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More on Legitimacy

February 14th, 2018 by Patrick Henry

  • Games— What is legitimate and what is not matters a lot in games.  Legitimacy in games is shaped by the formal rules, but it is not the same as the formal rules.  Some actions will be legitimate even though they illegal (a certain amount of holding in football, for instance).  Other actions will be illegitimate even though they are legal (going for 2 instead of a PAT when up by 28 points in the 4th quarter).  It isn’t immediately obvious why legitimacy should apply to both games and political sovereignty.  Maybe life has been gamified for much longer than we thought!  The real answer is that political legitimacy is about rules and expectations for leadership and followership.  Games are making rules and expectations into a form of play.  Because there is overlap, there is a lot we can learn about legitimacy from games.


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February 14th, 2018 07:27:12

A man who betrays his wife…

January 24th, 2018 by Bookslinger

… would also betray his country.

(Not original to me. I forgot where I picked it up.)

This aphorism’s truthfulness is apparent in the political scandals of the last 25 years.

I think it has been documented that our current president was not faithful to his first two wives. And it has been alleged that he was not faithful to his current wife.

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January 24th, 2018 12:23:34

Populism versus Reaganism

January 16th, 2018 by Vader

Above all else, Reaganism was about freedom, even at the cost of some security.

Above all else, Bannonism was about security, even at the cost of some freedom.

Bannonism is the repudiation of Reaganism.

–As observed by George H. Nash.

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January 16th, 2018 11:48:13

Target identification

January 02nd, 2018 by Vader

As far as I can tell, the entities that act most like the way leftists imagine corporations act are governments and online mobs.

— Thus Joseph Hertzlinger

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January 02nd, 2018 14:59:34

Things Today

December 14th, 2017 by G.

  • A partial-birth abortion Democrat got elected in deep red Alabama.  “Deep red.”  Demography matters, and every state now is on the left of the spectrum 20 years ago.  Progress  mindlessly churns on.
    • The GOP candidate was a bad candidate for all sorts of reasons.  But that’s populism for you.  No one is in charge, its not organized, its not thinking long term.  If it were, it wouldn’t be populism.
    • Whatever you want to call the vague malcontent right movement that has coalesced behind Donald Trump, it is feeling like taking risks and is therefore is prone to overreach.  The establishment and the establishment media still have considerable power and can exercise it when given an opening.  They did in Charlottesville and they did here.
    • A really good insight was in a couple of places at Instapundit.com.  The insight was that if the GOP establishment accomplished anything and ever did what they said, the voters wouldn’t have to keep picking crazier and crazier people on the hopes of getting someone crazy enough to actually follow through.  The voters are populists because the elite is incompetent at best and probably disloyal.
    • The Republican establishment is like the Bourbons.  They learn nothing, they forget nothing.


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December 14th, 2017 07:06:50

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