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Air Quote Democracy

September 13th, 2017 by G.

In the monarchies, it was treason for the queen to dally.  The succession was of the utmost importance.

Similarly, in the Roman Republic, it was treason to propose a return to the monarchy.  They took their form of government seriously.

In our democracy, non-citizens are routinely registered to vote, there is growing evidence of ineligible voters voting, as we have documented here, and we use voting technology that we are not sure is secure or that we can even know is secure.

What are we doing about it? Not much. There is no sense of crisis.

Is there something uniquely defective about democracy, is our democracy dying, or do we only have an airquote democracy? I dunno.

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September 13th, 2017 10:08:28

The merits of fasting?

July 25th, 2017 by Vader

Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.

–Thus Frederic Bastiat

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July 25th, 2017 10:55:25

Revealed Preference

July 18th, 2017 by Vader

Everybody says they want more in-depth journalism, more serious and thoughtful discussion on cable-news shows, and more highbrow programming, but what everybody actually watches is porn and the Sean Hannity show.

Thus Kevin D. Williamson

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July 18th, 2017 10:01:37

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 6

July 02nd, 2017 by Vader

I would like to resume my exploration of the meaning of freedom by contrasting the approaches to criminal and civil law advocated by Freemen and Consumers.


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July 02nd, 2017 15:21:04

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 5

June 04th, 2017 by Vader

In my last post, I digressed from the main thread of my exploration of the definition of freedom to explore some interesting aspects of schools as institutions that can promote or hinder the exercise of freedom. That side thread has generated some interesting discussion, and I mean to come back to it again. But, for now, I want to get back onto the main thread of my exploration.


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June 04th, 2017 14:40:56

Reaction versus conservatism

May 04th, 2017 by Vader

Reaction is

…the yearning to overturn a present condition of decadence and recover an idealized past. The pursuit of social transformation distinguishes reaction from the conservative inclination to cherish and preserve what actually exists.
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May 04th, 2017 09:03:04

“The Left can cite scripture for its own purpose”

April 05th, 2017 by Vader

This is the theocracy of the casually religious — and it’s even less attractive than the theocracy of the Biblically extreme.

Thus Ben Shapiro


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April 05th, 2017 10:41:46

Trump as candidate in a nutshell

March 16th, 2017 by Vader

Donald Trump’s was the greatest political strip-tease act in U.S. political history: the dirtier he got, the more skin he showed, the more his core supporters liked it.

— Thus Bret Stephens

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March 16th, 2017 09:28:18

Well, flabber my gast

January 19th, 2017 by Vader

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January 19th, 2017 11:46:10

Extended Rationale for Presidential Election Process, Federal Constitution v2.0 Draft Revision 2

January 13th, 2017 by Publius

The Committee is gratified by the response to Federal Constitution v2.0, Draft Revision 2. Public comments received to date have highlighted the need to publish a more extended rationale for Presidential Election Process v2.0 Draft 2.


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January 13th, 2017 13:31:15

Update Available: Federal Constitution v2.0, draft revision 2

January 11th, 2017 by Publius

Normative text is displayed in black. Archaic spellings and capitalization have been modernized. Annotation to distinguish changes from version 1.27 has been dropped, on the grounds that it was visually confusing and tended to steer reviewers away from careful review of the original test of version 1.27.

Rationale is displayed in red. Rationale is non-normative, but is provided to call out differences from release 1.27, better define terms of art, offer the reasoning behind the normative text, and offer other clarifications.


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January 11th, 2017 12:54:24

California Democrats act to reduce crime

December 30th, 2016 by Ask a Liberal Mormon

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December 30th, 2016 00:11:56

Ministry of Truth

December 26th, 2016 by Zen

File this under, I can’t possibly see how this could go wrong.
File it right next toBritain’s Doomsday Nuke Subs Still Run Windows XP (more…)

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December 26th, 2016 09:21:55

How to Make America Great Again in 3 Easy Steps

December 02nd, 2016 by MC

Image result for maga hat trump camo

To my mind, the most distinctive feature of the recent presidential election was the way in which it scrambled previously-stable political coalitions. Even Mormon voters, who are perhaps more similar to one another in mindset and political views than any other religious group, found themselves opposed in ways they never thought possible: Mommy-blogger was divided against mommy-blogger, and church-baller against church-baller.

Mormon Trump voters and McMullin voters differed less in political or moral views than in the meaning they impute to the act of voting. McMullin voters (like my in-laws) seemed to think of their vote as an affirmation of their values. By withholding a vote from Trump, they were making a statement about what they consider to be acceptable behavior in a president.

Although I voted for Trump, I have no quarrel with the “endorsement” view of voting. Not one person in the whole country can say, or likely ever will be able to say, that his vote changed the result of the election. Thus, the “meaning” which we attribute to our individual vote is essentially metaphysical, and not really subject to rational argument. (more…)

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December 02nd, 2016 04:45:19

The charming eccentricities of a better elite

November 22nd, 2016 by Vader

Long gone.


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November 22nd, 2016 21:26:21