Kim Jong Il is dead. Here’s hoping the Korean Peninsula doesn’t burn.
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[T]rue liberalism is still distinct from conservatism, and there is danger in the two being confused. Conservatism, though a necessary element in any stable society, is not a social program; in its paternalistic, nationalistic, and power-adoring tendencies it is often closer to socialism than true liberalism; and with its traditionalistic, anti-intellectual, and often mystical propensities, it will never, except in short periods of disillusionment, appeal to the young and all those others who believe that some changes are desirable if this world is to become a better place. A conservative movement, by its very nature, is bound to be a defender of established privilege and to lean on the power of government for the protection of privilege. The essence of the liberal position, however, is the denial of all privilege, if privilege is understood in its proper and original meaning of the state granting and protecting rights to some which are not available on equal terms to others.
-F. A. Hayek
As my esteemed colleague wrote below, it’s been quiet on the blog front for some time. Yours truly moved across the country for a new gig, and after a long day of obsessively following the news, it’s hard to muster the energy to think critically about anything more serious than a baseball game. Nevertheless, back in the saddle … hope springs eternal … etc. Here’s your quote of the day:
If one of our children grows up to invent a way to move goods and bits of information even more rapidly around the world, we rightly call that “progress”; if another child grows up to become a populist politician who advocates raising trade barriers to slow the movement of those same goods and data across borders, we perversely call that “progressive.”
Hat tip to Pejman Yousefzadeh
“The law tells us: You will not marry your mother, and you will not kill your father. And we docile subjects say to ourselves: so that’s what I wanted! Will it ever be suspected that the law discredits — and has an interest in disrediting and disgracing — the person it presumes to be guilty, the person the law wants to be guilty and wants to be made feel guilty?”
– Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari – Anti-Oedipus
“When I was in my routine training for the Israeli army as a teenager, they discovered completely by chance that I was a lethal sniper. I could hit the target smack in the center further away than anyone could believe. Not just that, even though I was tiny and not even much of an athlete, I was incredibly accurate throwing hand grenades too. Even today I can load a Sten automatic rifle in a single minute, blindfolded.”
Dr. Ruth. No, seriously. Dr. Ruth is hardcore.
Senator Rand Paul, kicking ass and taking names:
So is this what a crazy Tea Party Congressman bent on destroying the foundations of government sounds like? If so, more please.