THIS is why there’s ZERO chance of the US becoming Jesusland: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/01/22/religious-right-leaders-say-santorum-but-voters-flock-to-gingrich.html
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The Library of Congress has some interesting early documents on the Founders’ attitudes towards Islam. Really fascinating stuff.
Once again Steven Den Beste, my first and much beloved sempai-sama, takes a stab at intellectual seppuku.
I think the best response is…..Steven…..our side, the side of “our better angels”, already won. We elected a black man and a public intellectual. All that is left is the weeping and the gnashing of teeth on the other side.
Obama is the president of all americans….if he isn’t that, hes an oligarch supported by the intellectual elite…365 to 173.
The Grand Experiment of american self-governance is a tension between two sides of inherited human personality traits.
Researchers at UofT have shown that the psychological concern for compassion and equality is associated with a liberal mindset, while the concern for order and respect of social norms is associated with a conservative mindset.
No where in the constitution does it say that stupid, fearful, reactionary racists are denied self representation. But knowledge accrues. What we see now in America is the Epic Fail of All Conservative Memes.
1. the Free Market. The unregulated invisible hand of the market just punched America’s working class in the face. Like Dr. Pournelle says,
I have been trying to tell people this for a long time. Unrestrained capitalism leads to child sex slaves and human flesh for sale in the market place. Very few will approve; most will condemn; but it only takes a few to take “new bold steps” in exercising their “freedom.”
The remedy is not to regulate everything, but to use some sense in where you get your notions of justice. But that’s a matter for a much longer essay by someone in better shape than I am.
The usual pattern of regulations leads to stagflation. No regulation leads to horrors. Astonishing! Perhaps it is time to get out Aristotle and Cicero again…
2. the Center Right Nation. America IS a center right nation. But 50 years of boutique libertarianism and the Southern Strategy has rendered the GOP brand toxic to dark-skinned conservatives. And the Tea Party Movement is not republican FISCAL, it is republican FRINGE. The TPM is just as toxic to minorities and the youth demographic…if not moreso.
3. a Decisive President and a Strong Defense unfortunately turned into an intellectually incurious and belligerently stupid chief executive that initiated wars of choice and is still unable to admit disastrous errors in the face of mountainous empirical evidence.
4. the White Patriarchy Model of social cohesion is dust and ashes since blacks and women got the vote. the new model of social cohesion evolving is Social Democracy. without a viable social compact to offer minorities and women, the GOP is simply DOA as the demographic timer on non-hispanic caucs runs down.
Empathy correlates with higher IQ. Religiosity correlates with lower IQ.
The rightwing personality type exhibits much lower empathy and much higher religiosity.
Scientific knowledge accrues. Eventually, the conservative personality will be proven to correlate with statistically lower IQ than the liberal one. Conservatives suspect this now. Like Julian Sanchez says, modern conservatism is an inferiority complex masquerading as a political philosophy. Science and empirical data are eroding all the core conservative meme complexes with reality. I expect that when the negative correlation of conservative personality and IQ becomes a scientific fact a shift in self described party affiliation will occur.
And no one wants to be in the Stupid Party.
C’mon steven, you were an engineer and a scientist.
Yeah, we get that you hate Obama. Why wouldn’t you? Obama is the avatar of Jefferson’s natural aristoi, and the repudiation made flesh of 50 years of conservative dogma and fake-libertarianism.
In the old days of the USS Clueless you were never one for magical thinking.
You could rise to meet your destiny like Miyazaki’s Prince.
Or not, I guess.
Wise Woman: You cannot escape your destiny O Prince Ashitaka.
You can only rise to meet it.
aww AllahP sez theres no trackbacks! but i gave Steven one!
GMAFB: conservative Heritage Foundation declares the US is no longer a free country. It’s just “mostly free” – is that like “mostly dead” from the Princess Bride?
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“Moslems seek to influence a nation by immigration, reproduction, education, the government, illegal drugs and by supporting the gay agenda.”
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Uri Averny has quite a remarkable column on the US-Israeli dispute. The Jonathan Pollard example he uses is quite illustrative indeed.
via @kjhealy –
Hello America! Germany says, Welcome to 1883! The UK says, Welcome to 1911! France says, Welcome to 1930!
Dean tries to provoke a discussion about the term “Black”, arguing that it’s a term that only applies to the African Americans in the US and not to Africa. It’s similar to debates we’ve had here at TI in the past, especially this one.