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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fiddler on the Roof of the White House

Related Link » The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
“All can agree that the rule of law is better than the rule of reciprocal revenge […] but I see these rules and institutions as evolutionary phenomena, too, emerging bottom-up in society rather than being imposed top-down by fortuitously Solomonic rulers. They come through the filter of cultural selection just as surely as do technologies. And if you look at the history of, for instance, merchant law, you find exactly this: merchants make it up as they go along, turning their innovations into customs, ostracising those who break the informal rules and only later do monarchs subsume the rules within the laws of the land. […] Indeed it is the whole point of common law. […] So while it is true that institutional innovators in the public sphere are just as vital as technological innovators in the private, I suspect that specialization is the key to both.”
— Matt Ridley, “The Rational Optimist”, p. 118.
America — on a track greased by, ... er, Greece
If Matt Ridley's thesis is rational, as I believe it is, then it clearly condemns bureaucratic social-engineering to the same dustbin, which received the detritus of the central-planning dictatorships that failed in the last century and those that are doomed to fail in the present. The more I read about history, socio-economics, evolution, and human folly, the clearer our current national malaise becomes. It is an ugly sight.

We are currently in the grip of a crowd mentality that is largely characterized by wide-spread ignorance and dispersed pockets of elitist conceit that have infested our federal government. The Obama Himself is a particularly toxic glob of overblown self-worth in a thin-shell of fabricated credentials. Together with the insanity of the Congressional Democrat majority, we have a perfect storm for socio-economic implosion. And the barking media jackals blare a cacophony of verbal sewage as gift-wrapping for the whole sorry mess.

If you require a quick update, having just returned from a trip to Pluto, we are drowning in thousands of pages of legislative suicide, costing trillions of dollars that we borrowed from China, which, in turn, is enabling serious political and security problems for us in Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Syria, and god only knows where else; probably in Africa, and South America. Meanwhile, our leftist dilettantes are bowing, scraping, fiddling like Nero, and shoving restart-dildos up their nether orifices.

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  1. Those interested in Ridley's very good book might wish to know about my own book, THE CASE FOR RATIONAL OPTIMISM (Transaction Books, Rutgers University, 2009), which makes quite similar points and arguments, but develops the case for optimism over a broader range of subject areas. See

  2. Thanx for stopping by, Frank.