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The Rising Red StarI shall also grab their wallets...
Margaretthe Left calls for a simpler message with a simpler look for an ever simpler audience.
Commissar TheocritusHasan, those people that you say are just not fun. We in the party, marching in jackbooted goose-step into the Progressive World of Next Tuesday,are al about fun and lots of fun.
Laika the Space DogOh yeah....almost forgot.
Commissarka PinkieLaika, Tovarich:
Laika the Space DogOh...and watch where you throw down your shovel.
Quote:he has not contracted the music for this wingding
Quote:Just the other day, a 12-year-old (I think was the report) Japanese student stabbed another in the back with a pair of scissors.
Commissar Theocritus[off]Comrade Elliott, you have chosen a contrarian life, and I congratulate you. 15 years ago Christopher Hitchens wrote a book Letters to a Young Contrarian which was addressed to a leftist audience--from a leftist. Now they are, to quote Meow, dancing in the end zone.
Dr. NyetI realize now that simpler look is to facilitate unity and harmony. The fewer details we see, the more alike we all are.
Commissar Theocritus(off)Yes, better to think for yourself. And I will quote from of all people John Maynard Keynes, whose name is being conjured with now. He was sneered at because of a statement.
Commissar TheocritusComrade, people tend to invest a lot of themselves in their views, as a way of establishing that they exist. My wisest teacher, my high-school Latin teacher, said, "There's nothing wrong with saying, 'I have no opinion.'"
Quote:It's better than sex. I promise you.
Laika, Noble Space DogI didn't sound like Bruno. Laika, I have heard your mellifluous space-dog bark and I assure you that you do not sound like Bruno. I don't know what it is about Brune--even with a rumbling basso profundo he can still squeal.
Commissar TheocritusComrade Elliott, I'm impressed that your high school even knew the meaning of existentialism. I had to resort to Wikipedia to find it out and am still unsure. It, like hubris, is one of those words which I'll have to roll around on my tongue for decades to learn the true meaning of.
Quote:When you state that you wish some of the liberals hadn't slept in class you took something different out of the class than they did. They used the class as an excuse for their mental laziness. I've maintained for years that liberalism is emotional immaturity and the words "make your own life" will be seen by them as license, not as a challenge. Which you have seen
Quote:As soon as he found a reason which made him comfortable he stopped thinking. I cannot say that strongly enough. When he was satisfied, he stopped thinking. Implicit in this is the statement that he never grew. When you stop thinking, you stagnate. He did.
Quote:Owning your own soul is a hard and difficult process. You have to have the humility to realize that you can be, and will be, wrong. Lord knows I have been; I'm working through things now and I am sure that my views in six months will be different from my views now. But notice in this is the willingness to admit that I can screw up, and that I, being human, will screw up.
Quote:If you want to be a true commissar, you should stop thinking now andconsider only your own comfort and self-aggrandizement. And you canmove to Santa Fe and be one of those pushy self-righteous people whoare always so comfortably pissed off. Which is by the way the refuge ofthe drama queen.
Quote:But if you on the other hand are not a true commissar but a closetedperson seeking control of your own soul, keep at it. But by all meansstay in that closet. Nothing makes people more uncomfortable thansomeone insisting on ethics when they're all wallowing about in theirtastes. Until you get to be my age, situated as well as I happen to be,when you will be able to look them in the eye and say just exactly whatyou think.
Commissar TheocritusBut if you are intent on the pursuit of knowing yourself, you will havea lifetime's pleasure. Note, again, the humility in it. This is becauseyou're not judging yourself against other people but judging yourselfagainst a standard which exists outside you.
Quote:I am glad that you had that teacher; and I'll bet he was very glad to have had you as a pupil. He's made it clear, as have I to him.
Quote:People who are willing to adopt fashionable attitudes never want thebother of thinking about them. And so they are by definition livingunder someone else's terms. If you think about everything that you do,you will be a very busy man because everything is grist for your mill.
Commissar TheocritusThere are two sorts of Democrats, I think: those who want power: some are true leftists with nothing but their will to politicize everything. But the Democratic party has become the party of the wealthy who have enough money for what they want. They can either say they're Democrats and therefore kind and caring, using the Democratic party as their personal shopper for their conspicuous compassion, or they can buy the influence. Which happens all the time with the wealthy. Hell, it happens in small things too. When I travel I tip very well and who gets the good service, the big pour? I do.
Commissar TheocritusYes, it is quite a signifier. And I am a libertarian. But I have also see enough people who are utterly profligate. I'm much closer to the libertarian than to the totalitarian or the socialist, but over the years I have noticed that no matter what happens, some people simply will not provide and that means that in their old age we'll either have to ignore their suffering or do it then, when they haven't put put money into it.
Commissar TheocritusTo what degree should people be patronized? Not as far as the left wants, that's for sure. But I've seen people with responsible jobs who traded cars every six months, had their credit cards maxed out, and one missed paycheck would have been disaster. No way these people would save. We could say that they ought to be weaned toward prudence but it's too late, and I'm not sure that it was ever the right time.
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