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Entries from January 30th, 2021

The Only Winning Move

January 30th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on The Only Winning Move · Found on the Web

Clarity in Trump’s Wake: this is a long essay but insightful in its sprawling. The people versus the elites; populism versus oligarchy. Trump was so close to what we needed—someone willing to take on the oligarchs but not susceptible to their weaknesses—but his lack of principle made him tack slightly nihilist. We are where we […]

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Naughty Boy

January 29th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Naughty Boy · Found on the Web

A Pass for Kevin Clinesmith: the FBI attorney who lied and falsified evidence that served as a predicate for FISA surveillance of a private citizen (plus all the people he interacted with) got 12 months probation, no disbarment, and $100 fine. This contrasts mightily with General Michael Flynn, who plead guilty to lying to federal […]

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The Seen

January 29th, 2021 by Bill Brown · 1 Comment · Found on the Web

Insurrection aftermath – Staffers struggle with trauma, guilt and fear: this article describes the trauma of January 6th that has led many Congressional employees to avail themselves of therapy and other mental health resources. There are oblique references scattered throughout that “a number of lawmakers and senior staffers … had been working remotely”—making one wonder […]

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Dynamic Stagnation

January 28th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Dynamic Stagnation · Found on the Web

Technological stagnation – Why I came around: I am unconvinced. He (and many others in progress studies) look at the big innovations of the past and dismiss the incremental ones that have characterized the modern era. One need only watch a few episodes of How It’s Made to marvel at the scale on which the […]

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Climate Catasrophe

January 27th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Climate Catasrophe · Found on the Web

Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad: My mind absolutely reels at the implications of this, all handled with the stroke of a pen. This is whole ass’ing the global warming problem, a pillow held firmly over the face of the economy. I am now a climate alarmist after reading this.

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Not Right

January 26th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Not Right · Found on the Web

Greenwald – Ruling Class Define Insurgency As Anyone Who Has An Ideology Other Than Neoliberalism: this is not good. HR350 (text here) was recently introduced to combat the “domestic terrorism” Biden referred to in his Inaugural Address. This is a war on ideology straight out of Hoover’s COINTELPRO playbook minus the secrecy—they don’t need it […]

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Bastions of “Fact”

January 24th, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Bastions of “Fact” · Found on the Web

Sen. Paul Joins ABC’s “This Week”: 97% of political scientists agree that the election was fair and free. Don’t be an election denier.

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Once Again

January 23rd, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Once Again · Found on the Web

Biden’s First Foreign Policy Blunder Could Be on Iran: so much of Biden’s public actions seem like a continuation of Obama’s policies. It doesn’t surprise me at all that his diplomacy would follow.

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The Philosophy of Grammar

January 23rd, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on The Philosophy of Grammar · Found on the Web

Principles of Grammar: this was published last month and I remember Peikoff’s lecture version of this quite fondly. Let’s see how it comes out in written form.

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January 22nd, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Ostracism · Found on the Web

Florida bank says it has closed Trump’s accounts: it’s a private corporation and it can do whatever it desires with its property—people are free to boycott the company for its shunning. And it’s conceivable that every bank could similarly refuse to do business with him but he’d still have the option of cash. Every ISP […]

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January 22nd, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Self-Censorship · Found on the Web

The Washington Post Memory-Holed Kamala Harris’ Bad Joke About Inmates Begging for Food and Water: that crosses a bright line between “newspaper” and “mouthpiece.” It’s a private entity so it can sabotage its integrity as much as it wants but that’s an excuse to withhold judgement. Judgement is absolutely required; a robust culture of freedom […]

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Political Costumery

January 22nd, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Political Costumery · Found on the Web

The Iowahawk Sequence: this is trenchant historical analysis dressed up in comedy.

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The Amendment is Spoiled

January 22nd, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on The Amendment is Spoiled · Found on the Web

Cardin, Murkowski, Speier, Reed Announce Bipartisan Resolution to Affirm Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment: umm, the Amendment’s ratification deadline expired in 1979 and was extended—perhaps unconstitutionally—through 1982—so there is no such thing as an ERA to ratify. The linked press release refers to “the law” repeatedly, and one marvels at the incompetence of legislators […]

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Cancel the Coronavirus

January 21st, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Cancel the Coronavirus · Found on the Web

Executive Order on Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers: from today’s batch of executive orders. If you’ve got one tool in your tool belt, you use it for everything. They’re going to say that COVID-19 is racist! direct the Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights to […]

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Start the Engines

January 21st, 2021 by Bill Brown · Comments Off on Start the Engines · Found on the Web

A National Day of Unity: it begins. Inauguration day saw a flood of orders, proclamations, and revocations. It evinced an energy belied by the campaign and took on a very progressive cast. Lowlights include: Rejoining the Paris Accords Revoking the Keystone XL pipeline’s permit and a bunch of executive orders that expedite environmental reviews; defining […]

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