Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Tyranny of Representative Democracy

It’s sometimes hard to follow the logic, but the nation is full of angry people, so that’s to be expected. There’s this – CNN’s Erick Erickson Suggests “Mass Bloodshed” May Be Necessary If Roe Isn’t Overturned – yes, mass bloodshed will be … Continue reading

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The Limits of Smug

It seems like ages ago, and maybe it was – the eight years of the Bush administration. That would be the younger Bush. The one-term presidency of his father is now lost in the mists of time. No one remembers … Continue reading

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No Kidding

It’s a skill one probably learns in high school, maybe in ninth or tenth grade. That’s when in history or English class the teacher asks you what you think, and you realize that they actually want to know what you … Continue reading

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Misunderstood Dragons

There are the op-eds in the morning paper, and usually on the facing page, the column of the paper’s editorial positions for the day on this and that, next to an array of letters to the editor, and somewhere in … Continue reading

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The Fraud Nightmare Becomes Reality

Al Franken, before he loosed his inner policy wonk and became a senator, used to mock the self-esteem movement – see Daily Affirmations by Stuart Smalley – “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me!” Yeah, … Continue reading

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The Allure of Primitivism

It was a lazy spring afternoon in the early seventies at Duke University – the air was warm and thick, and heavy with the sickly syrupy smell of all the magnolias in bloom – they were all over campus – … Continue reading

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The Catechism of Capitalism

It’s the catechism of capitalism – instruction in the principles of the thing using set questions and answers. There’s the question. Which one is more efficient – a government program to fix an obvious problem, or a free-market solution, where … Continue reading

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