Apology in advance

I am in general a terribly constipated blogger. Actually, I don’t know whether I qualify as a “blogger” at all, given the infrequency of my expulsions. As I’ve developed a readership, I’ve come to consider publishing on this site a big deal, something not to be taken lightly. I abandon as many posts as I publish, and it’s rare that I publish a post on the same day I begin it. Sometimes it’s not even the same week. Though I love that people disagree, I feel terrible if I publish stuff that, after the fact, I myself decide is shoddy or mistaken. I feel terrible when I think I’ve misrepresented or failed to properly attribute other people, and usually make a time-consuming effort (which never turns out to be enough) to track down and link antecedents. More generally, though it may be cliché to say so, I know myself to be a total fraud, and self-censor a great deal in hope that you won’t notice.

My thoughts over the last week have not really been on helicopter drops or monetary policy or anything narrowly economic, but on a whole range of repressed concerns brought to the fore by the NSA scandals. If I try to express these with the restraint and care I’ve come to impose on my posts, I will just never express them. So I’m going to give myself license to be a lot more stream of consciousness, a lot more careless, over the next few days and just vomit into your RSS feed. I want to apologize in advance for the green chunks.


10 Responses to “Apology in advance”

  1. Ivanonymous writes:

    Thanks in advance. :)

    (If I can be allowed to lower my own inhibitions just enough to say that…)

  2. Will Wilkinson writes:


  3. Steve Roth writes:

    Can hardly wait. Coarse-mesh filter at hand.

  4. stone writes:

    I’m guessing your “vomit” is actually going to be very thoughtful and thought provoking, just like you always are! Thanks.

  5. Do fret about pooping. That’s life. But don’t worry so about snooping. That’s movies. You do live in the USA after all.

  6. Philip W writes:

    Well, this note is honest and appreciated. Nevertheless, you should really try to understand the other side of this debate better. I recommend Jack Goldsmith, Power and Constraint (2012). The idea that there is no accountability in our current open-ended war on terror is simply factually incorrect. If you can read that book and say why the many accountability mechanisms that exist in stronger form today than at any previous time are inadequate, that will be much more interesting.

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