Going Galt

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There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.
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Senator Kit Bond: Authoritarian Asshole

(WIL WHEATON dot VOX) I’m not here to say that the government is always right, but when the government tells you to do something, I’m sure you would all agree that I think you all recognize that is something you need to do. — Sen. Kit Bond (R-Missouri), explaining why his fellows had to lock … Continue reading “Senator Kit Bond: Authoritarian Asshole”

Is Rudy Giuliani a Fascist?

(via email) What we don’t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do. — … Continue reading “Is Rudy Giuliani a Fascist?”

You can’t call yourself a think tank if all your ideas are stupid

New Rule, in two parts: A) You can’t call yourself a think tank if all your ideas are stupid. And B), if you’re someone from one of the think tanks that dreamed up the Iraq War, and who predicted that we’d be greeted as liberators, and that we wouldn’t need a lot of troops, and … Continue reading “You can’t call yourself a think tank if all your ideas are stupid”