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Feb 07, 2008
Politics, Bloviation
Merit has nothing to do with America; it’s all about white male privilege. Do not be fooled by the rise of Hillary and Obama; put them together, and what do you have? White. Male. - Bleat

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Feb 04, 2008
Politics

Oh, and what's up with this "true conservative"/"true liberal"/"true libertarian" crap?

Is there anybody who uses this phrase and doesn't simply mean "truly agreeing entirely with me?"

I have a sort of mental translation table I use to decode what people really mean; my classic example is "free" -> "paid for", which works pretty well. I've recently added "X is not a true Y" -> "I am an arrogant twit which can't conceive of the idea that I might not be entirely correct in my views", and it seems to be working out pretty well too.

(Note the tone is important; there's usually an implicit "and for that alone, you must not vote for them" on the end of the statement. If, perchance, someone takes the time to at least lay out a definition of Y for the purpose of argument, then it can be legit in that context. But that's not what happens.)


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Feb 02, 2008
Politics

Ignorance is bliss.

Therefore, political ignorance is bliss.

The Internet has brought us a high level of political coverage and punditry available at a click. With that, many more people now have detailed dossiers on every political candidate in the nomination process. And what has this knowledge brought us?

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Scientific Federalism
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Nov 13, 2007
Politics

There are three great political issue categories: Economic, Social, and Foreign Policy. Today I wish to speak on the Economic issues.

Up to quite recently, I've been describing myself as a little-l libertarian on economic issues. I've considered it a good and proper function of government to internalize externalities and to perform some monopoly busting, but to otherwise let the invisible hand do its efficient thing.

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