Randoms of the day

Kalim Kassam finds a wonderful quote:

While it is obviously quite true that Her Majesty the Queen did not arrive at her current station via a squalid and dishonest election campaign culminating in an unpopularity contest, these are not good reasons for abolishing or reforming the post she now holds.

As I’ve said before, I would like to see conservatives fight liberalism like this more often.

Bryan Caplan wonders why the revolutions that overthrew Communism didn’t make things worse. In short, the ones that worked were revolutions in favor of specific systems with specific leaders.

Kim Jong-Un is wearing the hat.

Unamusement Park on race.

Vegetarians are gay.

So are "finding yourself" and "emerging adulthood":

Free from external constraints (and often supported financially by their parents), twentysomethings have the opportunity to try an array of temporary jobs, relationships, educational paths, and residences to find which of these are most to their preference. In winnowing down the options, they are also able to “find themselves,” a discovery that will serve them well as adults, assuming they ever decide to become adults. Armed with the self-knowledge gained from a decade of working at Starbucks, joining the Peace Corps, and sharing a basement studio in Brooklyn with four other emerging adults, those at the end of emerging adulthood will better make the family and career decisions they had been putting off, resulting in a future of greater life satisfaction and stability.

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3 Responses to Randoms of the day

  1. Tschafer says:

    With regard to the “Velvet Revolutions” it also helped that at least some of these countries had long histories of, if not exactly freedom, at any rate non-totalitarian consensual political structures. For example, for most of its history, Poland’s monarchy was elective, Bohemia had a history of participatory politics, and the Austro-Hungarian empire had representative instiutions. The anti-Comminist demonstrators had this going for them, in any case. It really hurts me to have to agree with Caplan, but, hey, even a stopped clock is right twice a day…

  2. sconzey says:

    To the formalist, the answer to Caplan’s query is obvious: the Coloured Revolutions which make up the Fall of Communism made things better as they involved trading an awful government for a merely bad one; the aggressively malignant Bolshevik Universalism for the less-aggressively-malignant American Universalism.

    The Iranian revolution made things worse because it involved trading a good form of government (monarchy) for a bad one (democracy), which spontaneously decayed into an even worse one (theocracy via ochlocracy).

  3. Unamused says:

    Thanks for linking, Foseti.

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