Category: political dynamics

Warning: The Following Conversation Did Not Happen…

     …as reported here, that is: MAJORITY LEADER: All right, why are you holding us up now? MINORITY LEADER: The usual reason: you’re overspending, you’re doing unConstitutional stuff, and you’re weakening the country. MAJORITY LEADER: You’ve gone along with us before. I know this bill doesn’t have as many sweeteners in it as previous ones. …

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A Comment On Commentary

     Back in the heyday of blogging, everyone and his halfwit Uncle Herman had a blog. There were, at peak, over 50 million such sites. Most, of course, were of no broad consequence: little was posted there, and most of that was worthless. However, they gave their “proprietors” a sense that they could be listened …

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It’s Happening Again

     …but then, it was to be expected. Yea verily, even by those who claim that it’s not happening.      There are phenomena whose geneses we understand – “we” being interpreted to mean “those of us who study such things” – perfectly well. We cannot plausibly claim that we didn’t expect them to happen. Yet …

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For Those Who Think Electing Republicans Will Save Us

     Have a few words from Joe Hoft of Gateway Pundit:      The United States now has a bona fide ruling class that both controls and transcends government, which sees itself as distinct from the rest of society and as the only element that may act on its behalf. The ruling class considers those who …

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How Did This Happen?

     …grunt…wheeze… Sheesh! Getting rid of that Curmudgeon nuisance was a trial. He pops in at random hours, grabs the keyboard, and refuses to let go. I had to lever it away from him with a crowbar. (A few blows about the head and shoulders helped, too.) But all is well once more, at least …

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Trump Haters So Deranged They Now Unwittingly Align With Him

There are many irons in the fire incentivizing citizens to relinquish their rights bit by bit. The following provides a simple observation over the effectiveness of one tactic: fear. I don’t know if any reader will gain any use from this odd insight, but I felt compelled to offer it anyway. Just maybe the uncomfortable …

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A Man Who Predicts Successfully…

     …should be listened to with attention.      At Liberty’s Torch V1.0, I made use of this passage from The Black Cloud several times:      “It looks to me as if those perturbations of the rockets must have been deliberately engineered,” began Weichart.      “Why do you say that, Dave?” asked Marlowe.      “Well, the …

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From The “Cui Bono?” Department

     This morning, Dinesh D’Souza, whose intellect is significant if not quite sufficient to penetrate his partisanry, talks about “Section 230,” the fabled protection of “common carriers” against liability for what’s said over them:      D’Souza’s comments irritated me for the reason expressed in the title of this piece. Specifically, he noted that when the …

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The Fundraising Dynamic

     The following six-minute video from Dinesh D’Souza is a must-view:      In light of David Friedman’s assertion that political parties are vote-maximizing machines (from The Machinery of Freedom), the decomposition of a political party into its constituent components, specifically to look for any “interior” motivations, is of particular importance. There is no guarantee that …

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Giveaways 2021-07-20

     Very few people ask “why?” with sufficient frequency. Even fewer demand an answer and refuse to rest until they get one.      Consider the following three pieces: Get Vaccinated – Or Else Concerning recent church burnings in Canada The changing tone of the Mainstream Media      The unifying factor here might take a moment …

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I’d Been Wondering When We’d See This

     It wasn’t quite unprecedented…but it certainly hasn’t been common:      Los Angeles cops in riot gear went toe-to-toe with antifa yesterday outside the Wi Spa, where a transgender man took off his clothes in the women’s locker room two weeks ago, setting off a firestorm. The riot was clearly planned.      Despite the naughty …

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Garrett On The Communist Infiltration Of The United States

     I was musing over the advance of outright Communism in America’s universities – oh, it’s not always called that, but the content is Communist from first to last – when I recalled this bit of the late Garet Garret’s tome The People’s Pottage:      Revolution in the modern case is no longer an uncouth …

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Communications Breakdown

     This is likely to be one of my more discursive pieces – I’m warning myself as well as you, Gentle Readers – so please bear with me as I strive to organize it.      In keeping with the old dictum that the presentation of an important idea should have a tripartite structure: Tell them …

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Abuse and Aggression Disguised as Empathy

Weaponized Empathy is probably the chief cultural problem of our time. Empathy is used to justify all manner of atrocious behaviors on the part of Neo-Marxists. For instance, racism is perfectly justifiable if applied to a white person. You may stereotype and demean someone so long as their skin color is pale enough, and any …

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The Poison As Antidote

     This short piece at the website of the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) is a sharp, well focused destruction of federal welfare policy these past fifty-five years. It’s not the first, of course; many have remarked on the failure of federal welfarism in much the same fashion. Yet it serves as a reminder …

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“Bring Back Our Country!”

     First, a blast from the past: a piece I posted at the old Palace Of Reason about fifteen years ago:      Ever seen Federico Fellini’s movie Amarcord (I Remember)? It’s not the muddled mess so many of his other films were. It’s a memoir of his childhood in a small Italian town, during the …

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