Randoms of the day

On regulators

AMcGuinn has been doing some excellent blogging lately. There are plenty of gems like this one: “It is impossible for a democracy to make peace with a non-democracy. Overthrowing non-democracies is a permanent foreign policy aim of any democracy.” Or here: “Democracy is a method of producing a group of people with both the capability and the motivation to make government worse.”

Game is Reactionary

Is our government capable of passing any law without attempting to undermine the traditional family?

A round-up of monarchist reactions to the situation in North Africa (I love the blogosphere).

Big banks are now GSEs: “This newspaper recently reported that these banks pay 78 basis points less for their funds than their smaller rivals.” (I disagree with the article, but I found this fact interesting.)

Weirdest argument ever against laissez-faire.

I’m somewhat sympathetic to arguments that “the rich” have too much influence on government, but we should recognize that it is basically their government: “Almost half of California’s income taxes come from the top 1% of earners. In New York, the percentage is now 41%, up from 25% in 1994. In Connecticut and New Jersey, the top 1% pay more than 40%.”

12 Responses to Randoms of the day

  1. paladin says:

    Wait, why would I want it to be easier for my wife to get a credit card in her name? What’s the tactical or strategic motivation for that? It seems to me that making it harder for a non-working spouse to get credit also makes it less rewarding for a non-working spouse to split “their” family up.

    (De-gendered pronouns provided for free, of course.)

    • Foseti says:

      Fair enough – though it would be really irresponsible to not have your wife have any credit history in the event that something happened to you.

      • paladin says:

        Good response; but if something happens to me I’m insured against death and disability. That’s my contribution to responsibility. (Do you think my wife can support our 3 boys on credit cards?)

        I don’t want the entire society to encourage wives to appear financially independent of their husbands when they’re not. Such a situation harms families (as the ignorant wife thinks she’s more independent than she actually is), husbands in general (who will wind up paying for debts they may not have even known about), divorced people of both genders, and (finally) credit card companies.

        Now, I’ve got a different echo of your original question. “Is it possible for our government to pass a family-supporting policy ON PURPOSE?” This one was an accident; it’s a side effect of a bank-facing policy, and if anyone realized what you’re pointing out they’d cancel it so quick your head would spin.


  2. Hail says:

    “Game Is Reactionary” (“Game is hollow in many respects because it is immaturely utilitarian…the practice is soulless and is not conducive to a man’s long-term growth and maturity“) reminds me of a similar and incisive piece:

    Game is ‘beta’
    Game is marketed to emotionally dead males, because only those who are emotionally dead can ever view sexual relationships as being so simple as scoring with a series of random, semi-anonymous chicks who one doesn’t like or respect.

    • Foseti says:

      I think this is an oversimplification of game, but it does sort of describe the Mystery-style game.

    • Handle says:

      This is making a categorical error of the conflation of ends and means. Game is not a “philosophy” that can tell you what one ought to do, nor does anyone present it as such. Game is merely an “art-and-science” and pastiche of various techniques and methods that have been shown by experience to help one be more likely to have success at accomplishing a particular end should that be what one wishes to achieve.

      You could call it “The Theory And Practice of Female Seduction” if you like. It is a framework of empirically-based abstract and generalized rules-of-thumb and heuristics that target the workings of the average modern female sexual id.

      In this way, learning game is no different than picking up a book on sales, or management, or negotiations, or leadership, or practical Psychology or Carnegie’s “How to win friends and influence people” or any other guide to interpersonal interaction skill.

      So “soulless practice” and “scoring anonymously” has nothing to do with “Game” – these are merely certain people’s ends which all practitioners need not share, and they are attributes of certain individual’s personality and philosophies that are altogether independent of the question of inter-gender relations and conforming one’s behaviors and attitudes to those patterns most helpful in creating allure.

  3. […] from Foseti is an interesting as well as humorous comment on the perquisites that perhaps should accrue to the […]

  4. sardonic_sob says:

    The great economist Dr. Kurt Richebächer once pointed out that Communism was considerably more effective than it might first appear: “It can even produce Germans who *do not want to work.*”

    I thought of this quote when I read the second one on Democracy above. Give Democracy enough time and it can screw up ANY system, no matter how good the original design or the people and institutions it has to work with.

    • Foseti says:

      That’s a great quote.

      • sardonic_sob says:

        Richebächer was a Central Casting German intellectual – if he didn’t go to Heidelberg, he should have – but he had a wicked sense of humor. I really imagine him drawing out this quote and speaking the “Germans WHO DO NOT WANT TO WORK!” line with incredulous horror, like someone might say, “puppies… WITH POISONOUS ATOMIC LASER EYES!”

        Here’s a good quote *about* him:

        “Sometimes I think that the job of central bankers is to prove Kurt Richebächer wrong.”

        (Paul Volcker.) Higher praise it is hard to imagine.

  5. Thank you for the link, sir!

    It certainly is a monarchist round-up, but the reactions are not all monarchist.

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