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Democracy, defined

February 04th, 2016 by Vader

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February 04th, 2016 11:28:07

There is no salvation in politics

February 03rd, 2016 by Vader

I just needed to remind myself of that. And I figured y’all, fellow contributors and readers, might appreciate the reminder as well.

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February 03rd, 2016 14:08:06

His Majesty Reviews: Modern Times

January 11th, 2016 by Vader

His Majesty has joined a book club.

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January 11th, 2016 04:23:21

Angina Monologue 27

December 30th, 2015 by Vader

Christmas seems to bring out the child in all of us.

So perhaps it should not have surprised me to find His Majesty playing with Tinker toys this morning.

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December 30th, 2015 15:53:03

The sorcerer’s apprentice

December 23rd, 2015 by Vader

On the dangers of mass movements:

… In fact Gandhi’s own ashram, with his own very expensive ‘simple’ tastes and innumerable ‘secretaries’ and handmaidens, had to be heavily subsidized by three merchant princes. As one of his circle observed: ‘It costs a great deal of money to keep Gandhiji living in poverty.’

… The events of 1920-1 indicated that though he could bring a mass-movement into existence, he could not control it. Yet he continued to play the sorcerer’s apprentice, while the casualty bill mounted into hundreds ,then thousands, then tens of thousands and the risks of a gigantic sectarian and racial explosion accumulated. This blindness to the law of probability in a bitterly divided sub-continent made nonsense of Gandhi’s professions that he would not take life in any circumstances.

— Paul Johnson, Modern Times

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December 23rd, 2015 19:47:01

Angina Monologue 26

December 18th, 2015 by Vader

G. tells us his muse is a goober. Mine is a crusty old retired Sith Lord.

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December 18th, 2015 22:45:52

Adventures in Immigration Non-Enforcement

November 07th, 2015 by Man SL

Read it. I don’t have anything to say.

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November 07th, 2015 17:12:06

Angina Monologue 23

October 21st, 2015 by Vader

His Majesty has been somewhat sullen at breakfast lately. Part of it was the widespread perception in the media that Cthulu did better than His Majesty in the last debate. Part of it was the season of the year: I think His Majesty suffers from a touch of SAD (Sith Affective Disorder), which flares up around this time of year, but usually passes around early January. And I figured part of it was that the Imperial tummy has been unhappy. For several days, His Majesty could hardly choke down his meals, which left him feeling bloated and suffering with heartburn for hours afterwards. He convinced himself that it was gastroparesis, which he knows has been making life miserable for a young friend of mine.

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October 21st, 2015 14:24:50

Analysis of the Third-Tier Republican Debate

October 01st, 2015 by Vader

MSCNN welcomes you all to our analysis of the third-tier Republican debate, which featured Palpatine, Cthulu, and The Sweet Meteor Of Death. Tom, give us your quick take on the debate.

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October 01st, 2015 22:09:50

Civility

September 23rd, 2015 by Vader

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September 23rd, 2015 08:19:38

The Donald

September 22nd, 2015 by Vader

And reality.

The same criticisms apply, of course, to The Hillary and The Bernie.

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September 22nd, 2015 08:12:10

Palpatine for President press conference

September 15th, 2015 by Vader

Enter your questions in the comment thread.

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September 15th, 2015 18:13:46

Democracy

September 09th, 2015 by Marie Antoinette

Democracy that really listened to all the people would be an authoritarian nightmare.

Thus Brian Caplan

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September 09th, 2015 09:13:08

The Church is not of this world

September 06th, 2015 by Vader

Lord Acton:

I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.
And yet, I have seen that, in the Church, the office often does sanctify the holder of it. I have seen ordinary men called as Church leaders who proceed to rise above themselves and do extraordinary things.
The Church is not like the world.
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September 06th, 2015 19:22:31

Angina Monologue 19

August 27th, 2015 by Vader

I woke to the sound of His Majesty cackling happily. He was up early and feeding nips to the cats.

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August 27th, 2015 12:02:54