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New Conservatism is authoritarianism
The subset of human activities to which they do not wish to apply overweening state control are constrained to certain classes of economic activity, primarily those engaged in by the wealthy.

Everything else is rules, rules, rules.

Can't say this or that. Must obey the state god. Must not put this in your body. Cannot take that out of your body. Prison sentences are long, prison regimes are punitive. Death is a valid sentence. Police and the armed forces are to be worshipped.
New A theory doesn't have to be true to be useful
If it predicts behavior better than other theories, might as well go with it. "The Republican party is based on racism, misogyny, and redistributing wealth upward."

Oh no, I don't support those ideals!

No, you just favor policies that support those ideals. Works out the same.
--

Drew
New Given the proven ~40% functionally illiterate: That's a Wrap! :-/
Four out of every [statistical-] 10: remain, wallow-in, staying iggerant-for Liff.
Words fail (in the rest of 'us').

It's. All. become. surreal.
Whilst: nobody has an answer for my Test-query: "What is a stronger word than ludicrous?"

Rudderless in beautiful-downtown-Burbank* Kenwood :-}



A memorable quip from yesteryear: Laugh-In--a TV-show I've missed sorely ever since.
Gotta google to see if some wry clips are extant, under 'TV HOOTS of yore'.
New Frank Wilhoit in 2018
He secured a kind of immortality with this observation in a comment thread at the “Crooked Timber” blog:
Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit:

There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect.

There is nothing more or else to it, and there never has been, in any place or time.
cordially,
Expand Edited by rcareaga Dec. 14, 2020, 05:52:01 PM EST
New 's what I sed, innit?
But yeah. I just had a tad more detail.
New He had a tad more detail in the comment, Rand just quoted the quotable part
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Drew
New I keed, I keed.
New Is "Wilhoit's Law" on Wikipedia yet?
Well, I just submitted the draft page. We'll see.
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Drew
New Not Wiki yet but Google gets a variety of other sites: this pithiest-yet ∑ gots Legs already.
Good Show! drook
New DeLong has a pointer to the full comment.
It's just as good.

https://crookedtimber.org/2018/03/21/liberals-against-progressives/#comment-729288

Wilhoit occasionally comments on DeLong's blog and Balloon-Juice as well. He's a sharp cookie.

Cheers,
Scott.
New Was a professor of political science
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Drew
Expand Edited by drook Dec. 14, 2020, 11:55:50 PM EST
New Back from the dead?
Son? Some other relation? No relation?

This one is a "contemporary classical" musician, among other things.

https://www.broadheath.com/

:-)

Cheers,
Scott.
New Whoops, didn't notice the dates
I'm guessing a son.
--

Drew
New Moonlighted as a detective in Oxford.
WP:
Wilhoit lived alone, and he was an opera aficionado.
BTW, DrooK: No mention of any family, the sentence quoted above is all it says about his personal life, so I'm guessing composer and aphorist Frank is not a son. (If anything, "lived alone" feels like "confirmed bachelor", i.e. code for "closeted gay".)
--

   Christian R. Conrad
The Man Who Apparently Still Knows Fucking Everything


Mail: Same username as at the top left of this post, at iki.fi
     Speculation - (rcareaga) - (17)
         Anent your last.. - (Ashton) - (14)
             Conservatism is authoritarianism - (pwhysall) - (13)
                 A theory doesn't have to be true to be useful - (drook) - (1)
                     Given the proven ~40% functionally illiterate: That's a Wrap! :-/ - (Ashton)
                 Frank Wilhoit in 2018 - (rcareaga) - (10)
                     's what I sed, innit? - (pwhysall) - (2)
                         He had a tad more detail in the comment, Rand just quoted the quotable part -NT - (drook) - (1)
                             I keed, I keed. -NT - (pwhysall)
                     Is "Wilhoit's Law" on Wikipedia yet? - (drook) - (1)
                         Not Wiki yet but Google gets a variety of other sites: this pithiest-yet ∑ gots Legs already. - (Ashton)
                     DeLong has a pointer to the full comment. - (Another Scott) - (4)
                         Was a professor of political science - (drook) - (3)
                             Back from the dead? - (Another Scott) - (1)
                                 Whoops, didn't notice the dates - (drook)
                             Moonlighted as a detective in Oxford. - (CRConrad)
         Expect to see this come up ... - (drook)
         cuomo has been decrying trump/pence for years, consequences? not so much -NT - (boxley)

Rather in the way of gilding the lily, and not to be encouraged.
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