The Thirty Tyrants

“Who controls the past, controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” George Orwell, “1984” Lee Smith, “The Thirty Tyrants”: https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/the-thirty-tyrants In Chapter 5 of The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli describes three options for how a conquering power might best treat those it has defeated in war. The first is to ruin them; the secondContinue reading “The Thirty Tyrants”

Z Man on Oligrachy and the Theory of Egalitarian Collectivism

The nation-state was the recognition that human identity groups were the basis of human organization. A stable country like Great Britain had a common language and history. Identity groups like Welsh and English were sublimated to the British identity. Even so, they had their own cultural spheres that were tolerated and respected by the whole.Continue reading “Z Man on Oligrachy and the Theory of Egalitarian Collectivism”

“You Met Me at a Very Strange Time in My Life”

Tyler Durden: “We are consumers. We’re the by-products of a lifestyle obsession.” Tyler had a point. How’s that working out for you? Being clever. Obsessing about lifestyle. Well, Chris Hamilton has a point of view as we sit on the edge of plutocracy’s apparent recapture of the US executive branch: “To begin, I’ll divide theContinue reading ““You Met Me at a Very Strange Time in My Life””