– Dug up by Spandrell:
The strange thing is that none of these mid-century writers (except for Carlyle and Ruskin) seemed to notice that the triumph of rational philosophy had resulted in a new form of barbarism.
– J.K. Baltzersen digs up a Tolkien quote:
Give me a king whose chief interest in life is stamps, railways, or race-horses; and who has the power to sack his Vizier (or whatever you care to call him) if he does not like the cut of his trousers.
– The Cathedral – Ivy League grads protesting the activities of other Ivy League grads
– Richard Spencer predicts more "Jonah Goldberg wars." He also predicts one will go awry. How dare he suggest that random wars have consequences?
– From EKL (and wcsoto): "Rivarol has told us that a monarch might be a Marcus Aurelius or a Nero, a crowd can be collectively a Nero, but never Marcus Aurelius"
– DC had a school reformer, Michelle Rhee, who progressive elites loved but who progressive voters hated. Progressive elites loved her because she was trying to close The Gap, while progressive voters hated her because most of DC’s progressive voters are black (and Rhee is not black) or unionized (and reforming education requires taking on unions). Yglesias has a post suggesting that Rhee’s reforms will result in good teachers getting paid more. I’m willing to bet that it will also result in bad teachers getting paid more (my agency has performance based pay and everyone’s performance is above average). The bureaucracy always wins the long game.
– Bryan Caplan on greed and wealth. Shockingly, it appears that people who don’t value saving money don’t get wealthy!
– Nice when spreading democracy leads to spreading genocide.
– Spandrell tries to define reactionary. I’m not anti-Jewish or anti-banksta. Jews are, generally, just really progressive – I see no reason to create a separate category. Bankstas are just part of USG. Again, there’s no reason to create a separate category.