Knee-Jerk “No!”

To live and work successfully with others requires more than faithfulness to one's concrete aims. It requires an intellectual commitment to a type of order in which, even on issues which to one are fundamental, others are allowed to pursue different ends.

Who Needs Governing?

In a world whose 21st Century inter-connectedness and complexity are no doubt entirely beyond the visions of even the most imaginative among those of prior generations [and surely beyond the capacity of our Founding Fathers], insistence on narrowing our focus and policies in honor of the earliest conservative interpretations of “limited government” is to disrespect…

Oppose; Destroy; Whatever….

[O]ur political system is set up in a way in which it’s very hard for an opposition party to be open to participating in any solutions to that because that would legitimize the party in power, which would keep them from getting there. And so they are engaged now in an ever more permanent campaign…

Mining disasters and Trump's pick for Sec. of Transportation

In 2001, Bush 43 selected his Secretary of Labor, a Taiwanese-American woman with a long history of involvement in conservative causes. Elaine Chao resigned her position in the Heritage Foundation to accept the cabinet role. She would be the only cabinet member to serve all 8 years of the Bush administration, and the longest-serving Secretary…

I would like to ask Markos a favour

I have left my diaries [a couple of thousand] intact and for the record, I still stand by what was written. There is one small thing that bothers me, a kind and generous anonymous donor gave me a lifetime subscription and I do not like to see it going to waste. This election season has…

Oppose … Because?

Men often oppose a thing, merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. But if they have been consulted, and have happened to disapprove, opposition then becomes, in their estimation, an indispensable duty of self-love. They seem to think themselves bound…

Alternatives? Pt 5

I’d like to continue with more observations and commentary on the conservative principles described in the essay “The Essence of Conservatism” by conservative icon Russell Kirk. As I noted in the last post, current events make clear that Kirk’s understandings are still as valid today as they were decades ago when first shared.

So, I started a podcast with @LOLGOP…

Hi, folks! A bit of shameless self-promotion here. LOLGOP and I have started a podcast called “The Sit and Spin Room with LOLGOP & Eclectablog”. We posted our​ 4th episode last night with special guest Wil Wheaton (aka “Wesley Crusher” from Star Trek: The Next Generation) talking about GOTV. We also had on the inimitable Ari…

Alternatives? Pt 4

I’ve recently shared quotes/comments from the essay “The Essence of Conservatism,” by conservative icon Russell Kirk. There are a number of additional explanations for and about the foundations of the conservative personality worth considering. Current events make clear that Kirk’s understandings are still as valid today as they were decades ago when first shared. [Quotes…

Alternatives? Pt 3

Conservatism proper is a legitimate, probably necessary, and certainly widespread attitude of opposition to drastic change – F.A. Hayek, from his essay “Why I Am Not A Conservative.”

Alternatives? Pt 2

Conservatives are too prone to engage in zero-sum thinking (either I keep my money or the government takes it). They fail to appreciate the possibility of positive sum solutions to social conflicts. Conservatives hold the laissez-faire ‘minimal-state’ view that, although we have a moral obligation to refrain from hurting others, we have no obligation to…

Alternatives? Pt 1

Conservatives tend to be pessimistic because they doubt that more possibilities will make lives on the whole better. They believe that there are obstacles that stand in the way of the permanent overall improvement of the human condition.

Are There Other Options? Pt. 7

To be conservative, then, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss. Familiar relationships and…

)))Anti-Semitism(((: When punctuation meets racism

There’s a lot of mention here at Daily Kos of dog-whistles and coded language. At times, that seems to verge on the difficult-to-believe; does the far-right really read so much into single words as we on the Left like to imply? The answer, at least sometimes, is yes. Indeed, among segments of the online alt-right,…

Are There Other Options? Pt. 6

Specifically, [the need for closure] fosters the tendency to seize on information that affords closure and to freeze on closure once it has been attained. The need for closure, whether varied situationally or measured dispositionally, has been associated with tendencies to engage in social stereotyping … to resist persuasive influence … and to reject opinion…

So, Congress… About that Zika thing…

The Florida governor’s office has released—apparently quite reluctantly, given their earlier denial—a map showing a new region of probable local Zika transmission in Florida. The last such map outlined a small, primarily residential neighborhood, far from areas of concern to most tourists or even most local residents. And, clearly, even further from concern to members…