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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Take the day off to vote.

The General Strike is a standard move in the socialist labor playbook. It's a relatively benign show of power, meant to imply numbers by their absence. It creates a minor disruption, expresses an implied threat of what those numbers might be willing to do, and proves the leader's power to direct that power. It also strengthens the bond of the workers to each other and to the leader, as well as providing opportunities for planning, preparation, and "direct action".

This isn't so much a ploy to gain votes as a flexing of the muscles he thinks he'll have after the vote. It's also a telegraphing of what we can expect from the Obamanation.

Monday, October 27, 2008

You're right, it's not a corner. But every curved path has a singular point at which the view of that thin sliver of light from which we came becomes fully occluded. Obama is an effect, not a cause, but that makes him no less "transitional". Alea iacta est.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

It's getting to where I brace myself before clicking on any links that Billy puts up, because too often all that is at the other end is people who ought to know better letting me down, again.

It's said that all that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. This time, it's so-called Objectivists going above and beyond the call. Note to the crowd at SOLO: besides the now officially ironic handle, be aware that the opposite of "doing nothing" is not, in this context, "doing anything".