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The Nat'l Review link isn't working. And, fwiw - "In capitalism, competing ownership claims are settled by the state’s willingness to use violence to exclude all but one claimant. If I lay claim to one of David Koch’s mansions, libertarian that he is, he’s going to rely on big government and its guns to set me right. He owns that mansion because the state says he does and threatens to imprison anyone who disagrees. Where there isn’t a state, whoever has the most violent power determines who gets the stuff, be that a warlord, a knight, the mafia or a gang of cowboys in the Wild West. Either by vigilantes or the state, property rights rely on violence." http://www.salon.com/2014/02/02/why_youre_wrong_about_communism_7_huge_misconceptions_about_it_and_capitalism/
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2014 on Tribute to Bill Schambra at Gift Hub
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Reading Capitalism: A Ghost Story with the odd sensation of having read, on this blog, a series of glosses of the book, some of which were written before the book ever entered A. Roy's mind.
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"wealth rises like helium and brings with it is own justification." And its justification is about as credible as that of any clown speaking in a helium voice.
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2014 on American Oligarchy and Public Policy at Gift Hub
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It's partly about getting the jouissance and bona fides of the phantasmagoria of virtue while collecting a check while deferring judgment day until after the end of time. Waiting for __dot. But that’s what liberalism is, really: the absorption of the immediacy of a political sense into the studied, slow time of useless intellection, the conflation of taking-time and having-a-(truer-)thought. The bourgeois public sphere, the Parliamentary Blue Book, the parliamentary labyrinth of US congressional procedure, the ballot box, and, sure, contemporary political-scientific methods—all of these liberal forms articulate a slowing of time to a production of thought in the name of optimizing a decision that will never come. http://clrjames.blogspot.com/2014/04/ideas-whose-time-has-belatedly-come-or.html?m=1 Great series of posts, toot.
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2014 on American Oligarchy and Public Policy at Gift Hub
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What would Pierre Omidyar say? https://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/extraordinary-pierre-omidyar/
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2013 on Pope Francis Rips off Wealth Bondage at Gift Hub
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"Gold is its own country." http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2013/11/gold-secretive-trading-business
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Where's the need to "bless the bankers and brokers in their cubicles" when they can, for a small sum, possess their own action figures?
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2013 on Grace and Peace at the Margins at Gift Hub
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It could only have been the spirit of Thomas Friedman: "You can see the wealth everywhere you look, but it's the sort of wealth a rap music man might wear, not the wealth of an old-money WASP giving spankings at secret society meeting in the Hamptons."
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While we're at it: http://sententiaeantiquae.com/2013/09/24/horace-sermones-1-69-70/ A little reading of these guys would do us all a bit of good.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2013 on Future of the Charitable Deduction at Gift Hub
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And: http://sententiaeantiquae.com/2013/09/12/martial-epigrams-5-81-2/
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2013 on Future of the Charitable Deduction at Gift Hub
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See also: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/09/republicans-we-were-too-nice-to-the-hungry.html
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2013 on Future of the Charitable Deduction at Gift Hub
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http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/perspectives/death-of-an-adjunct-703773/#ixzz2fGRTayvd "With huge out-of-pocket bills from UPMC Mercy for her cancer treatment, Margaret Mary was left in abject penury." The quality of this mercy was strained.
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Getting a "link broken" message with these...
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See also, related: http://www.crimes-of-persuasion.com/Crimes/InPerson/MajorPerson/pyramid_clubs.htm Once in the third tier Apprentice Position you learn that "while our culture has taught us that it is more blessed to give than to receive; without people to receive the giving is not complete."
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2013 on The Perpetual Dynasty at Gift Hub
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Via our friend Kia, a form of hell in the shape of a happy meal, complete with math: http://www.realitysandwich.com/womens_circle_pyramid
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2013 on The Perpetual Dynasty at Gift Hub
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Try to go easy on your therapist. Dealing with Fortunate Families isn't all sweetness and light.
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Tutor will make a full recovery, if only he adheres to the model of the Great Books and their Great Proponents. He merely needs to take dead aim.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2013 on Wealth Sickness at Gift Hub
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Don't forget the society painter
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Speaking of sportive confessionals, when's the next Compassionate Tour of the World's Elfin Poor? I wanna try to make this one.
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I can whip up classical (Plutarchian), Christian (Augustinian) and Murkan moral bios with some facility. Buddhist, Hindu, and Quechua Eternizations require more time, though the 8 immortals offer a pretty good template. Have you a quick and dirty pdf form for setting up Retainerships? or garage rentals?
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Those who have nothing and those who have everything can go mad. The middle class can't afford madness.
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I don't wish to overcomment, but this post verges on formulating a generic mathematical relation between wealth and madness, which I find highly interesting. To enrich the formulation, add in the type of comedy - the top of the line get the comique absolu. (Plus all that bad behavior.)
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And with it we're marching to the charnel house?
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But as successive graduating P.C.H.S. classes entered an ever worsening local economy, the social fabric of the 1950s and 1960s was gradually shredded. The social fabric shredded? It just fucking shredded? Did the NY Times bother to analyze why said shredding occurred???? We can ask why the Times, in its silo of healthy lunch ignorance, feels compelled to sound the same, mournful, maudlin tune year after year. The middle class is fragile. Its fragility is inversely proportional to just governance: http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/growing-anger-merely-barely-middle-class Just governance requires collective public enterprise, e.g., education. But those who can least afford to increase their cost base are the ones raging to miniaturize governance. USian schools are working from the same hoary TV soap used by the Times: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/09/why-the-world-is-smarter-than-us.html Things don't just shred.
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A comment and discussion that might be relevant - along with too much natter about metrics - http://www.theworld.org/2013/08/discussion-how-do-you-know-a-good-charity-when-you-see-it/#comment-991939997
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