Democracy that really listened to all the people would be an authoritarian nightmare.
Thus Brian Caplan
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.
I woke to the sound of His Majesty cackling happily. He was up early and feeding nips to the cats.
I thought Clinton versus Bush (round 2) was horrifying enough. But now it’s looking like Biden versus Trump.
One hopes sanity will yet prevail. But, if not, and this nightmare scenario comes to pass, I will write in Romney’s name in 2016.
His Majesty: “I’m writing in Cthulu. Why settle for the lesser evil?”
Actually, I think His Majesty has even worse in mind. Hold on to your hats.
George H. W. Bush did not need to be president, and Bill Clinton needed it worse than any normal human being can imagine.
His Majesty has been awfully quiet lately, but I could feeeeel the sourness swelling within him.
Indeed, there’s a tendency on the right to bemoan the fact that traditional morality is breaking down — and that’s obviously true. But the conclusion many take from it is that nothing is taking traditional morality’s place. I’ve been writing for years that this isn’t true. Society, like nature, abhors a vacuum; if you remove one moral dogma, another will rush in to take its place. That’s what much of political correctness is — an attempt to replace one system of customs, mores, values, and ethics with another. The idea that the tweedy Torquemadas who make lists of “trigger warnings” are moral libertarians —or libertines —is resplendently asinine in its manifest ignorance of how the world actually operates.
Thus Jonah Goldberg