Tag: Doom

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@henryracette for reminding me about this post I wrote with his post concerning Bourbon in plastic bottles.  Barra is a small island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. There are approximately 1,174 residents, and 761 of them still speak Gaelic. Barra is predominantly Catholic to this day. The island has a rich history, some of […]

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Well, I finally got off my lazy keister and went to the library to vote early. The wait in the line was long, but my time in the booth was relatively quick, more time being spent on double-checking that my votes had registered correctly than on the actual voting. When the list of Presidential candidates […]

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After the Brexit vote, the markets crashed. I know it’s true, cuz the media told me so. In fact, they didn’t just crash. It was the werst crash evah! Ferget about retiring any time soon. Brexit wiped out yer investments.  Just look at how far the UK stock market (FTSE 100) dropped in the 48 hours after […]

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shutterstock_321867719It’s not fear of Donald Trump’s becoming president that causes me despair. There are plenty of safeguards and limitations — not only of the office, but of public attention-span — that makes the scariest of his statements (not coincidentally, this category overlaps with those most-desired by his constituency) extremely unlikely to come to pass. For me, it’s having to face two facts that I am always aware of, but can usually safely ignore. First, that we share this country with a super-majority of people who have a multitude of incorrect worldviews and opinions. Second, that when a republic becomes democratic enough, those people may make their voices heard. Seeing Trump supporters’ views being validated is what causes me despair.

In the rush to stamp down the rise of Trump, many people alluded unthinkingly and superficially to the likes of Hitler, Mussolini, and Pinochet. A much more apt comparison is that of the modern European Right. Not so much the most reprehensible versions like Greece’s Golden Dawn or Hungary’s Jobbik, nor the more respectable ones like Britain’s UKIP, but probably something more like France’s National Front, with it’s combination of protectionism, immigration-skepticism, and (small letter) national socialism. As things currently stand, we run the risk that the two major political parties become the Democrats and an American-European Right. With no natural home for classical liberals, I fear we may become more like Europe than Obama and the Democrat’s wildest dreams.

Some seem to think that Trump is devastating the politically-correct culture; that is, if nothing else, political correctness will be forced to retreat. But it seems more likely to me that Trump’s ability to get away with saying things will not trickle down to greater freedom of expression for Joe Everyman. The media is happy to cover Trump’s daily outrages because they’re good for ratings; the rest of us will just be bigots. If Trump doesn’t complete the American transition into a European-style social republic, he’ll be an aberration that will evaporate as soon as he’s gone.

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Face up to it, we’re doomed.  I’ve told you and told you and you just don’t listen.  So here’s a thread that lays out the ugly truth, we’re all doomed.  Go ahead and get it off your chest.  I’ll go first. We’re doomed because our electorate thinks that they can get everything they want by […]

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Well, folks, its been a slice but I must be off. Its going to be a busy October with What Is Up With The Apocalypse so while I’d love to join you on following The Errors of Russia as they roll across the planet I just don’t think I will be able to find the time. […]

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