Although his tastes run towards highly abstract art. Symbolic art he tends to dismiss with a snort of disgust, rather as J.R.R. Tolkien was dismissive of literary allegory.
(And I can’t believe I just compared His Majesty to J.R.R. Tolkien. I feel like I need to go scrub my mouth out.)
This morning, over breakfast, he had this to say: “Rather rude of those German artists to preempt the Obama administration.”
It seems His Majesty is as contemptuous of symbolic politics as he is of symbolic art and allegorical literature. Which, come to think of it, sometimes seem like they’re all the same thing.
I don’t recall ever hearing him express an opinion on religious symbolism. He is not a believer, naturally, and I’m not sure I want to broach the topic.
Remember the old Leftist canard about school bake sales?
It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.
Would you rather live in a 1000 square foot house where everyone else’s was 800, or a 1200 square foot house where everyone else’s was 1400?
This is one of the most intelligent analyses of politics I’ve read in a while. Excerpt:
So the question isn’t (or at least isn’t exclusively), “How do we produce more effective policies?” It’s, “How do we produce men of judgment who will be wise stewards of those policies?” It’s, “How do we produce good statesmen?” The first question is the central preoccupation of the centrally managed state that we live under. The second two are versions of quandaries about the future of the polis that stretch all the way back to ancient Greece, all but forgotten
From a recent conversation I had with His Majesty:
CLASSICAL CONSERVATIVE: People are idiots.
CLASSICAL LIBERAL: Most people are not idiots.
MODERN LIBERAL: Most people are idiots.
MODERN CONSERVATIVE: Most people are not idiots most of the time, but all people are idiots some of the time.
LIBERTARIAN: Idiots are not people.
PALPATINE: Most politicians are idiots.
Rather cynical, as is His Majesty’s wont, but with a bit of the sting of truth, I think.
The rule of law, in complex times,
Has proved itself deficient.
We much prefer the rule of men!
It’s vastly more efficient.
– Thus R.W. Grant
Only under the rule of men is it possible to find new ways to motivate Death Star construction crews.
It seems appropriate at this time to solemnly declare that, notwithstanding ugly rumors to the contrary, I am not Dick Cheney.