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The Duce Disappoints

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The “debate” earlier this week disabused me of hope that Trump might be something other than yet another authoritarian collectivist. He basically agreed with would-be (and probably will be) Chairman Hillary on every substantive point – from not disputing “climate change” to amen’ing her calls for government direction of the economy. They bickered over details.…

Beria’s Technique… As Applied to VW

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The trick is keeping your victim alive… so that the beatings can continue. That was Lavrenti Beria’s dictum. Beria was Stalin’s secret police chief, the Soviet version of Nazi Germany’s SS chief, Heinrich Himmler. (Stalin actually referred to Beria this way when he introduced him to Hitler’s foreign minister, Joachim Ribbentrop, during the latter’s visit…

GM Picks up the Pieces… Maybe

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Diesels are coming back. Just not VW’s diesels. The German automaker, if not kaput, has tapped out of that market to focus – mea culpa! – on electric cars (which will render the company kaput, if they’re serious). Which means there are currently no affordable diesel-powered new cars available on the market, as VW was…

VW’s Politically Incorrect Chick Car…

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There are men’s – and women’s – clothes. Different cut, different colors, different emphasis. No one sane complains that either derogates the other. If anything, the opposite. Women’s clothes make women look better; men’s also. It’s kind of the point. They are tailored to fit their different bodies and different preferences. Because the sexes are…

The Always Losing Argument

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I read an article the other day, recommended by a friend, about “conservatives” and the futility of the reactionary politics that defines them. They are always looking backward, to a time when things were “better.” But the getting there always stymies them. Well, sure. Because it doesn’t have intellectual pull. It comes off as the philosophical-political…

Electric Seppuku

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You have probably watched a samurai movie – and know about Seppuku. Ritual suicide to avoid the shame of being dishonored – particularly by defeat in war. VW is in the process of committing Seppuku. The electric car serving as its samurai sword. The imbecile shame over having “cheated” government emissions tests (like “cheating” a…

Recycled Heroes

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You may recall the Catholic Church’s troubles with pedophile priests. The trouble wasn’t just that some priests had an interest in little kids. It was that the Church was interested in covering it up. One way this was done, it turned out, was to send a kid-touching priest to a new parish. One where the parishioners…

The “Living” Constitution…

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It’s said – approvingly, by some – that the Constitution is a “living” document. Imagine any other contract that was also “living.” That is, subject to unilateral changes according to the whim of one of the parties to the contract. Would you sign? Would you feel yourself bound by such a contract?     Probably…

Cheap Gas – Big Problem

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Expect gas prices to go up – a lot. Soon. Not because of dwindling supply. If anything, there is too much oil. From a certain perspective. Whether oil is abiotic (produced by geothermal or other such processes rather than via the decay over time of organic matter) and so – heresy! – renewable or simply…

Fat Girl in a Bikini . . .

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You may have read that GM killed the electric car. This isn’t true. The government did. The practical electric car, at any rate. By imposing car design edicts that have made it impossible (so far) to build an economical electric car. An economical electric car would have to be, above all, a very light car.…