July 30, 2006

Rant of the Week

Here is a long rant that's part nostalgia, but mostly an assault on both limousine liberals and country-club conservatives. I particuarly like this bit:
They usually explain them in terms such as those of Michael Medford, who cherry picks Will and Ariel Durant's pop history books for gems like: "Concentration of wealth is a natural result of concentration of ability and special attributes [one immediately thinks of George Bush and Paris Hilton] … The rate of concentration varies with the degree of economic freedom, democracy and liberty …"
But then there's this quote, supposedly from Goethe:
Legislators and revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time are either psychopaths or mountebanks.
In considering class, we must also remember regression toward the mean. Downward mobility is real.

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