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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

Political Murders

August 16th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

December 2014:

  • Two policemen are assassinated by a gunman who wanted revenge for Michael Brown.

 

July 2016:

  • A Black Lives Matter type murders 5 policemen in Dallas.
  • A black separatist murders three policeman in Louisiana.

 

June 2017: 

  • A gunman set out to kill Republican Congressmen and attempted to murder five different people.  Rep. Steve Scalise was in critical condition for some time.

 

July 2017:

  • An assassin kills a sitting policewoman because of hatred of the police.

 

August 2017:

  • A leftwing activist shot and killed his neighbor, a Republican committeeman for the county.
  • Just a few days ago, as everybody knows, at a protest where both sides showed up with clubs and shields and were using them, a racialist alt-right guy in Charlottesville ran down some alt-lefters, killing one, and was charged with homicide.  Next days neo-nazi websites were making fun of the dead girl.  Then the Washington Post ran an editorial calling for “direct action” that concluded “Start Throwing Rocks.”  Then a conservative  journalist called for the arrest on incitement charges of the editor in chief of the Washington Post.

Sometimes, I am spared the necessity of fulminating.  The facts fulminate for me. (more…)

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August 16th, 2017 10:14:33

Who Needs Coffee?

January 16th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

When you have warnings of impending civil war to wake you up?

In North Carolina, the Repub governor lost re-election, so the Repub legislature convened a special session to limit powers of the post.

Democrats nationwide howled w/ justified outrage; as we all know, legislators who dislike a governor should flee state to block quorum…

…facilitate occupation of government buildings by mobs, and have allies execute secret raids on homes on the governor’s supporters.

* * * *
1) cold Civil War
2) targeted political violence, mostly short of murder
3) political violence with murder as the default
4) Civil War II
We’re in Stage 1 now. Stages 2 and 3 are what we’re concerned with: the public getting mobilized. What’d that look like, on Left and Right?

thus David Hines

People forget that the Spanish Civil War didn’t just happen out of the blue. The immediate trigger was quasi-official leftist paramilitaries assassinating Calvo Sotelo, who was the leader of the revolutionary right. And there was much build-up before that.

Arguably Mr. Hines’ own post is itself another omen, however slight.

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January 16th, 2017 09:34:09

The Last Days of the Republic, Election Edition

November 08th, 2016 by Patrick Henry

This election has exceeded my expectations as far as ushering in the Caesars. It had once-respected institutions blatantly one-shotting their credibility, prosecution threats against political opponents, political opponents running criminal enterprises . . .
And then it turned itself up to 11.
Gov. McAuliffe of Virginia pardoned up to 60,000 felons so they could vote.

Wonderful.

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November 08th, 2016 15:25:15

Boy, I’m Feeling Cheery Today

September 28th, 2016 by G.

In his own way,  so is Angelo Codevilla.

 

It is later than you think.

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September 28th, 2016 07:42:47

Red and Blue Tribe Segregation for Personal Protection

June 09th, 2016 by Patrick Henry

An interesting outlook. It is bleak, plausible if too extreme, but also indulgent in wishful thinking.

The usual fate of the enemies of the established religion is not segregation.

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June 09th, 2016 16:27:31

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

Winter is Coming

June 19th, 2014 by Patrick Henry

Democracy requires citizenship. The concept of citizenship, and the concepts of virtue and liberal education that underpin it, rest upon a vast and unfathomably complex cultural structure. Liberal education, for example, cannot take root in a culture which is intolerant of dissent or suspicious of originality. Virtue will never be widespread in a culture that encourages license. There are tensions in the cultural structure, too—the same suspicion of originality that hinders liberal education might backstop virtue by resisting moral “innovation.”

The delicate balances needed here are why democracies are so rare in human history.

from the National Interest

One of the most deeply subversive lines of thought I had the folly of following when young was considering what kind of conditions were needed to sustain a democracy, and then considering what kind of conditions a democracy tended to be produce. I’ve been gloomy in politics since.

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June 19th, 2014 07:35:30

The Last Days of the Republic, Filibuster Edition

November 21st, 2013 by Patrick Henry

Roman Senate

 

So Senator Reid and the Democratic majority in the Senate has decided to use a sketchy political maneuver to end the 60-vote tradition for confirming judges.  The purpose is to pack the DC Circuit, which reviews and constrains executive branch action, and to distract from Obamacare.  Taken in itself, it isn’t that weighty.  The filibuster is just a political custom, after all, and not the most fundamental one.

The last days of the Roman Republic were also marked by an escalating series of  abuses of political traditions.  The censor used his old-timey power to perform sacrifices and suspend public business while he determined if the omens were right as a tool to block votes that were going to go against his faction.  Tribunes used their tribunate veto, which had before only been used to block the Senate, to veto other tribunes activities in the assembly of the people.  Men started to seek office for the criminal immunity it allowed.  Politically-motivated prosecutions became common.  Offices were extended beyond their normal term of years.  Constitutional reforms were proposed and even enacted because they helped the agenda of some party boss, only to be overturned when his power faded.

All this was bad enough.  Eventually other Roman customs went by the wayside too.  Faction leaders had wars declared to replenish their purse and burnish their popularity.  Sulla and Marius marched on Rome.  Caesar crossed the Rubicon.

 

The Roman Republic fell.  It took about a century. (more…)

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November 21st, 2013 12:07:15