Tag Archives: Virtue of Selfishness

Driven to Madness

There’s madness in the air. Maybe there always is, but sometimes it becomes more obvious than others. Watch the security video of that fellow down in Venice Beach this weekend stepping into his Dodge and flooring it, zooming onto Ocean … Continue reading

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Revisionism Revisited

Even those of us who find religion a curious phenomenon – one that seems to drive history, but when it is not absurd is not particularly interesting, and also not particularly enlightening – see how things are playing out in … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide

If you have far too much time on your hands, and basic cable, you might catch the 1951 film When Worlds Collide – and it’s a hoot. But it’s in quite vivid extreme Technicolor, even if the available print is … Continue reading

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Regarding the Now Disputed Constitutional Duty to Promote the General Welfare

It was that first year of college, back in the mid-sixties, and the first run-in with one of them, the fetching young lady who turned out to be an Ayn Rand devotee. She was not impressed. Life was all about … Continue reading

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Lessons Not Learned

The third career was in systems management, or maybe it was the fourth – it’s hard to remember now. No, it’s painful to remember. There was always a new project, and it was going to be different this time – … Continue reading

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Hating Getting What You Ask For

There’s Bruce Bartlett – domestic policy advisor to Reagan and a Treasury Department economist under the first Bush (the one who didn’t pretend to be a cowboy) – Rutgers then Georgetown and then off to work for the eccentric libertarian … Continue reading

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