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Feb. 23rd, 2017 07:02 am
supergee: (coy1)
I am a recovering libertarian in the same way that I am a recovering drug addict: It felt good but wasn’t sustainable.

Back in the 60s there were a lot of alleged problems like gaysex, dirty books, comedians using the F-word on stage, and dope smoking that people were supposed to be arrested for. Some of us filthy hippies thought that the government should mind its own business. Then there was an Asian war for which the same solution applied, and I started wondering how much it generalized.

In the 70s Robert Nozick wrote a great book called Anarchy, State, & Utopia. I remember that after The Times reviewed it, they got an angry loc saying that the very existence of the book proved that we’re going to Hell in a handbasket because it would make it acceptable to consider politics an imposition on the life of the individual. Since that’s how I feel, I thought it was nifty. (It wasn’t quite Area Teen Is the Only Libertarian in the World, but I did feel outnumbered. And in my more lucid moments I realize that I am extreme, and I have compared my feeling about the need for politics to that of the unfortunate souls who are horrified and disgusted that the survival of the species requires that icky business with pee-pees and hoo-hahs. But as Uncle Sigmund said about paranoids in general, I am not entirely mistaken.) And he did make libertarianism academically respectable.

Nozick did not say, as some of his enemies and some of his supporters maintain, that any State intervention in the economy puts us on the road to gulags. What he said was that the more government we have, the more it controls our private lives and the more it is open to the abuses of totalitarianism, and that the tipping point is likely to come when we decide that a just distribution of everything is the state’s business (which Richard Rorty said is the defining quality of the Left). I agree.

But Nozick reratted to liberalism, and so did I. Libertarianism doesn’t work, and Scott Alexander has a thorough discussion of why it doesn’t.
supergee: (rocket coyote)
State attorney general vs. Exxon and the SCROTUS. Of course I’m on her side.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.
supergee: (shades)
Foreign minister does not want to deal with uncivilized country that supplies terrorists. I don’t think this is the Sweden thing that frightened Dolt45, but you never know.


Feb. 18th, 2017 06:11 am
supergee: (monkeys)
How the troll factory helped elect its ideal representative
supergee: (thumb)
The Republicans are shocked that people could react to a presidential election by refusing to go along with what the winner wants to do. Where could we ever have gotten an idea like that? Over on the other side, there are people suggesting that we do to Trump everything the Republicans did to Obama—yell “you lie,” make fun of his name, call his wife a whore—because, hey, they did it. Jim Wright suggests we act civilized instead.
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Whereas ad blockers are a necessary defense against spam and malware, I have decided that sites that don’t let us use ad blockers fall into the category of “An invader has no rights” and I can take their stuff and post it. Here is Kiplinger’s recognizing that I went to the best college in America and did library school at the best public university:

"Topping our combined list this year is Swarthmore College, a small, competitive liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia. Princeton University, in Princeton, N.J., leads the private universities list for the third straight time, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—a perennial winner—once again takes top honors in our rankings of public colleges."

"Swarthmore College moved to the head of our combined list this year in part because of generous financial aid awards and a competitive 12% admission rate. It also leads our list of liberal arts colleges for the sixth time. Most of its idyllic 425-acre campus, 11 miles outside of Philadelphia, is set on an arboretum. Swatties can hop a train at the station at the edge of campus for the 30-minute ride to Philly’s Center City.

"Swarthmore’s annual sticker price ($64,840) is sobering at first glance. But more than half of its students receive need-based aid, and the average award slashes the total cost of attendance by 68%, to $20,584. Like many of the institutions in the upper tier of our rankings, the school’s financial aid awards keep loans off the table. All aid is in the form of scholarships and grants. One-third of students still borrow, but the average debt among recent graduates was $18,262, about 40% less than the national average for borrowers at private colleges.
supergee: (pissed)
Once again, the Rude Pundit gets it right:
In a twist right out of Shakespeare, President Obama's fatal flaw is the very thing that launched him into the presidency in the first place: his belief in the basic decency of people. It has failed him time and again, yet so often when dealing with his political opposition, he has treated them with respect and dignity that they did not deserve and that they refused him. It failed him when he tried to get Mitch McConnell to release a joint statement on the hack before the election. McConnell said he wouldn't do it and, if the Democrats did, he would just call it political games and discredit it. So, being decent, Obama backed down. Everyone in that situation should be ashamed.
Here’s the whole post (uses language)
supergee: (coy1)
“At times, it’s felt like a half-finished Game of Thrones episode. You nip out to get some pizza, and when you get back, EVERYONE IS DEAD AND THE SHITS ARE IN CHARGE,” but there were 99 good things in 2016.

Thanx to Metafilter


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