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.
Z Man is either nuts or pretty much evil. Vanderleun links to him a lot also, so I have read quite a bit of his commentary. The man is lacking in empathy, humility, and a respect for the inherent hard choices necessary for building and keeping a free society. His mode of argument is evasive, probably because he can't take on the other side of an argument and respond and rebut with precision and authority. So he reverts to emotional and tribal triggers to keep his readership going "oh yeah". Intellectual lightweight.
I disagree with him on a few things, but he's thinking harder and working harder than any mainstream conservative I can name. If "muh principles" conservatives want to know why their lunch is being eaten, they should read his blog.
A class in formal logic will give you little traction in the social/political landscape we live in. I'm reminded of the story of the man purchasing a new car. He established his criterion, and analyzed all the cars that met with his specifications and finally made his purchase. When asked why he chose the car he bought he answered, " Because it was blue".
The story is overused but true never the less. I'm not here to defend or explain the Z Man. It matters little if you could drive a truck through the holes in his logic. He is an effective writer precisely because he can harness emotion and tribal sentiments. That's the point. Whether you believe in the Capitalist Fairy tale or the Socialist Fairy tale, that decision will be based on emotion. That goes for the other ideologies that can be used to categorize or stratify society into manageable chunks. Ideologies are little more than fairy tales with consequences made up by people who desire control. I kinda go with the Maggie's Farm header statement but I do kinda like my tribe.
Reader since before the podcast started. I've found him more than interesting and engaging enough to keep reading and listening, and occasionally commenting, although his particular area of focus and the evident fact that he's utterly lost patience with every last one of the traditional commentariat leads him into the weeds from time to time.
Definitely a red-pill sort, not just with regard to immigration and race relations, but between the sexes, politics, culture, and economics as well.
The comment from "forest" above is spot-on. However much you agree or disagree with him, it's a good way to expose the contrast between the way "polite" society discusses things and and how a significant yet heretofore ignored part of the American public thinks of them.
I listen to his podcasts. He speaks the truth as he sees it, with no blinders on his eyes regarding the deleterious effects of liberalism on his urban locale (and yes, Baltimore IS a shiphole). To me, he also comes across as a bit of a white supremacist once in a while, which can be off-putting, but I believe he's still worth listening to. Your mileage may vary.
He posts often. He works darned hard to keep the blog interesting. He shows up a real-world conferences of like-minded types. All of that make him a 10 in my book.
He's a much better writer than a podcaster, which I think he'd be the first to admit. (he's new the podcast medium, however, and is improving rapidly).
Want to "get" TheZman? Read his "My Theory of Everything" series of posts listed at the top of his blog for a flavor. If you want to understand his sources, read the books he recommends in his "Essential Knowledge" posts.
I also get the sense that all of it is whistling past the graveyard...Conservative Inc. (and Liberal Inc. as well) have all the "right answers"...yet things keep getting worse. There's a certain amount of inertia to the decay in this nation, and writing a few pithy essays isn't going to change that.
Z man posts a ton of content and much of it is interesting. However, there is A LOT of Jew bashing both in the posts and on the podcast and his commenters then run with it to the far reaches of paranoia.
For the sake of discussion, let's say there is a bit of truth in some/most/all stereotypes. You note this, it's edgy and brave nowadays. Put it in context and write or speak artfully and maybe there is a solid point to be made. But when you do it again and again, and again, and again, and then refer to it as (The Issue) everyone understands (hint hint, wink wink), it becomes something else, something very familiar and tiresome.
He goes so far as to talk about "the Jewish Question," conveniently abbreviated "the JQ," since we all know what we're kind of openly but not really talking about, right?
Whatever point there was originally gets lost in the repetition and assumed familiarity and consensus and becomes, well, you know what it is.
This is what is called a lie. There is zero "Jew bashing" in my posts or my podcast. Either you are unfamiliar with my work or you just enjoy lying.
A safe guess is it is the latter and you are a hateful bigot.