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.
The condescension inherent in this vision is apparent in every step of Julia’s pilgrimage toward a community-gardening retirement. But in an increasingly atomized society, where communities and families are weaker than ever before, such a vision may have more appeal — to both genders — than many of the conservatives mocking the slide show might like to believe.
... liberalism does not work, contrary as it is to human nature. I wish I could just say that about every thirty years or so, forgetful Americans take an allergy shot of it, suffer the reaction, and then get another three decades of Carter/Obama immunity. But instead statist redistribution and intrusion are an insidious process, no longer specific just to Democrats, but bound up in the growing affluence and leisure of the West—both serving its various needs of alleviating guilt to the masses, subsidizing half the nation, and providing much envied power and lucre to a highly educated and technocratic elite who have little talent for acquiring either in the private sector. That it is not sustainable does not mean that it will not cause havoc as it totters and collapses. Look at Russia and Eastern Europe circa 1989, or the present-day EU, or Greece proper, or California or Illinois today.
What's intriguing about lawyer jokes is that there's no other profession that has a series of jokes about it. We've had Polish jokes and elephant jokes and blonde jokes and fat jokes and all the rest, but there's no such thing as "firemen jokes" or "insurance agent" jokes.
What do you call a busload of lawyers going over a cliff?
A good start.
Why was it a tragedy?
There were two empty seats.
If you put "doctors" or "policemen" or "webmasters" in there, people would look at you with a blank face and wonder what kind of sadist you are. But stick lawyers in there and everybody laughs at the truth of it.
One million children will not be diving off the diving board at the local YMCA or public pool this summer. Why? Fear of litigation. The diving boards have been removed.
Let me summarize Robert Reich's post. "We don't need socialism, we need capitalism where those greedy investors and owners only make their fair share"
At least he realizes that socialism is a philosophy of failure. Sad, he only wants to use newspeak to rebrand it as "capitalism" rather than embrace the power that always drive the future.
Odd, that the many in wealthy, successful capitalist societies yearn for socialism while enjoying freedom of movement and freedom to establish their socialist ideal in communities within the capitalist society. Those in poor, faltering socialist/communist societies dream of capitalism, usually from behind a fence with guard towers and are free to embrace socialism or die by gunfire for being insufficiently enthusiastic about socialism.
Just in case you missed it, there's a quirky story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal this morning about prairie dogs in a Utah town undermining the landing strips of an airfield. Reminded me of a story from several years ago which I think Maggies ran, about two inventors who devised a compassionate way to get rid of a surplus of prairie dogs in their neighborhood. They devised a huge vacuum, which they could position over a prairie dog burrow and which would pull the little dears right out of the burrow and into the "vacuum bag." Whoosh! Drop. They even had found a market for the slightly dazed prairie dogs. No ... not to kill and eat them. Instead, they shipped them to Japan as pets.
I wonder if the Utah town can still get the address of that Japanese marketer.