Thursday, October 06, 2022

The Art of the Deal: New Version

Michael Shellenberger on the Biden administration's offer to buy oil from OPEC.

[HT: A Large Regular]

First Paragraph

There is a direct relationship between wars and struggles for civil rights. If "war made the state," as Charles Tilly famously observed, it also stimulated some of the social movements that went on to change the state.

- From Waging a Good War: A Military History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968 by Thomas E. Ricks

[Updated with proper title.]

Kelly and Taibbi on "Jihad Rehab"


Don't Forget Your Malaria Pills

Black Swan Europa has an intriguing list of travel books by/about women.

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Behind the Bond Music


Keep in Mind

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome's decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars.

- Will Durant, The Story of Civilization, Volume III, Caesar and Christ

Driving Wilshire Boulevard



The culture wars that have convulsed America since the sixties are best understood as a form of class warfare, in which an enlightened elite (as it thinks of itself) seeks not so much to impose its values on the majority (a majority perceived as incorrigibly racist, sexist, provincial, and xenophobic), much less to persuade the majority by means of rational public debate, as to create parallel or "alternative" institutions in which it will no longer be necessary to confront the unenlightened at all.

- Christopher Lasch, The Revolt of the Elites and The Betrayal of Democracy (1995)

More Than Present

If you are there, be there.

Present But Absent

In digital interactions, our minds are tricked into believing that we are together, but our bodies know that we are not; what's so exhausting about digital conversations is being constantly in the presence of the other person's absence.

- Gianpiero Petriglieri