Yearly Archives: 2021

Archive of posts published in the specified Year

Paying Penance to Political Religion

“The rush by corporate leaders to denounce Georgia’s new voting law will rank in infamy as one of the most cowardly, cynical and socially destructive moves in modern American history.”

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The Great Fiction

“Federalism and localism aren’t aesthetic preferences or ideological leanings that come out of nowhere — they are peace-keeping mechanisms necessary to the stable functioning of a diverse society.”

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The Progressive Horsemen of Inequality

“We know public schools have failed because more than half of new students at community colleges require remedial courses in math, English or both. “

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The Georgia Election Reform Reader

Jim Crow? Really? Are you too lazy to actually read the bill or too intellectually bankrupt to get beyond pejorative fundraising slogans?

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Political Thoughts 2021 03 24

Big ideas have big consequences: when you eat like an elephant, you shit like an elephant. This is true in the corporate world where the price of failure is very high.  It is far more dangerous in politics when these ideas are enacted by people with no skin in the game and very little accountability.

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Controlled by Pleasure

“In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.”

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Woke is a Cult

“Woe betide the working-class kid who arrives in college and uses Latino instead of “Latinx,” or who stumbles conjugating verbs because a classmate prefers to use the pronouns they/them. Fluency in woke is an effective class marker and key for these princelings to retain status in university and beyond. “

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Visions of Evil

“While believers in the unconstrained vision seek the special causes of war, poverty, and crime, believers in the constrained vision seek the special causes of peace, wealth, or a law-abiding society. “

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The Town Square Test

“This understanding prompted the Town Square Test I use to distinguish between free societies and fear societies: Can you express your individual views loudly, in public, without fear of being punished legally, formally, in any way? If yes, you live in a free society; if not, you’re in a fear society.”

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The Virtual Comfort of the Mob

“In such an environment, being “wrong” isn’t just wrong in some factual or analytical sense. It’s sacrilegious. “

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Emotions are Not Opinions

“Nonetheless, everyone had an opinion about this event, for in America everyone is entitled to an opinion, and it is certainly useful to have a few when a pollster shows up. But these are opinions of a quite different order from eighteenth- or nineteenth-century opinions. It is probably more accurate to call them emotions rather than opinions, which would account for the fact that they change from week to week, as the pollsters tell us.”

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Outsourcing Censorship

When you have delegitimized the opposition so severely, and when you are think your power is permanent you create powers that will easily be used against you.  Burning the Reichstag was not an act of fascism, the reaction of squelching freedom of the press and other civil liberties clearly was.

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Unarticulated Wisdom

The success of the American experiment is largely due IMO to the fortunate combination of dispersed political power being elegantly synchronous to the dispersed knowledge of the free market.

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The New Ministry of Culture

“But the Founding Fathers did not foresee that tyranny by government might be superseded by another sort of problem altogether, namely, the corporate state, which through television now controls the flow of public discourse in America. “

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Woke Irony

“Calling it progressive to send children of color the message that achievement is white is an irony lost on the woke. “

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Politics as Vaudeville

“What Huxley teaches is that in the age of advanced technology, spiritual devastation is more likely to come from an enemy with a smiling face than from one whose countenance exudes suspicion and hate.”

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Faith in Democracy

“Fascism took root in Europe only in nations where democratic government was relatively new, often scarcely older than the peace treaty that ended WWI. But where democracies had deeper roots and could count on popular legitimacy — as in England and France — fascist movements never emerged from the fringe.”

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A Different Bundle of Prejudices

“Conservatives have long understood that our choice is not between a bundle of prejudices and enlightened scientific management but between a bundle of prejudices and a different bundle of prejudices.”

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Only Adversaries

“The first is that all personal problems and all moral or intellectual matters have become political; that there is no human misfortune not amenable to political solution. The second is that, since everything can be known and changed, there is a perfect fit between action, knowledge, and morality.”

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Protecting the Devils and the Saints

“..we still cannot cut down the rules that protect the Devil without cutting down the rules that protect the saints.” 

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