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Evil...I heard the word and I was immediately lead by a higher poer to this article H/T Big Lizard
Desperate Dems Declare Dastardly Deal
Congressional Democrats, still struggling for attention from an increasingly bored and impatient electorate, have decided upon a new attempt to humiliate the president, undercut the troops, and perhaps finally, finally satisfy the nutroots that the elected leaders really are radicals and not just poseurs. If you can figure out what they're trying to do, my hat is off to you, because I can't make heads or teakettles out of it: (more)
(off color editorializing joke) Several people At a tony DC cocktail party at the height of the Lewinsky scandal were speculating on whether Bill Clinton was circumcized. One socialite offered an observation.
"Impossible" a tippler quired.
"Why is that"
"Because there's no end to that prick"
Individual freedom, property rights, free trade and limited government are not exactly core values of either major party today, but they were the philosophical and political stuff America was founded on. Brian Doherty, a Reason magazine editor, has written “Radicals for Capitalism,” a “freewheeling” history of the post-World War II libertarian movement whose brilliant, principled and always outnumbered thinkers -- lead by icons Milton Friedman, Ayn Rand, Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises -- have greatly influenced American politics and public policy. I talked to Doherty Feb. 21 by phone from Los Angeles. (more)
I ejoyed this article and as a more strict constructionist of the Constitution I enjoyed the insight. However it is exremely hard to establish a competitve third party in this country and those prone to the Libertarian Party would gravitate from the Republican Ranks. The two parties must be able to accomodate each other if we are to have the lesser of the two evils pulling the levers. Social and political change comes faster in our world today but still moves at a relatively glacial speed. For my money I would pull the Republicans toward the Libertarians as Ronald Reagan did, using education, and emphasizing that in these are freedoms for all, not just a class who want to be "rulers" of use lesser humans. The take away is that if we entrench ourselves and allow single issue factions to rend our tapestry we are not going to win, and thus even the glacial progress back to sanity will be retarded.
"We hate and fear our human nature and build great bulwarks of denial. But yet, but yet. We are only human. It's the age-old tragic view vs. utopian view of human nature. Liberals please take note."
Also -- check out link for great pic
"We believe deeply that the denial of 'life's dark side in ourselves' is the key to what's wrong with the utopianist left world view."
And a comparison of Papa Ratzi with Ahmadinejad
"Both Benedetto and the Sheik understand the power of the press, and each would exploit it for his own vision of the good. One preaches hate, the other, love. One would violently crush all dissent, the other would engage all of humanity in a cosmic conversation. As we blogged last year:
"And we do think we know the answer to Fallaci's "some human truth here that is beyond religion." It's the tragic view of human nature -- vs. the left's utopian, blank-slate, noble-savage one that denies any such thing as human nature -- that acknowledges the dark side in all of us and tries to design political institutions -- the U.S. Constitution comes to mind -- that channel our potentially destructive human nature into productive self-fulfillment (can you say invisible hand?) that redounds to the good of the larger community."
You've got me to thinking I may want to blog about the topic again, with Brooks as a springboard. More here: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&c2coff=1&client=safari&rls=en&q=+site:sisu.typepad.com+sisu.typepad+tragic+view+human+nature