Why Romney Lost; Explained By A Fantasy Novel

I was recently reminded of a passage out of a fantasy novel that offers yet another explanation of why Romney lost.

The novel in question is Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s First Rule, and it’s the First Rule itself that explains why Romney lost:

“Wizard’s First Rule: people are stupid.” Richard and Kahlan frowned even more. “People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost …

  1. Guruforhire

    Terry Goodkind is an out and proud objectivist, and book 6 is essentially a rant.

  2. ConservativeWanderer
    Guruforhire: Terry Goodkind is an out and proud objectivist, and book 6 is essentially a rant. · 0 minutes ago

    I think I got to about book 4 or 5 before some other series grabbed my attention.

  3. Goldgeller

    I’m sympathetic to the post. I wouldn’t go so far as to do the “people are stupid” thing. But I like the way Goodkind worked it into his novels. More and more I think Romney made some major errors in campaigning… The issue wasn’t “giving them an enemy”  but that’s a secondary point. 

    Nassim Taleb’s new book “Antifragility” was released today (I’ll grab the ebook later). He has always made the point that people are fooled by data for events that can’t be normally distributed. We tend to be fooled by randomness, and all sorts of other things. So yes, I think people are making a big mistake for voting “for someone who cares for them.” But I guess we also have to really make the argument before we can do the “people are stupid route.” And yes there are always exceptions… but we had some blinders on going into this thing. 

    In any case! The Sword of Truth is a great series. Goodkind is a very strong libertarian. Faith of the Fallen (book 5?), people say, cribs many scenes straight from Fountain Head. 

  4. ConservativeWanderer
    Goldgeller:

    Nassim Taleb’s new book “Antifragility” was released today (I’ll grab the ebook later). He has always made the point that people are fooled by data for events that can’t be normally distributed. We tend to be fooled by randomness, and all sorts of other things. So yes, I think people are making a big mistake for voting “for someone who cares for them.” But I guess we also have to really make the argument before we can do the “people are stupid route.” And yes there are always exceptions… but we had some blinders on going into this thing.   · 0 minutes ago

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    One more book for my Amazon wishlist.

  5. Goldgeller
    Guruforhire: Terry Goodkind is an out and proud objectivist, and book 6 is essentially a rant. · 6 minutes ago

    Yes. Objectivist is a better word for his views than “libertarian.”  (Even though neither one precludes the other.) Was it book 6? I remember one book was a rant… when he has one of the Sisters of the Dark or w/e basically go all “make them help themselves” or w/e. It was around that time the book series lost a  little steam, since he decided to make Richard his mouth piece for his view, more or less explicitly. 

    But it was really good series. I enjoyed it and I read his books when I was in my very liberal phase. I did not read the Omen Machine. I should, but I’ve been busy reading other things. 

  6. Guruforhire
    ConservativeWanderer

    Guruforhire: Terry Goodkind is an out and proud objectivist, and book 6 is essentially a rant. · 0 minutes ago

    I think I got to about book 4 or 5 before some other series grabbed my attention. · 7 minutes ago

    Oh my, I would give it another go.

  7. ConservativeWanderer
    Guruforhire

    ConservativeWanderer

    Guruforhire: Terry Goodkind is an out and proud objectivist, and book 6 is essentially a rant. · 0 minutes ago

    I think I got to about book 4 or 5 before some other series grabbed my attention. · 7 minutes ago

    Oh my, I would give it another go. · 2 minutes ago

    Like I don’t have enough stuff on my “to be read” pile already… ;)

    It’s on the wishlist.

  8. Goldgeller

    It’s true, it’s a good book. I think they are selling the books in box sets, plus used book stores! Go for it!

  9. FloppyDisk90

    “People are stupid” is the same lie leftists told themselves to salve their bruised egos after Reagan won two terms.

  10. ConservativeWanderer
    Goldgeller: It’s true, it’s a good book. I think they are selling the books in box sets, plus used book stores! Go for it! · 9 minutes ago

    They’re also available in my preferred platform, the Kindle. :D

  11. Goldgeller

    I have an iPad and a Nook… but I’m thinking of moving over to Kindle. I’ll grab the app. There are some books on the Kindle I’d like to read that aren’t on the nook. 

    I’ve been enjoying audiobooks a lot lately… and well, Audible.com really does seem like a good idea.  I’ve been buying from the iTunes store but given the price… Audible is something I will definitely look into! I can just work at my desk and hear good books. 

  12. ConservativeWanderer
    Goldgeller: I have an iPad and a Nook… but I’m thinking of moving over to Kindle. I’ll grab the app. There are some books on the Kindle I’d like to read that aren’t on the nook. 

    I’ve been enjoying audiobooks a lot lately… and well, Audible.com really does seem like a good idea.  I’ve been buying from the iTunes store but given the price… Audible is something I will definitely look into! I can just work at my desk and hear good books.  · 1 minute ago

    Kindles have the Audible app native… and Amazon has the most books in their format… far more than Nook. :)

  13. Guruforhire

    Yeah the one where Nikki kidnaps him

    Goldgeller

    Guruforhire: Terry Goodkind is an out and proud objectivist, and book 6 is essentially a rant. · 6 minutes ago

    Yes. Objectivist is a better word for his views than “libertarian.”  (Even though neither one precludes the other.) Was it book 6? I remember one book was a rant… when he has one of the Sisters of the Dark or w/e basically go all “make them help themselves” or w/e. It was around that time the book series lost a  little steam, since he decided to make Richard his mouth piece for his view, more or less explicitly. 

    But it was really good series. I enjoyed it and I read his books when I was in my very liberal phase. I did not read the Omen Machine. I should, but I’ve been busy reading other things.  · 1 hour ago

  14. Donald Todd

    Goldgeller:  More and more I think Romney made some major errors in campaigning… The issue wasn’t “giving them an enemy

    There is a portion of humankind which responds best to an “us or them” scenario.   That portion needs a reason to fight, go to war, or vote.  That portion of conservatism did not have that reason, and per those who study these things, did not go out and vote.  Apparently there were several million of them who failed to go out and vote.

    On the “O”ther side, a demonized Romney gave that faction a reason to go out and vote.  Everyone on the “O”ther side who needed that reason was given that reason and responded by voting.

    Romney failed to give our side an enemy.  That is reflected in those who should have but did not vote.

  15. The Sampo

    I love the series and the Wizards rules have a lot of truth in them.  In a lot of ways, most people are stupid about a lot of things.  I try to be stupid about the things that don’t make that much difference in life.

    The podcast got me started on audible and now I’m addicted.  I look forward to days I need to drive for work so I can listen to a book in the car.

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