Repost-Philip Bobbitt Discusses His Book ‘Terror And Consent’ On Bloggingheads

Full diavlog here.

Not a war on terror, but wars on terror.  A deep, interesting discussion of terrorism, nationhood, law, political structures and war.

Bobbit’s professional focus is Constitutional Law.  His faculty page is here, his book here.  A NY Times review here, (a pretty good job), which has the last lines:

There is also a tragic consciousness overshadowing it, evident in the fragments of poetry Mr. Bobbitt cites throughout. He quotes St. Augustine, calling the looming task “mournful work”: “sustaining relative good in the face of greater evil.

**It might be worth revisiting, whatever the outcome of the Boston Marathon Bombing, and how we proceed. 
Addition:  Freedom and security.  Ross Douthat has an interesting post here (with a sobering link to Richard Clarke’s 2005 piece imagining a 2nd wave of Al Qaeda attacks):
‘It would be difficult, no doubt, for even a highly effective terrorist organization to pull off atrocities like yesterday’s bombing — carried out against a high profile target in a major city, with cops and security cameras all around — on a consistent basis without getting rolled up fairly quickly. But I agree with James Joyner and Megan McArdle: In a country as vast as the U.S.A., where Israeli-style security measures would be unmanageable and unimaginable, a highly effective terror campaign (as opposed to the lone-wolf one-offs we’ve experienced) wouldn’t require genius planning, massive amounts of capital, or highly sophisticated material; it would just require guns, crude bombs and (crucially) manpower.’

Ira Stoll At Newsmax: ‘America’s Culture Of Compliance’

Full piece here.

Living off the grain in the silo can’t be the best way forward.  To some people who get in the silo, it must seem like they won’t have to eat again.  Many others are following the incentives created:

‘Indeed, if there is a single fact that sums up the state of American political economy at the present moment, it is this: the Boston office building once home to Inc. Magazine and Fast Company, which chronicled and celebrated small and fast-growing businesses, is now the headquarters of a publication called “Compliance Week.”’

Related On This Site: Mead takes a look at the blue model (the old progressive model) from the ground up in NYC to argue that it’s simply not working.  Check out his series at The American Interest.

Once broader ideas of the public good take hold, they tend to lead to greater claims of the public square, and view market activity as an animal to be harnessed: Amartya Sen In The New York Review Of Books: Capitalism Beyond The Crisis

Tom Palmer From Cato@Liberty: ‘Crony Capitalism’

From World Affairs Via A & L Daily: Jagdish Bagwhati’s ‘Feeble Critiques: Capitalism’s Petty Detractors’