By George Lakoff. Reprinted from the George Lakoff Blog. Note also his Berkeley Blog —Dedicated to the peaceful protestors in Wisconsin, February 19, 2011 The central issue in our political life is not being discussed. At stake is the moral basis of American democracy. The individual issues are all too real: assaults on unions, public [...]
“The late William F. Buckley, political conservative icon and founder of National Review, must be clawing at his coffin lid. The print version of National Review, while Buckley held the reins, was often an over-the-top exposition of the more unsavory facets of the political right, but Buckley managed to keep it semi-respectable. National Review Online, however, always seemed to be written by the sort of thugs you’d find in a Berthold Brecht musical.
The Great Poseur: He should have been an actor since everything in him was calculated for effect, down to the patrician rumpleness, denoting a mind supposedly concerned with more serious matters than just attire. He got the last laugh, if you ask us. This article can be found on the web at http://www.thenation.com/doc/19880611/sherrill SQUIRE [...]
It takes audacity, backed up by a whole chorus of fawning psychophants, and the embrace of the system, to claim that selfishness is a virtue. But in America the lady became rich and influential peddling precisely such oxymoronic drivel. Fifty years after it was first published, Ayn Rand’s most influential book offers a vital clue [...]