Sometimes I wonder if there is really any hope for His Majesty.
Senator Thomas Udall of New Mexico, who has already gained notoriety for supporting a constitutional amendment to limit the protections afforded by the First Amendment, has now come out in favor of sweeping new regulations on the chemical industry.
Matt Yglesias agrees that the country is headed towards a crisis. So clearly we aren’t. A stopped clock is wrong 86,398 times a day.
Regrettably, he does muster some evidence.
So school teachers’ lesson plans are “trade secrets” exempt from the various Freedom of Information statutes? In a Sith’s eye!
Thesis: Winning elections is pointless when the culture and the people themselves are corrupt. A few people at the top won’t be able to change the character of an entire nation. We have to build a better society from the ground up.
Antithesis: Any effective cultural change must go through the centers of power and influence; elites alone have the power to change society. All of the largest social changes of the last century were imposed from the top down.
Possible syntheses: (more…)
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.
The IQ of public officials of all persuasions always rises when they speak in private.
— Richard A. Epstein, The Classical Liberal Constitution
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.