JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2007/08/sign-of-hope.html (11 comments)

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jsid-1187712180-578677  ben at Tue, 21 Aug 2007 16:03:00 +0000

"They were waiting for society to change, for it to become less unfair, with more equitable wealth distribution..."

Do that, and all you will end up with is scumbags who have more money. For a while.

jsid-1187715294-578681  Drew458 at Tue, 21 Aug 2007 16:54:54 +0000

TWO bullseyes over at Kims today. I thought you might have run with the other one - the Harvard study - because it ties in really tightly with your Questions From the Audience posts last year. But to your readers it's probably restating the obvious. I think I'll put something up at BMEWS that ties both together.

jsid-1187715365-578682  Ed at Tue, 21 Aug 2007 16:56:05 +0000

A sign of Hope? Perhaps. I fear the Brits have gone too far down this path to ever reverse the trend.

I see a lot of hope here in the US, at least in the free states.

jsid-1187717828-578684  Markadelphia at Tue, 21 Aug 2007 17:37:08 +0000

And what would those free states be exactly?

jsid-1187719661-578687  Ed at Tue, 21 Aug 2007 18:07:41 +0000

The free states are generally those that have "Shall issue" concealed carry laws. That's not a definition per se, just a consequence of being "free".

jsid-1187726216-578692  Markadelphia at Tue, 21 Aug 2007 19:56:56 +0000

Well, I guess my state of Minnesota is free.

jsid-1187734534-578703  Gregg at Tue, 21 Aug 2007 22:15:34 +0000

How is that free? How is begging the government for permission to carry a defensive tool freedom? Oh, I get it you're using orwellian doublespeak, right.

Sorry mate as far as I can tell there are NO free states or States currently extant.

jsid-1187735473-578705  Ed at Tue, 21 Aug 2007 22:31:13 +0000

I don't disagree Gregg, but the growth of "Shall Issue" States and "Stand your Ground" laws is one of those grass roots movements that DOES give an old fart like me hope.

Indeed, I'll postulate that the degree of difficulty in obtaining a CCW is inversely proportional to the degree of freedom in a State. By this measure VT and Alaska are the most free (no permit required).

I'm most encouraged by Virginia (my state). The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) is the most effective grass roots gun rights movement extant in this country.

We need more of these!

jsid-1187742289-578716  DJ at Wed, 22 Aug 2007 00:24:49 +0000

Wanna read more about the England he describes? I just finished Theodore Dalrymple's Our Culture, What's Left of It. If it doesn't chill you to the bone, then you're dead already.

jsid-1187745185-578720  Kevin Baker at Wed, 22 Aug 2007 01:13:05 +0000


Have your read his Life at the Bottom? Burgess' A Clockwork Orange pales in comparison. Actually, it would seem that the "yob" culture used Burgess as a training manual, and expanded on it.

jsid-1187807184-578749  DJ at Wed, 22 Aug 2007 18:26:24 +0000

Yes, I read it first, Kevin. That's why I bought Our Culture, What's Left of It. Damn, but he can write, and he thinks as well as he writes.

Ah, the coincidences again. I had put on Walter Carlos' Timesteps from the soundtrack for A Clockwork Orange (a vinyl LP, no less) when I started reading Our Culture. Big mistake. The visions of that movie were dancing in my head as I read. I'm not prone to nightmares, but that combination disturbed my sleep for a few days.

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