It’s not often that I disagree with OneSTDV, but I disagree with this:
Basically what I’m trying to say is that reactionary politics might not really be all that great. It isn’t going to make you a better person and it definitely won’t make you feel better going to sleep at night.
Who was happier than H. L. Mencken? The pessimist, after all, is never disappointed. The proper reactionary attitude to mainstream society is detached amusement. You know which things you can control and influence and you see to those things. You laugh at the rest. (In fairness, I think One’s point may be that your political beliefs themselves shouldn’t be a source of happiness. With this point, I agree).
I guess we’re going with Theophile per this discussion.
Nothing is more bothersome to me than progressive discussions of the US prison population. "Despite our “land of the free” rhetoric, we deem it necessary (at great expense) to incarcerate more of our people, 2.3 million, than the world’s most draconian regimes." I’m pretty sure no on sits around saying the US prison population should be a little higher today. Doesn’t it depend on criminals to commit crimes at some point? The post also assumes that prisons have failed because they’re full of people. I don’t understand the logic at all. That said, I’m all for flogging.
The ultimate objection to my argument for the return of a de facto gold standard was that if we start down that route, USG will just take your gold. Instead, then you should take your meager returns from stocks and bonds and like them. Unfortunately, it appears that USG will probably come after those holdings as well.
Nothing puts affirmative action in context better than law school statistics. My wife has some good stories after being a law firm for a few years, but I’m not sure if I should share them.
Something’s wrong when you get better economic analysis from a game website than from economists.
The Sanandaji Principe: "due to the left leaning voting patterns of unskilled immigrant, we can only maximum have two out of three of Open Borders, Libertarianism and Democracy."
Fred Reed on democracy.
Pictures from a crack house.
A few people have asked me why I sometimes criticize Half Sigma. It’s most because he believes he knows the objective value of all goods and services. Even Marx was more skeptical of his own knowledge than that.
"Old books have good humour, proper manners, good smell, and wit: exactly what one expects in good society."