Category: Liberty’s Labors Lost

Modern Demagoguery, or Why Trump Is Not To Blame

History always and understandably focuses its judgment, criticism, and disdain on the famous leaders who “caused all the damage”: the demagogues, cult figures, or scheming rhetoricians who exploited human weakness and/or difficult times for their own benefit. Rarely do we consider the fuel that powered the destructive excesses of these historic leaders, namely the populations that fell for the demagoguery, joined the cult,...

Why Did Ted Cruz Almost Lose?

Though the most recent polls showed Ted Cruz trouncing Beto O’Rourke in Texas, the actual result was quite close — no surprise there, since polls are fraudulent from the get-go, and will only be as accurate as the laws of probability allow. But what has shaken a lot of Republicans is the fact that Texas, a surefire Republican stronghold, has shown so strongly...

Foolproof Predictions on Election Day

Polls are just propaganda tools used to manipulate public events by dampening or engendering enthusiasm, specifically by fostering and then actively exploiting an infantile simulacrum of thought according to which “momentum,” as a collective human phenomenon, is real and quantifiable (which it is not, and never can be), while five hundred people’s ambiguous answers to leading questions are treated as persuasive rhetoric. Yes,...

Ben Sasse: Once an academic…

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse has chosen this peculiar moment to announce to the world that he did not want Brett Kavanaugh nominated for the Supreme Court, and that he expressed his reservations to President Trump early in the summer. His declared reason is just the sort of thing one might expect from a career academic and university administrator in the current social climate:...

The Kavanaugh Hearing (Alternate Take)

If you watched more than a few minutes of Thursday’s U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee “hearing” on Christine Blasey Ford’s completely uncorroborated accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, you have already disqualified yourself from ever being confirmed for any position in the U.S. Federal Government, since you obviously have serious and probably irremediable sado-masochist tendencies. But if, like your friendly host here in Limbo, you...

Here’s the MeToo Standard of Justice

In the wake of Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of a thirty-five-year-old moment of mistreatment at an underage drinking party — “wake” as in the allegation is dead, since there is not a shred of evidence, not a single supporting witness, and the claim sounds like the paranoid exaggeration of an addled adolescent anyway — the MeToo army has kicked into full gear. A...

Free Speech and Censorship

Kris Paronto, a former private security contractor for the CIA who was in Benghazi during the attack in 2012, has gone on a tirade against Barack Obama and his apologists on Twitter. So far, so good. However, his tweet was based on a careless misrepresentation of Obama’s words, and seemed to promote violence against him, so Twitter suspended him for a few hours....

Moral Reasoning 101

Colin Kaepernick, a second-rate professional football player (I defer to others’ judgment, as I haven’t watched an NFL game in years), has made himself a hero among young people who mistake “coolness” for heroism by kneeling during the national anthem. Now Nike, which aims its products at young customers who mistake “coolness” for heroism, is exploiting Kaepernick’s popularity to enhance its profits. In...

The Greatest Scandal in American History

In a Twitter tirade the other day, Agent Orange (I guess I’m thinking of his “personal Vietnam”) spent the evening on his throne watching his favorite propaganda outlet, and then immediately tweeting favorable quotes about himself from all his talking baboons. I do not watch Fox News, and have no respect for anyone who would be hired there, let alone anyone who would...

Trump’s Dangerous Habit of Attacking Non-Compliant Americans

Some motorcyclists, angry, or pretending to be angry, about Harley Davidson’s plan to move some of its production overseas, are threatening to boycott the company in some sort of “America First” protest. The company claims part of the reason for their decision is the fallout from Trump’s tariffs on steel. Naturally, this has caused the Thin-Skinned-Bully-Hiding-Behind-His-Friends-In-Chief to come out tweeting. Many @harleydavidson owners...