May 5, 2003

· Internet

Henry and Maria Farrell’s new title for their blog, “Gallowglass,” is so apt that I’m tempted to petition to join up as a fellow ex-pat Irish person. Might be a sensible career move, too. The Volokh Conspiracy, for instance, is rapidly becoming something like the Hoover Institution of the blogosphere. (I expect to see it appearing on people’s vitas: “May-June 2003. Visiting Blogger at Volokh.”)

On the other hand, it might be a bad idea. Alliances of this sort have a poor history in Ireland. As Brendan Behan once observed, the first item on the agenda for any Irish political organization is the split.

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I am Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University. I’m affiliated with the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Markets and Management Studies program, and the Duke Network Analysis Center.

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