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Forum: Diavlog comments 11-07-2008, 11:59 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 18,916
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: Redemption?

And why would anyone want to eradicate "militarism"? I find having a military to be quite comforting, certainly more effective than, say, my police force. But of course, why will we need to defend...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-07-2008, 11:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 18,916
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: Law Profs on the Law Prof President

There is a strong tendency in history to appoint judges, because you can get a pretty good idea how they will rule, not just on specific issues, but their legal approach to reasoning, deciding,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-07-2008, 11:40 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 18,916
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: Law Profs on the Law Prof President

There is an interesting tension there. I think many commenters are saying that we don't have to reevaluate social conservatism in the GOP, because no one challenges our bona fides there. They argue...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-07-2008, 10:23 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 48,035
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: say goodbye to the hope of small gov, self reliance, decency, ...

I enjoyed Jonah's book as well. Having an extensive military background, including the War College and flag rank, I have perhaps a better appreciation than he for the difficulty in such an...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-05-2008, 04:27 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 48,035
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: say goodbye to the hope of small gov, self reliance, decency, ...

Agreed - no choice: As I have said in the past, whether Bush was hegemonic or not, and whether if was megalomaniacal (that's hard to type!), it was ill-considered and poorly prosecuted...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-05-2008, 04:22 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 48,035
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: say goodbye to the hope of small gov, self reliance, decency, ...

Got it. You are saying why should they care, which makes sense. Sort of a "taxation without representation" argument, which could logically be extended to a much larger segment than the NE. I live...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-05-2008, 01:28 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 48,035
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: Obama Wins!

Allbets: Very thoughtful comments, but the prediction may be a bit dire. Surely, the right wing (social conservatives, etc.) of the GOP is already working to bring the party back (I got an email...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-05-2008, 01:09 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 48,035
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: say goodbye to the hope of small gov, self reliance, decency, ...

Denville: I did not get your last statement. I read it - it is what it is, but what was your point? Are you saying that we should care what happens to urban America (which, by the way, controlled...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-05-2008, 12:55 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 48,035
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: say goodbye to the hope of small gov, self reliance, decency, ...

Simon: Excellent point. A good friend of mine says that the choice in this election was between a sprint toward a social-welfare state and a fast trot. No one who has watched the last six years of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-05-2008, 12:48 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 48,035
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: say goodbye to the hope of small gov, self reliance, decency, ...

Well said, Avatar. Both posts were shrill, and based largely on the respective Koolaid.
There is a very interesting article by Alan Reynolds in the Cato Policy Report (Sep/Oct08) which looks...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-05-2008, 12:21 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 121,453
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: On Whether Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong

Craggar: Hitchens has always been inconsistent, dishonest and wrong. Even when I agree with him, I find him hard to take because he is a condescending bully-type when he debates. But he does sound...
Forum: Life, the Universe and Everything 10-24-2008, 12:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,227
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: Late Breaking: Obama Flies Southwest!

McCain, beginning with the Palin thing, went risky in his campaign. He had no choice, he was staring at 273 electoral points already in Obama's camp. So he picked Palin and started the other stuff...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-24-2008, 12:24 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 19,152
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: Letting the Pantload be the Pantload

Seriously, does anyone really care about Palin's clothes? (and don't go there!) Does anyone not appreciate that Obama's campaign has figured out the system and is maximizing it on those...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-23-2008, 05:22 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 19,152
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: Special Ambush Edition

I am not sure what side you believe I am on. I guess you assume I would not call the left fascist if I saw myself as one of them. On the other hand, I was merely relying upon obvious, clear history...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-23-2008, 05:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 19,152
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: Special Ambush Edition

Fair question: I am going by memory, rather than going to the trouble to look them all up again, but, as is typical of the NYT and why I seldom rely on them for much of anything substantive, the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-23-2008, 10:33 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 19,152
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: Special Ambush Edition

Well, I did read those articles. Nothing new there, except they tend to draw unfounded or partially-founded conclusions. Of course it is complex. The financial firms were doing what they are...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-23-2008, 09:54 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 19,152
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: Special Ambush Edition

OK, I missed that in my typing. Have a relevant comment? Have you read any history, for example? Just checking.
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-22-2008, 03:53 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 19,152
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: Special Ambush Edition

Well put, Andrew! Do you think they will watch any closer over those the government now essentially owns? Why do I think they won't?
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-22-2008, 10:41 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 19,152
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: Special Ambush Edition

It is not surprising to me that Buchanan's facism grows as he moves left. Facism is a leftist concept. It grew from roots in the French Revolution, and was perfected by national socialists. If you...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-22-2008, 10:36 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 19,152
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: the 1950s

NYC123: While I don't disagree with your points, and in fact enjoyed them, I think you are underestimating the power unions might have to make new inroads in many industries and small businesses if...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-22-2008, 10:21 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 19,152
Posted By Doubtful Avenger
Re: Special Ambush Edition

A Libertarian in the room: There was an interesting article on October 9 in Claremont, by William Voegeli, that had some great information and statistics about the growth of the welfare state, but...
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