1986 Schwinn Le Tour Revamp — 1

Yes­ter­day I bought a 1986 Schwinn Le Tour for $80 off Craigslist. I’ve done minor repair work on bikes, but nev­er major over­hauls so I thought it would be fun to get a bike that’s in decent shape and tune it up, make some sig­nif­i­cant upgrades, fix some cos­met­ic issues, and doc­u­ment the process here.

Animals, Outrage, and Conscience

Some­times moral out­rage is appro­pri­ate. It would be strange for some­one of con­science to dine with a big­ot. But a veg­e­tar­i­an is expect­ed to eat, work, and live with those who eat meat. Giv­en that some veg­e­tar­i­ans con­sid­er non-human ani­mals to be per­sons, this expec­ta­tion is out of step with stan­dard views about what con­science requires.

Violence & Shameful Joy

  Most of us would agree that it’s wrong to blud­geon some­one with a base­ball bat and take their car. Yet many of us take joy from sim­u­lat­ing that act in a video game. This strikes me as wrong.

Torture, Rights, & Supreme Emergencies

  A right isn’t just some­thing that’s good, some­thing to be max­i­mized or trad­ed. That’s the role of an inter­est. The con­straints on behav­ior that a right impos­es, if it is to be sig­nif­i­cant at all, must be invi­o­lable in a way con­straints imposed by mere inter­ests are not. But this saves the sig­nif­i­cance of rights at the cost of their exis­tence; if the con­straints imposed by […]

The Limits of Compensation

Thanks­giv­ing is a time to come togeth­er with friends and fam­i­ly and dis­cuss dis­trib­u­tive jus­tice and the lim­its of com­pen­sa­tion.  What? No? Is that just me?

Social Opprobrium & National Sovereignty

Julien Blanc is a self-described pick-up artist, mak­ing his liv­ing giv­ing sem­i­nars to men on how to manip­u­late women into hav­ing sex with them. Let me be absolute­ly clear: I round­ly con­demn Julien Blanc’s behav­ior and cho­sen career. How­ev­er…