Thursday, March 27, 2008
One of Seinfeld character George Costanza's more memorable quotes was, "Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it." Apparently, this is advice to live by for the distaff member of our field of presidential candidates:
When a politician accepts the premise that in politics appearance is reality, it can be dangerous to his mind. The words he says do not necessarily have to stay connected to reality. Just think of how this false premise could wreak havoc with a person's epistemology. Over time a person would become less sharp and more vague in his thinking. He would not examine his words against reality but against the standard of political pragmatism. Do his words help his poll numbers that afternoon? Then they become reality.And be sure to read the comments.
Myrhaf also seems to be working on a series of "problem" posts. First, there was "Obama's Problem", then "Hillary's Problem". I hope he concludes with "McCain's Problem" before the election or we'll be living with "America's Problem" when all is said and done.
On second thought, that's what we'll get no matter what in this election.
I've been too swamped to notice the submission deadlines lately, but the weekly Objectivist roundups are going strong. Kendall's hosting this week. I read Dan Edge's entry yesterday and found it very insightful -- but you'll have to stop by the roundup to see what I'm talking about.
Limping for a Few Days
If you had any idea how busy I've been lately, you'd see the humor in this....
I was online checking my email at home Tuesday night when my screen suddenly went blank. After testing my monitor on an obsolete computer we still have around and swapping out video cards, I have to conclude that the motherboard went bad. This means that the time frame for upgrading my desktop just got moved from "some time in the next few months" to "within days".
In any event, I'm getting by on our laptop, but I am now frantically looking for a decent, cheap desktop. I've had too many problems with Dells at home and at work, so I'm avoiding them. I am comfortable swapping out components, but don't have the time or patience to build something entirely from scratch. I know that there are decent, new, fairly stripped-down models out there for a few hundred smackers.
With the laptop, I can wait a short time for delivery.
Has anybody out there an online computer merchant he can recommend, or any other advice for someone in my situation?
More on McCain's Authoritarianism
Yesterday, I linked to an article by Matt Welch on McCain's war against the individual and criticized its author for not being more explicit about the danger McCain represents to freedom.
I have since learned of a lengthier and more alarming piece by the same author. Here's a sample, with a disclaimer and link following:
If you're beginning to detect a rigid sense of citizenship and a skeptical attitude toward individual choice, you are beginning to understand what kind of president John McCain actually would make, in contrast with the straight-talking maverick that journalists love to quote but rarely examine in depth. For years McCain has warned that a draft will be necessary if we don't boost military pay, and he has long agitated for mandatory national service. "Those who claim their liberty but not their duty to the civilization that ensures it live a half-life, indulging their self-interest at the cost of their self-respect," he wrote in The Washington Monthly in 2001. "Sacrifice for a cause greater than self-interest, however, and you invest your life with the eminence of that cause. Americans did not fight and win World War II as discrete individuals." [bold added]Although I stand by my fundamental criticism of Welch for subscribing to libertarianism, an anti-intellectual political movement that poses a grave threat to the cause of individual rights, I must now concede that he does understand the danger McCain represents better than I'd given him credit for -- although still not enough to quit aiding and abetting the Libertarian Party.
I wince and hold my nose as I link to Reason Magazine, but the facts regarding McCain contained in this article want very wide dissemination.
Today: Corrected a typo.
4-1-08: Added hypertext anchors.