In a country like ours, where politics is organized by party, parties are organized by ideological principles, but those ideological principles tend to align with demographic categories, we see three types of political strategies. (more…)
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It is difficult to overstate the perversity of what has transpired this year. The loathsomeness of the candidate on one side helped fuel the support of a loathsome candidate on the other side, and box out any serious third-party alternative. The result is two small groups of extreme partisans fighting on behalf of horrible candidates, and a sea of voters in between disheartened by two miserable options. And that dissatisfaction is all but guaranteed to continue for the next four years, whatever the outcome in November.
In the great contest between the House of Trump and the House of Clinton, sensible patriots are rooting for casualties.
— Thus Kevin D. Williamson
Conservatism is in crisis because few still believe in the rational and color-blind rule of law — because there is not enough genuine American liberalism left to conserve.
— thus Ralph Hancock.
Peter Thiel’s takedown of Gawker, along with Gawker itself, are troubling indicators of the growing weaponization of American civil life.
Towards the end of the Republic, the Roman courts were also struggles for existence, where politics was carried on by other means and to the hilt.
That, if elected as President, his inaugural address will be a reasonable facsimile of this.
Or at least a palimpsest.
His Majesty was playing marbles with the cats this morning.
It’s not the stormtroopers per se. They’re just the means to an end. That end is the destruction of civil society to make room for Leviathan.
Scott Adams has the best explanation of Trump that I’ve read. Adams has been mostly accurate in his predictions too.
Is how many of my interactions online, even with old friends with whom I usually agree, have become testy.
It is very tempting to withdraw into my meditation chamber and not come out until December.
But that won’t pay the bills, so I remind myself that there is no salvation in politics.
His Majesty didn’t come to breakfast the other day.
It is now a commonplace that Trump has attracted a following only because there is a lot of legitimate anger out there.