WASHINGTON — Media analysts sounded an increasingly gloomy note today following news that a full-scale outbreak of civil war in Iraq had been averted. “The prospects for regime change in Washington seem increasingly remote,” said one senior White House reporter who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Glenn Reynolds writes: When other groups decide that the way to get favorable press is to use violence, those who have wimped out now will have no one to blame but themselves. As a reader emailed me a while back, what use is a free press if it doesn’t believe in free speech? People talk… Continue reading How Sweet the Uses of Conspiracy
Former Soviet Dissident Warns For EU Dictatorship. Sound like a crazy premise? Wait. It gets better. Vladimir Bukovsky, a leading dissident of the Soviet era whom was invited to testify at the Russian government’s inquiry into whether the Soviet Communist Party had been a criminal institution. got to see more of the KGB’s secret reports… Continue reading The Meme War Continues
Doc Searls asked me to put the argument for total telecoms deregulation into a nutshell, then blog it so he could point at it. Here it is.
Any democracy should aspire to a perfect, fraud-free voting system. But today’s loudest complainers on this issue — mainly Democrats complaining about Republican election victories — should be careful what they wish for, because they might get it. To see why, let’s apply a little game theory to the problem. Ask yourself under what circumstances… Continue reading Game Theory and Vote Fraud
CNNMoney reports: Demand for technology workers in the United States continues to grow in spite of American companies shifting more technology work overseas, according to a new study. Sigh. Is there, like, some cosmic law that reporters have to be poisonously ignorant about economics? Of course outsourcing stimulates domestic demand. Increases in efficiency and better… Continue reading Outsourcing breeds more jobs
Keith Windschuttle gets it. In The Adversary Culture he identifies the same suicidalist pathology that Mark Brittingham and Jeff Goldstein and I have been writing about recently. Windschuttle, an Australian historian, identifies historians and cultural-studies types on the academic left as vectors of the disease. I wonder if he’s read Koch on Willi Munzenberg or… Continue reading Against Suicidalism from Down Under
Segway inventor Dean Kamen unveils his next act, and it’s a doozy. He’s invented two devices to address the power and clean-water problems in the Third World — essentially, a rugged still and a generator that burns cow dung. But the real challenge to conventional thinking is Kamen’s (rightly) contemptuous dismissal of conventional development economics,… Continue reading Ephemeralization against the bureaucracy
Politics is nasty enough when it’s about real issues, because it always reduces to somebody holding a gun on somebody else. But somehow I find it hardest to take when it’s about faux issues, all the machinery of coercion enlisted to no purpose other than for fools to posture at each other.
Americans have never really understood ideological warfare. Our gut-level assumption is that everybody in the world really wants the same comfortable material success we have. We use “extremist” as a negative epithet. Even the few fanatics and revolutionary idealists we have, whatever their political flavor, expect everybody else to behave like a bourgeois. We don’t… Continue reading Gramscian damage
Recently, The Nation ran an article, The End of the Internet, that viewed with alarm some efforts by telephone companies to hack their governing regulations so they can price-discriminate. Their plans include tiered pricing so a consumer’s monthly rate could be tied to the amount of bandwidth actually used. They also want to be able… Continue reading Un-ending the Internet
They laughed at me when that bitch Monica rug-burned her knees in the Oval Office. They laughed at my universal health care plan. They laughed when I told them of my conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt’s ghost — they said I was mad. Mad, am I? I’ll show them mad…soon, I’ll unleash my mainstream-media minions and… Continue reading All she needs is a lab coat and a fright wig
Warning: I am about to vent. If splenetic ranting is not your thing, back outta here now, for I am seriously pissed off.
Here’s another one for the file marked “Bush’s opponents are so deranged that they are good reasons to support him”. At The Corner, via InstaPundit, Tim Graham has this report: Driving in, I had to sample some “progressive talk” on the SOTU [State of the Union address]. At the Stephanie Miller Show, they were laughing… Continue reading How low can they go?