The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Now we what C.S. Lewis was talking about.
I feel like a new bride, sort of. She knows she's gonna get it, she just doesn't know how big it's gonna be, or what it's gonna feel like, or whether she's really made a big, big mistake.
Or which orifice(s).
That's orifices, as at least two will be used. We all know the primary orifice; that's for insertion. The secondary orifice is our wallets; that's for extraction.
And again, and again, I have to keep banging my drum over here. If the non-socialist end of the political spectrum cannot create a political philosophy that is both good theory andemotionally appealing, we're doomed.
Any political philosophy that is not self-reinforcing is by definition not the best political philosophy. Libertarianism (with a small "l") features a stoic acceptance of individual risk (i.e. the lack of government intervention) for the sake of long-term freedom and prosperity--yet takes no measures to ensure that the society educates its young to maintain that acceptance of risk. The equilibrium, if it ever exists in the first place, is unstable and will collapse.
This aside from the fact that libertarianism is emotionally cold and unfulfilling to most people, who have not trained themselves to consider lack of outside restraint to be worth cherishing.
I'm hard at work on alternatives. It will take me a few years, but I'm working at it. I'd very much appreciate if more people were doing the same, as we'd be more likely to come up with something benign.
There's a shade of mass-movement also in the rise of Barack Obama, and that's not good.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
- C.S. Lewis
If we only fulfill our penance, He'll Save us!
"Be very afraid. Because I think the Dali-Bama has a good chance of beating Col. Tigh."
Which makes it even more important that people start getting the Senate and Congress in order; give Obama a bunch of liberal representatives to work with, and we are deep shit.
Just my opinion.
We're in deep shit.
The Republicans are going to get hammered in November.
people start getting the Senate and Congress in order
Too late to start now.
The Republicans can't blame anybody but themselves, they've fought the grassroots *hard* since 2006.
Hell, the Democrats on a local level have decided to run hard right - which is winning the races. Something the Republicans as a national party haven't figured out.
Only a Chicago ward-healer can fix our souls? How much izzat gonna cost, how much goes in the bag?
You know, it's one thing for liberals to call conservatives fascists, but it's quite another thing when their obvious fascist tendencies are punching you in the face, ala Obama's speech. The cheering is VERY sobering to those who use their noggins for more than holding hats and deciding which type of latte they're taking to the next rally.
The part that really bothers me is that while they're supposedly opposed to fascism, the reality is that they're only opposed to fascism that isn't of their particular brand.
Start getting ready now. The next 4 years is going to be interesting.
We in the DoD are watching closely....
It seems nature abhors a religious vacuum. When Christianity died in Europe, multiculturalism, eco-worship, and Islam filled the void. In the U.S., we're replacing the worship of God with Obamania. It's going to be a very rough ride.