an in-between move

Cool kids read The Bellman.


Don't read this blog!

I mean, thanks for dropping by my little corner of the blogospheric backwaters, but the blog you should be reading is The Bellman. The stuff I post there is much, much less likely to be imbued with dormitive powers.


[German, from zwischen, intermediate + zug, move

Literally an "in-between move". A move in a tactical sequence is called a zwischenzug* when it does not relate directly to the tactical motif in operation. |source|

image copyright TWIC

From this position, black played a zwischenzug: 19…d5
(Linares 2002, 1-0)


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David Rowland studies philosophy at the University of Illinois - Urbana / Champaign, where he's an active member of the Graduate Employees Organization. He used to play a lot of chess, but wasn't all that good. He has a blog. And email.



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Monday, August 15, 2005


liberalism = moral anarchy

The Squire wants to know if chalking his URL on the quad would draw visitors to his site. Hard to say. I do know that somebody chalked "liberalism = moral anarchy" on the quad today and I googled it.

Here's a quote from the top hit:
In thus explaining and championing religious pluralism on affirmative theological grounds rather than on negative or concessionary ones, liberal Protestants could make one of the more important of their distinctive contributions to the moral coherence ‘and consensus that our sprawling society needs but has found it difficult to maintain. Much else -- in the realms, for example, of piety, of doctrine and of social zeal -- can be seen as vital to the revivification of a distinctive liberal witness. But surely the theistic rationale for pluralism, in distinctive Protestant forms, deserves central attention. A liberal Protestant pluralism unconscious of its own grounding in the radical otherness of God and in an uncompromising respect for persons will continue to be vulnerable to charges of timidity -- of not knowing what we are about, or at least of being too skittish about asserting the spiritual and theological grounds of what we are about.

That's from a 1986 paper by William R. Hutchinson called "Past Imperfect: History and the Prospect for Liberalism." It's pretty interesting, but I think the chalkers were probably aiming for something more like this, from the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families:
In summary, modern liberalism is the intellectual heir to three bankrupt, irrational, and socially dangerous philosophies. In following the romantics in jettisoning objective morality, modern liberal thought opens a Pandora’s box of deviant and socially destructive behavior without any way to control it. In following the existentialists in jettisoning objective truth, modern liberalism is unable to make crucial distinctions between right and wrong, good and bad, and true and false. Furthermore, it is simply unavoidable that those who do not believe in truth are more likely not to tell it (i.e. “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”). Finally, in embracing the philosophy of postmodernism, modern liberalism has sought to redefine and restructure reality through a hijacking of language and overt censorship. In short, modern liberalism has become as bankrupt as the philosophical theories that support it. Modern liberalism was born out of irrational systems of thought and continues to perpetuate irrational thought by means of professors, politicians, and pop culture icons that are in the grip of its powerful delusions. Modern liberalism is perhaps the greatest social threat next to fundamentalist Islamic terrorists yet more dangerous in that its appeal is more subtle, more deceptive, and much more closer to home.

The lesson here is that if you chalk your URL on the quad then people will visit your blog. On the other hand, they're likely to be google addled freaks.

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