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Misunderstanding Lord Acton

January 26th, 2015 by Vader

There’s power in numbers and power corrupts. We tend to forget that when Lord Acton coined the phrase “power corrupts,” he was not referring to the corruption of the powerful, he was talking about the corruption of people — specifically historians — who write about the powerful. Just look at how many people make allowances for the Kennedys they’d never make for their neighbors or employees. By any objective standard of morality, JFK and Teddy were scummy dudes. But countless liberal writers give them pass because . . . Camelot! Or something.

–Jonah Goldberg

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January 26th, 2015 12:20:43

Contextual Idiocy

January 23rd, 2015 by Vader

The IQ of public officials of all persuasions always rises when they speak in private.

— Richard A. Epstein, The Classical Liberal Constitution

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January 23rd, 2015 11:02:07

Simon de Montfort

January 20th, 2015 by Pecos Bill

I don’t much bother with Wiccapedia, but a spread on this gent fixed my gaze. Seems he humbled a king and getted modern democracy in one crack shot, which is plenty for any hombre to crow about.

I reckon I ain’t heered of him afore now because I was raised to make G. Washington my hero. I kin live with that. It warms the cockrels of my heart that furriners got their heroes as well.

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January 20th, 2015 13:41:33

Angina Monologue 7

January 20th, 2015 by Vader

His Majesty was in rare good humor this morning.

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January 20th, 2015 12:59:27

Low-turnout Democratic voters

January 07th, 2015 by Vader

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January 07th, 2015 09:13:21

Albuquerque Balloon Festival

January 05th, 2015 by Vader

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January 05th, 2015 10:57:28

Angina Monologue 5

January 03rd, 2015 by Vader

As I mentioned to Bruce Charlton in the comments section of a previous post, once you get His Majesty monologuing, you can’t get him to shut up.

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January 03rd, 2015 13:50:16

James Burnham: Suicide of the West. 50th anniversary edition.

December 21st, 2014 by Bookslinger

Peter Berkowitz of the Hoover Institution wrote an essay about the 50th anniversary edition of James Burnham‘s 1964 book, Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism. Berkowitz joins Steve Moore of the Heritage Foundation to talk about it on The John Batchelor Show.

John Batchelor Show podcast archive.

Direct link to mp3. This segment starts at 19:45.

Berkowitz’s article.

Burnham’s book at Amazon.

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December 21st, 2014 08:08:24

“Is the Nobel Committee too political? “

December 11th, 2014 by Vader

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December 11th, 2014 09:31:34

Angina Monologue 2

December 10th, 2014 by Vader

You never know what will get His Majesty monologuing over breakfast.

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December 10th, 2014 12:24:33

Birthrates Continue to Drop

December 08th, 2014 by Man SL

For the sixth year in a row, the American birthrate has reached a new low.

Most economic statistics are lies.  We will know that the real economy has finally turned around when the birthrate starts to rise again.

We will know that the pack of harpies and sillies that make up our national media and political classes has been replaced by real people when this gets more discussion than an obese guy dying in New York after being choked out while resisting arrest.

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December 08th, 2014 08:36:22

“Who goes Nazi?”

December 05th, 2014 by Vader

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December 05th, 2014 12:31:15

The Angina Monologues

December 05th, 2014 by Vader

It’s been said that the difference between a dialogue and a monologue is that a dialogue is something two intelligent people have in order to seek common ground, while a monologue is something one mentally ill person does on a street corner where he’s sleeping on the ground.

That isn’t quite true. I’ve found that His Majesty is actually quite fond of monologues at breakfast, at least so long as he’s the one delivering.

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December 05th, 2014 10:46:06

More “Socialist” than Germany, Sweden, or China

December 01st, 2014 by Man SL

Samuelson makes an argument that is pretty serious if its true:

 

Direct government spending isn’t the only way that societies provide social services. They also channel payments through private companies, encouraged, regulated and subsidized by government. This is what the United States does, notably with employer-provided health insurance (which is subsidized by government by not counting employer contributions as taxable income) and tax-favored retirement savings accounts.

When these are added to government’s direct payments, rankings shift. France remains at the top, but the United States vaults into second position with roughly 30 percent of its GDP spent on social services, including health care. We have a hybrid welfare state, partly run by the government and partly outsourced to private markets.

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December 01st, 2014 10:41:07

My Presidential Prospects

November 29th, 2014 by Vader

The American public wants me to be President. I understand their point of view. The first all-black President would be historic, and I have unparalleled experience in the field of managing vast, lethal boondoggles that I feel would translate well to the Executive. On the other hand, His Majesty would be unbearable. He seems to think politicians were created for his amusement.

I mentioned the poll to him. He said, “excellent,” and then said something about selling the capitalists the rope to hang them with. I think he may be getting senile.

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November 29th, 2014 18:07:24