We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"There is one aspect of the change in moral values brought about by the advance of collectivism which at the present time provides special food for thought. It is that the virtues which are held less and less in esteem and which consequently become rarer are precisely those on which the British people justly prided themselves and in which they were generally agreed to excel. The virtues possessed by Anglo-Saxons in a higher degree than most other people, excepting only a few of the smaller nations, like the Swiss and the Dutch, were independence and self-reliance, individual initiative and local responsibility, the successful reliance on voluntary activity, noninterference with one’s neighbor and tolerance of the different and queer, respect for custom and tradition, and a healthy suspicion of power and authority."
Because I'm an election judge, I was the captive audience of my Democratic counterpart in the primary runoff earlier this week. A long, slow day. He spent hours making charming conservational sallies at my clerk and me along the lines of, "So you think government is too big? I guess what you're saying is that you think it's a good idea for people to lose their life savings in failed banks and stave to death, huh?" We continued to be polite to him, if only because he's our elder, but gosh, I was glad when 7 p.m. rolled around.
Some people think the alternative to government is individual paralysis. I think this guy long ago lost all sense that people could do anything in voluntary concert, or that there was any way to ameliorate risk other than through government regulation. Poor schmuck.
We inherited some good traits from Saxon culture, but don't drift over into genetic causes of same. Not just because that has an unsavory history, but because there's no evidence for it. Bryan Sykes has shown darn good evidence that the Saxon/Dane/Norman contribution to English genes has been greatly overestimated. Even the East Anglians who settled NE were genetically more Brythonnic/Celtic than Teutonic.
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