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.
Americans love Big Government. But it's not a blind love — it all depends on the direction the arrow is pointing on the cashflow chart. Ask George W. Bush, who got himself cruficied for trying to reform Social Security. Ask anybody who has touched Medicare, or even idly thought aloud about doing so. Ask a farmer or anybody marching in the Small Business Administration pork parade.
If Obama is an enigma today, it's because of the contrast between his remarkably open disdain for his domestic rivals and opponents on the one hand and his obsequious approach to the nation's foreign adversaries on the other. As enigmas go, however, this one is more troubling than puzzling.
...the fury directed against Palin by leftists is so overwrought, and at times maniacal, precisely because her innate common sense is so powerful and effective when she dares to declare that the emperor of government economic planning has no clothes. Like Mises and Reagan, Palin understands with utter (and to leftists, frightening) clarity that leftist utopias have no practicality or viability, but are, in Mises' words, "illusory fantasies."
Like most people, self-important intellectuals don't like their cherished dreams and aspirations dismissed as fantasies.
You're right, as usual, Tom Francis. What a boring and badly-run world it would be if men were more like women. I like men exactly the way they are, intransigent darlings that they can be. Women need men to be driving, goal-oriented problem solvers that they are. Men need women to be the consensus style managers that they are.
We're puzzle pieces that fit together, not duplicates.
I've read a couple of Bank's Sci Fi "Culture" novels & I liked them a lot; on a base-line level I think he's a good writer-as-a-writer -- he's got good craft. The "Culture" he imagines, though, I'm not keen on at all; he is a left/liberal, and true to someone with those instincts he imagines that humanity is not competent to manage its own affairs without paternalistic guidance and control. On earth, that would be a big government stuffed with experts and various elite functionaries; in his "Culture" it's almost god-like artificial intelligences coupled with a manufacturing capacity that has pretty much abolished material want.
That said, in both books I read, the premise of the "Culture" did not go unexamined -- there are sympathetic characters who are repelled or uncomfortable with what the Culture represents. So I'll give him that, even though his sympathies lie with the "Culture" side.