Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Against democracy, questioning the Nolan chart, liberalism summed up, and more

  • Rand Paul's running for president. Probably the best of the mainstreamish bunch but I won't vote Republican for him. Rand's not his dad, who would have made a wonderful president; voted for Ron in two primaries and he's one of the only candidates I've gone to see in person, once in the rain.
  • The Anti-Gnostic: Democratic Man, criticizing democracy and America's consumer approach to religion. A word from Fr. Stephen Freeman.
  • Steve Sailer: Matthew Weiner on how "Mad Men" is driven by his resentment of WASP country clubs. As a social commentator, Weiner is on the winning side in the culture war. Yet, as an artist, he senses a void in the brave new America. While he may lack the vocabulary to articulate it, this longing helps give "Mad Men" its romantic aura that lifts it above its own soap-operaish and soft-porn tendencies. ... “Adding money and education doesn’t take the rude edge out of people.”
  • Ex-Army:
    • The Nolan Chart, part I. Maps aren't the terrain but still useful.
    • Part II.
    • Liberal: "Everything I don't like must be banned. Everything I like is a human right so it must be paid for by someone else."

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