Browsing All posts tagged under »culture wars«

Sound-Bite Quippy

September 25, 2016

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PUBLIC LIFE: Asking the government for solutions, when the government screwed things up in the first place, is like finding out your drinking has damaged your health and then calming yourself with a beer. We set up democracy to make us free, and now there are all these rules. Did I miss something? The government is the Sheriff […]

Cento Politicus

August 28, 2016

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THE PROBLEM: No matter how civilized we are and how much society has curbed violent behavior, human beings still have the same genes they had 10,000 years ago. Our bodies are designed to have a certain amount of physical stress and violence in them. We’re designed to run from jaguars and fight to defend our […]

Quippy the Gadfly

July 3, 2016

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Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. — Henry Adams Politics is a bloodless form of civil war. Political power is wielded, not by people who are good, but by people who are good at obtaining power. Everyone who speaks in public has an ulterior motive — usually […]

Polarization

June 12, 2016

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When politicians start talking about large groups of their fellow Americans as “enemies,” it’s time for a quiet stir of alertness. Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country. ― Molly Ivins Lately Americans bemoan “polarization”, the cultural and political divide that seems to […]

The Prime Directive and the Rancher — a short satire

February 21, 2016

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No identification of self or mission. No interference with the social development of said planet. No references to space or the fact that there are other worlds or civilizations. — “Star Trek” In the TV series “Star Trek”, the Prime Directive forbade the Federation from giving away the secrets of high technology to primitive alien […]

Syrians as Goths

January 24, 2016

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Either we’re going to solve this by realistic negotiation or there will be blood on the border. — Tom Metzger Stop me if you’ve heard this. Refugees from a country at war beg asylum from a nearby civilization. They’re allowed entry, but border guards take advantage of them, causing resentment. Once inside, some refugees demand autonomy […]

Quippy for Congress

January 10, 2016

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Politics is where the worst human instincts — anger, envy, paranoia, elitism, deceit, aggression — are encouraged as virtues. Angry people, like drunks, think they’re smart, but they have the mental capacity of morons. You can’t ponder when you’re mad, and politics is mostly about angry people arguing over who gets to use force on […]

Let’s Ban Everything

December 6, 2015

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An international group of scientists has called for what would, in effect, be a ban on making inheritable changes to the human genome, after the invention of a tool that allows researchers to spot a gene defect inside living cells and swap it out. — news item Sure, genetic tech might cure all diseases, but […]

Progressives Are Eating Their Own

November 22, 2015

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If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today. — Thomas Sowell Like Saturn, the revolution devours its own children. — Georg Büchner A […]

Supremacists vs. the World

September 27, 2015

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The general pattern I see with nationalists of any race is that they have foregone self improvement and hard work in favor of playing the societal victim. — Roosh You would think that, in a thoroughly progressive nation like America, there would no longer be much in the way of overt racism, especially the White Supremacy variety. […]

Check Your Privilege — a short story

June 26, 2014

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So I’m sitting in my favorite vaping lounge, puffing away, when an attractive young woman sits down across from me. I nod at her, smiling, then continue my conversation with the guy next to me. After awhile she starts talking about how she’s going on a two-week trip to Africa to bring medicines to the […]

The Bargain — a short story

April 17, 2014

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“Okay, okay, let’s talk.” “First. Wherever you can smoke marijuana, we can smoke cigarettes.” “Wait—” “Nice talking to you.” “Sit down! Fine. We toke, you smoke.” “Next. Your side can have gay marriage, our side doesn’t ever have to pay for contraceptives.” “But—” “We already discussed butts. Take it or leave.” “*sigh* … All right.” […]

Why the Left Always Wins

March 27, 2014

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Ever notice that, in the long run, liberals win almost all the political arguments? Sure, the Right sometimes pushes back against, say, Affirmative Action, or wins passage here and there of a law banning abortion or gay marriage or some new recreational drug. But over the past century the Left has, eventually, won every major […]

This Is Your Brain on Crazy

March 20, 2014

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I have a notion that nearly everyone is crazy. But we’re all crazy in similar ways, so it looks normal to us and we think we’re fine. Sleeplessness, depression, addictions, custody battles, hating the boss, resenting the neighbors, angry political standoffs — all this is routine, isn’t it? We’re just behaving normally. Right? What drives […]

The Ruin of That Tree

February 6, 2014

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    There is the moral of all human tales: ‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past, First Freedom, and then Glory—when that fails, Wealth, vice, corruption—barbarism at last. — Byron Insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule. — Friedrich Nietzsche Half of the […]