We are at a particularly contentious point in American politics. In all of it, there is a lot of finger-pointing. We blame the party bosses, the media, big money, lobbyists, extremists, and our own elected officials. Oh, and partisan politics: the worst bastards that every walked the Earth are our beloved fellow American sitting across … [Read more…]
We pay too much in taxes, and government should be run like a corporation. We hear this constantly from all quarters, but most importantly from our best and finest, i.e., the captains of failed industry and the CEOs of Ponzi-esque investment companies. Fortunately, there is a simple solution which addresses all of their concerns: Free … [Read more…]
There are some drawbacks to being 59 years old with two young children. I don’t have as much energy as I used to have, and I can’t keep up with them physically. I get tired and grumpy too easily. I think of a good friend of mine who commented a few years back, “I remember … [Read more…]
I like to ask my conservative friends the following question. “If there were a social program that got people off of the welfare rolls, lowered crime, emptied prisons, strengthened the workforce, grew the economy, and elevated the general level of education, would you be willing to talk about it?” When I put it that way, … [Read more…]
We think that prejudice, in and of itself, is a problem. But we, all of us, are constantly prejudiced about what is going on in the world around us, not just about people but about business, technology, and government. If we were not ‘prejudiced’, if we did not expect certain patterns, we could not function.
The real problem is that when our initial impression – our prejudice – becomes our only impression. The problem isn’t prejudice; the problem is closed-mindedness.
Free speech does not permit us to yell ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre; but what if we are only yelling ‘Firetrap!’? Free Speech Limits I have noted before that anger sells. I have no data, but I would guess that anger also sells any merchandise which accompanies the anger; that, while the carny is pushing … [Read more…]
Agitprop Anger sells. By using agitprop, we can use passions to override intelligence. At one point in the history of ancient Sparta, the leadership hit upon a political panacea: start wars. The Spartans were extremely militaristic, and when domestic disagreements got out of hand they would go start a war. Everyone would get angry(er), march … [Read more…]