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.
Goldman Sachs and those rich bonuses. Read the comments, too, at EconLog. If you don't think they earn it, you should meet some of them sometime: they aren't ordinary people. IQ, and an unusual abundance of ego strengths.
Thinking about Russia and autocracy. Daily Pundit. One quote:
Russia long ago chose to barter liberty for security. The only reason the Communists were overthrown there was that they ceased to provide security (or food, or shoes…). But there is small cultural thirst for liberty in Russia. Otherwise, Vladimir Putin would not be establishing his New Russian Autocracy today.