Tuesday, November 25, 2014

brutes in suits


(Don Boudreaux)

“There is nothing at any level that is uplifting or good or noble or praiseworthy about politics.  It’s a nasty, corrupting, soul-destroying business.  Politics is the province, not of civilized men and women but, rather, of brutes in suits.  At best, in this imperfect world of ours, entering politics is excusable only if the genuine goal is to reduce the role of politics as much as possible.  But the great majority of people who enter politics, regardless of what they say (for they are nearly all skilled in the dark arts of deception), do not do so in order to diminish the role of politics but, instead, to extend that role or to change the details of the application of government force (or both).  These are people who arrogantly wish to dominate others, and who are happy to have the lazy assent of the masses who labor under the ages-old superstition that human society must be formed and guided by force wielded by Great Men and Great Women.

We humans are not very far removed genetically from chimps; we are much more like them than it seems to us from our self-aware perch.
Alpha-male (and female) humans who seek and gain positions of political ‘leadership’ in human society are best thought of in the same way as Haidt describes alpha-male chimps.  Without exception, anyone who seeks a position of political  ‘leadership’ does so largely for self-interested reasons.  And with rare exception, those who succeed in gaining such positions – especially positions at the highest (“national”) ranks – are individuals who are especially unscrupulous about imposing their wills on others and are inordinately good at marshaling physical violence, or threats of such, to impose their wills.”

… is from pages 170-171 of Jonathan Haidt’s excellent 2012 book, The Righteous Mind (original emphases; footnote deleted):
Alpha-male chimps are not truly leaders of their groups.  They perform some public services, such as mediating conflicts.  But most of the time, they are better described as bullies who take what they want.

    


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Consensus

     Consensus
Wm. F. Buckley to Whittaker Chambers:
“It has long been the irrevocable consensus in my numerous family, that your courage, your skills, and your faith are the brightest beacon of the free world.  I am sure thousands, if not millions of people agree with us, and I hope that a knowledge of this leavens the aching loneliness so evidenced in all your writings.”
Chambers to his wife Esther:

“He was born, not made, and not many like that are born in any time.” 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Witness

Witness
“No feature of the Hiss Case is more obvious, or more troubling as history, than the jagged fissure, which it did not so much open as reveal, between the plain men and women of the nation, and those who affected to act, think and speak for them. It was not invariably, but in general, the ‘best people’ who were for Alger Hiss and who were prepared to go to any length for him.  It was the enlightened and the powerful, the clamorous proponents of the open mind and the common man, who snapped their minds shut in a pro-Hiss psychosis, of a kind which, in an individual patient, means the simple failure of the ability to distinguish between reality and unreality, and, in a nation, is a warning of the end. “


‘Fellow travelers’ with Obama  today also spell out: THE END. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

What about Ferguson, MO.?

What about Ferguson, MO.?
   “A great case is made by the conflict of ideas passionately espoused or desperately opposed by the community or nation where the trial is held.  It is this clash that lights the fires of interest and excitement.  These, rather than personality of the defendant or the nature of the crime charged supply the elements of drama.”  Would that this statement in 1947 during the Hiss/Chambers trial hold true today as we await  the ‘decision” to prosecute (or not) in Ferguson, Mo.

   Don’t hold your breath for justice in a conflict of ideas  in 2014. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Obamaland

            Three letters

Three letters once were sufficient to encapsulate engagement with an enemy on any type of battlefield.  Not in Obamaland. I heard that we are attempting to “maintain technical overmatch” with our enemy in Afghanistan.  I kid you not.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

No junk Food

            No junk Food

“Food is a material which contains chemicals.. Humans are materials which contain chemicals.  The only, and I repeat the only, scientific reason for eating is to replace chemicals in the human with chemicals from food.  In this process energy is supplied, some tissue is utilized and other tissue is built.  Certain chemicals are supplied by food in order to facilitate these processes. Therefore, we must conclude that scientifically the term ‘junk food’ cannot and does not exist.”   …from a1975 food and nutrition convention. Believe it or not! 

Friday, November 07, 2014

Election results

Election results

Have we not just declared war on right? What weapons should we use to defeat the left?  What strategy should we employ to achieve victory?  For sure, nothing but unconditional surrender should be our goal. But in reality, how will Republicans (and conservatives) now attack the enemies of our freedoms and pocketbooks? God knows, what’s right ought to prevail.