I’ve been too busy to blog, but I wanted to note two good comments from TAC.

 

Rob G says:
November 30, 2014 at 11:43 am

“Most of modern liberalism is about making intelligent compromises and finding happy mediums that most people can tolerate. Both at the individual and the social level. It’s not about some absolutist notion of personal independence.”

Yet above you wrote, ““Adults over the age of consent get to make choices and trade-offs according to their own moral or personal codes of value.”

What is that, other than an “absolutist notion of personal independence”? You can’t have it both ways. This is precisely the spot where choice in its liberal understanding begins to devour itself. Eventually people’s “moral or personal codes of value” will clash, sometimes violently. Who decides whose code will win the day? No matter how that question is answered tyranny of some sort is the eventual result.

 


Fr. Frank says:
December 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm

“The only way to rebel against Democratic incumbents is to elect their Republican counterparts. That’s rather a pyrrhic victory for the electorate, in the duopoly that’s two branches of a monolithic War Party.”

Amen, Fran. Movement Conservatism is over. The only reason I’m happy Cassidy won is that he’s not as hawkish as Cruz and Rubio. Landrieu was so unprincipled that she was happy to go to war with anybody the President thought might need a good killing. There really is only one party now.

 


 

And by and large, that’s how it’s been for some time, the US has had a one-party military-industrial complex political system despite claims to the contrary and the  differences between the two parties. There are some important differences at times, but the two parties serve the same master in the end.

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