Capitalism already has the ability to simulate patches of Communism inside the economy, at least insofar as many of the [central planning] advantages are concerned. These are called “corporations.”
Budget cuts will force the Army to further scale back training for units based in the United States, allowing only for training to company level (one hundred or so troops). The size of the Army is being reduced to pre–World War II levels. The Navy has fewer ships than at any time since before World War I; the Air Force is smaller (and flying older aircraft) than at any time since its founding.
I, for one, welcome this move towards embracing Spencer W. Kimball’s wise counsel. Not that I normally advocate feeling bound by the words of dead prophets, but I make an exception when they agree with the words I’m certain we will hear from future prophets.
Political correctness is, to a large extent, an organized effort to keep truth from being applied to the problems of reality.
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.