Month: December 2010

Limited Government

Despots Use Money to Buy Power

Politicians don’t seek money.  They seek power.  They use money to acquire power.  Once they have the power, money becomes irrelevant.  Did you see how states behaved last summer? The “Race to the Top” is all you need to know about the relationship between government money, power, and degradation. The Race to the Top education …

Living

Why Don’t We Do Something Else?

Yes, I read that.  And I saw that.  And somebody told me about that, too. I see the ridiculous charges leveled by ignorant bigots against the Tea Party. I hear the slander on MSNBC and CNN.  I know that Ben Jealous and Nancy Pelosi live on lies about you and me the way vampires live …

Limited Government

Chains of a Different Master

Perhaps the most famous of all of Karl Marx’s writings was the clause “you have nothing to lose but your chains.”  Many people still believe that human beings are chained to corporate masters.  Writers like Seth Godin talk about an awakening in which workers refuse to remain cogs in someone else’s machine.  These well-meaning people …

happiness, Trump

How to Kill the Tea Party

If the Tea Party—or ACORN or the Democratic National Committee or anyone or anything else, for that matter—stays in a perpetual state of heightened negative emotions nothing positive gets accomplished. The gazelle that flees imaginary lions soon dies of exhaustion. As positive emotions researcher Barbara Frederickson puts it: when extreme, prolonged, or contextually inappropriate, negative …

Miscellaneous

Apologies to Seth Godin and His Readers

I tried to manually trackback to Seth Godin’s post on TV from this post.  Between WordPress’s false negatives on reporting success of links, my laptop’s touchy touchpad, and Typepad’s weird trackback URL system, I managed to: a. Link once to the wrong blog post b. Link twice to the right blog post I pride myself …

Limited Government

Not So Fast, Seth

I am a big fan of Seth Godin’s thinking.  He clearly understands that people are rejecting steep hierarchies where an oligarchy makes all the decisions and the rest of us are expected to blindly follow instructions. He wrote a wonderful book on the subject.  Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? holds some wisdom (and some fallacy) that …