Didn’t get it right

Suppose you’re a high school senior who has never read any philosophy. You come across Ayn Rand’s non-fiction works. You start reading. Holy crap, you think, the history of Western thought is mystical, evasive misology and nonsense. Thank God  Galt that Rand has come along to save us. The only thing keeping us from falling into the Abyss is Rand’s stunning defense of reason and rights. I’d better donate some money to the Ayn Rand Institute and save Western civilization from imploding!

But now suppose you’re a college senior majoring in philosophy. You’ve read the history of philosophy and surveyed the contemporary academic landscape. Then you come across Rand. You start reading. Holy crap, you think, she has no idea what she’s talking about. She appears to misunderstand every major debate. Her way of describing other philosophers is almost entirely wrong. (A Randian reading this might respond, “Brennan, you aren’t proving to us that she’s wrong about philosophers. Where’s your argument? Well, yeah, you’re right that I didn’t insert here all my lecture notes about the history of Western philosophy.)

Via Ayn Rand’s “Philosophy: Who Needs It?” Is Bullshit @ BHL.

California Cop Pulls Gun On Man Recording Him

Now suspended –

Prior to pulling out my camera and hitting record this cop pulled slowly into my court then just stopped infront of my house for a good 30 seconds while I was trying to hook my boat up to my Excursion. I stood up and just watched him. He ever so slowly pulled away, circled the court opposite my house and then just parked facing my house. After an honest couple of minutes I pulled out my camera and pressed record. As minor as some would say it was, when I saw his gun gripped in his hand I really thought he was going to shoot me and claim my hand was in my pocket

Photography Still Not a Crime

“A few weeks later, Johnson got his phone back, and the charges against him—resisting and obstructing an arrest—were dropped. According to WTVD, the Wake Forest Police Department acknowledges that the officer who arrested Johnson “made a mistake” and says he “has been dealt with,” but it won’t discuss the matter further. Johnson is talking about…

School Bullies Young Photographer

“It turns out that the school’s “acceptable use policy” (AUP) doesn’t clearly apply to the situation at hand. The Lewisville Texan Journal has a wide-ranging account of the mess (which is ongoing) and has posted damning documents of the school’s bullying tactics. The school district’s communications person hasn’t gotten back to folks with pertinent information.…

Photography (Still) is Not a Crime

A federal appeals court has ruled that the public has the right to film cops in public and has reinstated a lawsuit against a local New Hampshire police department brought by a woman arrested for filming a traffic stop. The plaintiff in the case, Carla Gericke, was arrested on wiretapping allegations in 2010 for filming…

Local Policing and Point-of-View Cameras

There’s a story about my town’s (Whitewater, Wisconsin’s) decision to equip its on-patrol officers with point-of-view cameras. A small video camera will record officer interactions with residents. Reportedly, all interactions will be recorded, and at the end of each shift, officers [will] download all videos into a general file that would get deleted automatically after…

Photography really isn’t a crime

Over at the always-excellent PINAC (Photography is Not a Crime) website, Carlos Miller has videos of his aquittal at trial for the simple act of …. taking pictures on a public sidewalk as others were (and were allowed to do). Miller first posted on his aquittal on 11.8.12, and now has a video update from…