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How to Make America Great Again in 3 Easy Steps

December 02nd, 2016 by MC

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To my mind, the most distinctive feature of the recent presidential election was the way in which it scrambled previously-stable political coalitions. Even Mormon voters, who are perhaps more similar to one another in mindset and political views than any other religious group, found themselves opposed in ways they never thought possible: Mommy-blogger was divided against mommy-blogger, and church-baller against church-baller.

Mormon Trump voters and McMullin voters differed less in political or moral views than in the meaning they impute to the act of voting. McMullin voters (like my in-laws) seemed to think of their vote as an affirmation of their values. By withholding a vote from Trump, they were making a statement about what they consider to be acceptable behavior in a president.

Although I voted for Trump, I have no quarrel with the “endorsement” view of voting. Not one person in the whole country can say, or likely ever will be able to say, that his vote changed the result of the election. Thus, the “meaning” which we attribute to our individual vote is essentially metaphysical, and not really subject to rational argument. (more…)

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December 02nd, 2016 04:45:19

The charming eccentricities of a better elite

November 22nd, 2016 by Vader

Long gone.

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November 22nd, 2016 21:26:21

Political progress

November 20th, 2016 by Vader

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.

Aristotle (384-322 BC)

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November 20th, 2016 22:35:57

Why I am not a libertarian

November 14th, 2016 by Vader

His Majesty: “Because you are an evil Sith overlord, of course.”

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November 14th, 2016 18:08:12

Angina Monologue 32

November 08th, 2016 by Vader

His Majesty was in a happy mood this morning.

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November 08th, 2016 09:32:29

Sensible Politics

October 06th, 2016 by G.

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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October 06th, 2016 06:59:34

None of the above

August 10th, 2016 by Vader

I have always thought that withholding a vote on principle was also a legitimate way of voting.
— Thus Carl Anderson
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August 10th, 2016 09:13:40

Election ’16

August 03rd, 2016 by Vader

In a nutshell:

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.
–Thus Ian Tuttle
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August 03rd, 2016 08:01:14

Our War of the Roses

July 28th, 2016 by Vader

In the great contest between the House of Trump and the House of Clinton, sensible patriots are rooting for casualties.

— Thus Kevin D. Williamson

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July 28th, 2016 08:59:47

Hammer, meet nail

June 08th, 2016 by Vader

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.

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June 08th, 2016 12:07:50

The Decline of the American Republic

May 26th, 2016 by Patrick Henry

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.

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May 26th, 2016 10:20:22

Palpatine pledges

May 23rd, 2016 by Vader

That, if elected as President, his inaugural address will be a reasonable facsimile of this.

Or at least a palimpsest.

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May 23rd, 2016 09:16:44

Angina Monologue 30

May 23rd, 2016 by Vader

His Majesty was playing marbles with the cats this morning.

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May 23rd, 2016 05:24:46

The Yudkowsky-Moore Law

May 02nd, 2016 by Vader

Every eighteen months, the minimum IQ necessary to destroy the world drops by one point.

Sadly, it has an equally alarming corollary.

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May 02nd, 2016 10:10:20

Graft

April 05th, 2016 by Patrick Henry

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April 05th, 2016 14:40:38