Mindles Dreck details how government has gotten huge despite federal spending remaining more or less constant as a percentage of GDP. Steven Den Beste on the real evil computer empire. Jane Galt on file-sharing, the recording industry, the nature of intellectual property, and why CDs are so damn expensive. So how come she doesn’t tell us why jewel boxes are apparently designed to break? Colby Cosh on why his blog is so damn ugly. (Preview: It’s your fault! Disclaimer: It isn’t all that ugly. Really.) Mark Riebling, for the umpteenth time, on domestic security failures, with bonus Times-bashing. Arthur Silber is theist-baiting. In related news, Casey Fahy has a holiday quiz. The Man Without Qualities misdecks the halls. Myself, I’m still trying to figure out what “elbow dust” is in that song from Les Miserables. Europe 2002 = America 1979? Philosoblog on how Chinese philosophers aren’t necessarily versed in Chinese philosophy. That’s affirmative action to you.