geras knows the feeling: If you’re a blogger and you’re honest, then you’ll admit to the fact that you’re often looking for connections. ‘Connections?’ you ask. Connections. On a […]

Books in a Blog World

Norm Geras points us to LAT book editor David Ulin‘s essay lamenting the “lost art of reading,” specifically the difficulty in concentrating well and long enough to read books.   Norm says it’s easy:  “You get a book. You switch off various things. If it helps, you close the door. Then you sit down and read. […]

You Know You Got it When You’re Going Insane

Norm Geras (who just celebrated his 6th blogging anniversary) points us to this hilariously annoying SPIEGEL interview with Wired editor Chris Anderson: SPIEGEL: Mr. Anderson, let’s talk about the future of journalism. Anderson: This is going to be a very annoying interview. I don’t use the word journalism. SPIEGEL: Okay, how about newspapers? They are […]

If You’re Gonna Play the White House, There’s Gotta be a Fiddle in the Band

“I know folks think I’m a city boy, but I do appreciate listening to country music. It’s about folks telling their life story the best way they know how.” – President Barack Obama Via Norm Geras, I see that the president hosted Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, and Charley Pride as part of the White House […]

Language Shapes Thought

Stanford neuroscientist Lera Boroditsky passes along the consensus in her field that “people who speak different languages do indeed think differently and that even flukes of grammar can profoundly affect how we see the world.” She provides a fascinating example: Follow me to Pormpuraaw, a small Aboriginal community on the western edge of Cape York, […]

Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother’s Day

Sometimes, it takes a British Marx scholar to provide obvious-in-hindsight commentaries on American culture.  Norm Geras is right to celebrate Jerry Jeff Walker’s barroom anthem as a Mother’s Day classic. He was born in Oklahoma, His wife’s name’s Betty Lou Thelma Liz And he’s not responsible for what he’s doing Cause his mother made him […]

Quote of the Day – Aging Edition

“[T]he first time I became aware of my mom’s age, she was 32. . . . 32 is an age that became, as it were, parental for me. Now, when I arrived in Manchester, having just ceased to be a student, and took up my job as a junior lecturer, I was 24. And 24 […]

Wikipedia: Good Enough

Oliver Kamm declares himself “an enemy of Wikipedia” because its “purpose is to secure consensus rather than accuracy.”  Norm Geras demurs: This is a metaphysical rather than practical objection. In matters of information, of truth and falsehood, I, too, am for accuracy. But when I go to Wikipedia I am not doing philosophy, I am […]

Roberts Corrects Framers’ Grammar

Via Norman Geras, I see that Steven Pinker has a plausible yet amusing explanation for Chief Justice John Roberts’ bungling of the presidential oath of office. How could a famous stickler for grammar have bungled that 35-word passage, among the best-known words in the Constitution? Conspiracy theorists and connoisseurs of Freudian slips have surmised that […]

Harry Potter Best Fantasy Series Ever?

Sophie Masson argues that J.K. Rowling is a “genius” and that her Harry Potter series surpasses the work of the “great fantasy authors, such as [C.S.] Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman.” All of these books share the great themes of good and evil and the quest for wisdom and love. Their authors also share […]

Normblog Spawns WWII Reunion

Norm Geras recently received an email from a reader which wound up re-uniting two D-Day vets: their two dads.

Smoker Tries To Open Plane Door

Sadrine Helene Sellies, while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, tried to open the door of an airplane (while in flight*) to have a smoke. Smoker Tries To Open Plane Door (SkyNews) A woman drunkenly tried to open a plane’s emergency exit door during a flight so she could have a crafty cigarette. Sadrine […]

Polite West May Lose War on Terror

Daniel Finkelstein has a rather provocative thesis: The West may lose the war on terror because we’re too willing to seek understanding of the motives of others. Politeness in the photocopier queue is why we’re losing the War on Terror (Times of London) […] It is quite common to make this point and to argue […]

Terrorists Hit London Transportation System

A series of terrorist attacks hit the public transportation system in London during the morning rush hour. Multiple explosions rock London (CNN) Near simultaneous explosions rocked the London Underground network and at least one bus at the morning rush hour, police said, causing fatalities and prompting officials to shut down the entire underground transport network. […]

Normblog Profile 76: Steven Taylor

Norman Geras profiles PoliBlog’s Steven Taylor.

Fascists and Nazis, Democrats and Republicans

Albert Scardino has a piece in the Guardian entitled, “1-0 in the propaganda war–How the right played the fascism card against Islam.” Fascism is coming back into fashion, at least in the propaganda wars. For the right, it comes in the shape of a new word: “islamofascism”. That conflates all the elements into one image: […]

OTB: 2004 Year in Review

OTB went through some exciting changes in 2004, including a conversion to WordPress; taking on advertsing with BlogAds, Google Adsense, and Adure thereby diminishing the site’s asthetic appeal but generating significant revenue; and the addition of several additional authors to the site. On a personal note, I got substantial blogospheric help in my job search, […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

The daily linkfest: Megan McArdle explains why, if you love nature, you should got out and shoot some animals. Barry Ritholtz notes that the music industry doesn’t understand how to market music. Norman Geras is pleased that President Bush is looking at polls selectively. Terry Oglesby knows a certain NBC replacement anchor he won’t be […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

The Monday linkfest: Dan Drezner is offering readers a chance to vote on the direction of his blog. Barry Ritholz passes on word that HDTV may kill DVD (Like video killed the radio star? -ed.). Norman Geras ponders the unlikely popularity of “Shawshank Redemption” on its 10th anniversity. Phil Carter has passed the one million […]

Beltway Traffic Jam

Today’s linkfest: Tim Cavanaugh notes that we always get over it. Andrew Cline differentiates between information and knowledge.

Profiles in Blogging

Norman Geras has made me the subject of normblog profile 23.

Beltway Traffic Jam

Kathy Kinsley needs work–she does web design and related work. Backcountry Conservative got its 50,000th visit today from a loyal reader looking for Kobe Bryant accuser pictures. The Southern Appeal gang have numerous posts on the elusive 9th Amendment. Bill Hobbs has an interesting post on John Kerry’s first book–which can be had for a […]


Norman Geras has moved his cleverly-named normblog off the accursed Blog*Spot onto TypePad. Go pay him a visit at his new digs.


Norman Geras‘ poll of Top 10 15 Country Artists of All Time is up. Some interesting results, with many nods to the pioneers of the genre as well as some alternative stylists. Seven of the fifteen were on my list of ten.


Kevin Drum has kindly listed me along with other right-of-center bloggers who are “definitely not idiots, and they frequently have interesting things to say.” (If I ever start putting endorsement blurbs on my sidebar, “definitely not [an] idiot” will certainly be near the top!) One of his commenters wonders if a conservative blogger has ever […]


Norman Geras wishes to remind everyone of his important research, with which he’s soliciting your assistance: Since I’m back on the subject of country music, let me just add this. If you don’t like country music, fine, that’s your business. But if you do like it, and you’ve seen my call for submissions to the […]


Norman Geras is taking a page out of John Hawkin’s book. He is conducting a poll of the Top 15 Country Music Stars of all time for which he’s soliciting e-mailed answers. I’ll compile and send mine later. He also remarks on a poll for the Best German of All Time (run by The Guardian […]


Edward Said‘s latest idiocy is getting slammed by Norman Geras and Brad DeLong. Norman takes to task this statement, It is surely one of the intellectual catastrophes of history that an imperialist war confected by a small group of unelected US officials was waged against a devastated third world dictatorship on thoroughly ideological grounds having […]


It ain’t right. Norman Geras has been blogging for less than three days and already he has had an InstaLanche and several other mentions from big name bloggers. I mean, sure, he’s a highly respected political theorist at the University of Manchester who’s been publishing influential books since I was in grade school. But he’s […]


OTB has been linked by four more sites: Notrious B.L.O.G. A Little More to the Right Ipse Dixit The Spoons Experience Normblog Thanks to all, especially Norman Geras for including me on his inaugural list–the blog just started today.