About Daniel Koffler

Daniel Koffler is a Clarendon Scholar and graduate student in philosophy at the University of Oxford.

Speak Mitt Romney

By January 5, 2008

The Republicans are having a seminar-room style debate in New Hampshire, and they've just concluded a good 10-20 minutes on health care reform. The only one who seemed to know anything about healthcare policy other than "socialism bad" was Mitt … Read More

Barack Obama for President

By January 4, 2008

It won't come to readers as a particular surprise that Barack Obama is my candidate for 2008, but at Mike's invitation, I'll lay out the reasons why. After all, as I've acknowledged, a lot of the good press Obama receives, … Read More

The Markets React to Iowa (And So Do I)

By January 3, 2008

So, Obama and Huckabee have won the Iowa Caucuses. Here's how Intrade is reacting in the nomination stakes (bid price; ask price; change): Hillary Clinton: 56.0; 57.9; -9.6 Barack Obama: 36.0; 36.8; +10 John Edwards: 3.1; 3.2; -4.1 John McCain: … Read More

Throw the Bums in Jail

By January 3, 2008

A few minutes ago, on PBS's newshour, I heard Michael Beschloss* glorifying the Iowa caucuses as a salutary throwback to 19th century retail politics. In solemn tones and stern, Beschloss reminded Americans that if we had a national presidential primary, … Read More

Look to the Consiglieri

By January 2, 2008

Since so much of a presidential election, especially its primary phase, consists largely in bickering over low-substance, conceptually confused disputes like which candidate is the true "change-agent" (or on the Republican side, who's a "consistent conservative"), it's difficult to get … Read More

Idiocy Creep

By January 2, 2008

Reductio creep, "the process by which an insane extension of some principle, offered as a reductio ad absurdum of that principle, is soon afterwards realized," is one of the defining characteristics of social and public policy over the last twenty … Read More

Sue Her Pantsuit Off

By December 31, 2007

Radley Balko points to a story of the RIAA suing a man for ripping his own legally purchased CDs onto his own legally purchased computer. Of course, the music industry would not be in a position to make the fantastical … Read More

Quote of the Day

By December 30, 2007

Roger Kimball: Bernard-Henri Levy’s intervention is the most appalling piece of sentimentalizing rubbish since irresponsible journalists abetted the transformation of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales from a nuisance for the Paris tunnel cleaners into an international embarrassment. That's … Read More