Category: political dynamics

Dead Giveaways Dept.

     Sometimes laughter isn’t just the best medicine, it’s the only medicine:      Bringing cake into the office should be seen as harmful to your colleagues in the same way as passive smoking, the chairwoman of Britain’s top food watchdog has said.      Professor Susan Jebb, of the Food Standards Agency, speaking personally and not …

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That “How?” Question

     It just keeps coming back.      Jim Jordan has trumpeted the intentions of his “Weaponization of Government” subcommittee. They’re exactly what I would have expected from Jordan, one of the few genuinely laudable persons in Congress:      Lauren Boebert, another admirable Representative, has added her concurring opinions:      Applause, but…how? What do you propose …

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Rhetorical Trends Dept.

     There’s a new buzzphrase being bandied about, Gentle Reader. If you’re as news-obsessive as I, you’ve surely heard it. Perhaps you even reflected on its mendacity. But as not everyone is as attentive as you and I, let’s put it right out there in front of God and everybody.      The ominous phrase is …

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True Or False?

     “Each profession seeks to do what they exist to do. If there are professional politicians they will seek as much power as they can grasp. If there are professional soldiers they will find something to fight and they will do whatever the people who pay them want.”      [Mackey Chandler, April]      That may …

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Politics Uber Alles!

Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy states:      First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration. …

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“Why Is He Sitting Alone?” A Meditation On Political Affiliation

     “Anarchists’ rally disorganized. Film at eleven!” – old gag      Have you ever gone to a restaurant for lunch or dinner and seen someone sitting at a table entirely alone? Did you watch him surreptitiously, certain that at any moment his companion – spouse, friend, child, lawyer, what have you – would emerge from …

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Reliberating America (UPDATED)

     Yesterday’s election news has a great many of us in the Right scratching our heads. This makes no sense, we say to ourselves. People can’t be this stupid. And like John Godfrey Saxe’s blind men who “studied” an elephant, we are partly right and partly wrong.      Partly right, in that few people really …

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Rising Stars

     It’s occurred to me recently that political ascension has come to require physical attractiveness, just as has pop stardom. We have a number of examples before us: Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Kari Lake, Herschel Walker, and Ron DeSantis come to mind at once. But while comeliness seems to have become necessary, it is …

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“In What Way Are We Wrong?”

     Stephen Kruiser: The Republican party will never be able to accomplish anything significant until it purges what I like to call its “Romney Wing.” There is progress being made in that regard, but the wing’s namesake will eventually have to go.      Fran Porretto: What makes you think Republican legislators sincerely want to accomplish …

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Partisans Versus Ponderers

     By now, the Gentle Readers of Liberty’s Torch will be aware that I’m firmly non-partisan: I hate politics in general, and (pretty much) all who have made it their trade. Nevertheless, it’s largely safe to be around me. This nation of 330,000,000 people has approximately 500,000 elected-official positions: a mere 0.15% of our numbers. …

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Using Law To Defeat SJWs

On properly using the law against the lawless: The Governor has the authority under the Florida Constitution to suspend state officials for reasons of misfeasance, malfeasance, neglect of duty, drunkenness, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties, or commission of a felony. The Governor has further authority to fill that office by appointment for the …

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A Quick Thought

     I’ve written many times about political dynamics and the swelling of blatant demagoguery in response to the incentives built into our system of government. Recent developments, especially the increasing degree of cooperation between Democrats and Republicans at destroying our rights and seizing our property, persuade me that the time has come to declare the …

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A Timeless Observation

     As I’ve recently been re-enjoying the writings of the great Henry Louis Mencken, the Sage of Baltimore – yes, there was a time when Baltimore not only had a Sage but actually produced its own! – I thought it might be appropriate, in this time of troubles, to share a slice from one of …

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Climax States

     Before I retired, I had no idea how the range of my thinking would expand once I was free from the imperatives of wage labor. It’s been a unique sort of experience. Among other things, it got me thinking seriously about “eye catchers” that I’d previously only chuckled over. (That’s not to say that …

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Disdain, Distaste, And Self-Regard

     At present, all signs point to the Republicans giving [Democrats] an electoral shellacking but, hey, we’re never really outside the margin of magical mail-in ballots, are we?      While I have often cautioned about Republicans being overly optimistic about November, I am gradually moving toward the position that all the GOP has to do …

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Intentions Over Achievements

     Many a commentator has noted the Left’s preference for hawking its intentions for a proposed bill, and completely ignoring (or fan-dancing away) the consequences of the bill once it’s been signed into law. Thomas Sowell cites a number of instances of this behavior in The Vision of the Anointed, which I recommend heartily to …

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Concerning Yesterday’s Citation

     A lot of people would like to disbelieve that statement by Mac Stipanovich. Some will say “There must be some missing context;” others, “Maybe he was just funnin’ us.” After all, the man was a Republican political consultant. By flapping his yap the way he did, he’s “given the game away” and endangered Republican …

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What Alternatives?

     That’s the question on millions of Americans’ minds after the utter, protracted betrayal of Republican officials – federal and state – to represent the preferences of the voters that elected them. Their most recent defection is on the subject of greatest importance to social stability: the right to keep and bear arms. Fourteen GOP …

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“Why Vote Republican?”

     Jack Kerwick asks us, directly and plainly. Here’s the Sunday Punch:      How exactly is voting Republican a matter of “fighting the Left,” or “fighting for the heart and soul of America?” Notice that GOP politicians and conservative media personalities are always glaringly vague on this point. They just treat as axiomatic that a …

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Someone Else Finally Gets It!

     And who would that paragon be, I hear you ask?      SJWs do not think about what your company is making. They can give a rat about your company’s actual mission or whether it makes a profit or even remains in business.      SJWs come into your company with only one goal: To spread …

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