Monday Highlights

Good morning.

  1. The body, just a shell … or not!
  2. Slums, the upside.
  3. The Orthodox boot.
  4. The Woods doctrine.
  5. Quiet and the need for same.
  6. Of translation.
  7. Two posts on anathema, here and here.
  8. Mr Greenwald (attempts) to skewer the right on “small government.” This begs the question, the right gets to power and expands the power of government while making rhetorical gestures favoring downsizing federal power, the left gets to power and also expands the power of government while making rhetorical gestures favoring increasing federal power. If one is in favor of downsizing … which party do you choose? 
  9. CA vs Amazon.
  10. Military technology and Israel.
  11. Heh.
  12. Ontology, subsidiarity and equality.

One Response to Monday Highlights

  1. Mr Greenwald (attempts) to skewer the right on “small government.” This begs the question, the right gets to power and expands the power of government while making rhetorical gestures favoring downsizing federal power, the left gets to power and also expands the power of government while making rhetorical gestures favoring increasing federal power. If one is in favor of downsizing … which party do you choose?

    Unfortunately, in a majority-takes all system, you’re pretty much screwed if neither major party will implement your preferred outcome. You can attempt to change one or both of the parties by supporting a third-party candidate or by voting for outliers in that party clearly identified with that issue or you can take a harm management approach by voting for the party which would lead to an outcome you are less unsatisfied with.

    In this particular example, if you prefer to try to change one or both parties, you should vote for someone like Ron Paul or whatever crazy man the Libertarian party puts up. If you prefer to take the harm management approach, I would suggest voting for the Democratic incumbent or nominee, as at least tax-and-spend is much more responsible than borrow-and-spend and as the benefits they spend on are more helpful to the country and economy over the long term. (However you feel about universal health care, it is obviously worth some amount significantly more than zero, so spending for health care cannot be considered as wasteful as, e.g., the Iraq war or the latest “missile defense” boondoggle — missile defense is worthless and the Iraq war is actually worth much less than zero as its very existence requires money and lives.)

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