A Round Up Of Stuff To Be Cleared From The Favourites List
Since 1970, abortion is estimated to have cost the US economy up to $35 trillion in lost productivity - a quite astonishing number, something like 50 banking bailouts. But of course having children is a lifestyle choice, and the fact that we make it legal for parents to abort their children shows how civilised we are. We're poorer for it - well, some of us are poorer for it - but what the heck? We're so civilised.
And yes, I know; Roe -v- Wade was determined in 1973.
Here's an interesting article on those with power and influence, best read to the strains of 'It's A Small World After All'. Try to hold back the rage.
P.J. O' Rourke says of conservatism, 'We Blew It'. The title is, of course, a reference to the movie 'Easy Rider'; as I wrote on September 25 2008, "(t)he Democrats had a chance to save the Republic today - like all good children of the counterculture, they blew it."
What conservatism really doesn't need right now is its own public intellectual who never quite got over the '60's.
What P. J. doesn't get, of course, is that 'we' didn't blow anything - he blew it. He writes for 'The Weekly Standard', a crowd of relentless Bush cheerleaders. That makes him part of the conservative Establishment. He's not part of the solution; he's part of the problem. He's responsible. Physician, heal thyself; so libertarian, take some responsibility. Yet even now, he's actually prepared to describe sections of his own base as 'cracker trash', for goodness' sake! Both his radically liberal assumption that all immigrants are inherently conservative, and his stamping on social conservatism, were factors that helped make movement conservatism the mess it is today. Is he gunning to ghostwrite Bush's memoirs? The base has rejected him; time for a new base. Peter Brimelow was right - this type of thinking is straight out of Brecht!
There must have been times when just being P. J. O' Rourke must have been fantastic - but this isn't one of them, and he has nobody to blame but himself. Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well, Horatio - a fellow of infinite jest. Hat tip to 'The Devil's Kitchen'.
Takuan Seiyo's description of foreign born elements within the Israeli Mafia as having 'the tribal unity of a Hun raider party set loose in the fairyland of the West with an insatiable craving for plunder' could have been written by Toynbee. In every respect, these gangs are barbarian war bands which have emerged from an external proletariat which is 'in' but not 'of' the host society. The West is helplessly watching itself disappear; what's worse, it's following to the letter the program for such civilisational events that a very clever man spent a very long time mapping out, and nobody in authority seems interested in stopping it.
Didn't someone once start a magazine intended to 'stand athwart History, shouting 'Stop'? Wonder what happened to it. Probably lost its edge after going mainstream.
Lastly, there are times when one sees things that make one wonder...
Just what was John Ashcroft doing in Prague in October 2007? I know he was there - I was probably the only former contributor to 'Antiwar' standing ten feet away from him as he got the full meet and greet at the town hall.