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The Future and its Enemies

Totalitarian State Famed for Its Central Planning Obsession Blames Man-made Drought on Bad Luck

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

California? No, in this case, it’s North Korea, Walter Russell Mead writes at the American Interest. After linking to a BBC report on the Hermit State’s H20 woes, as equally avoidable as California’s, Mead responds: The North Korean state will likely do what it normally does: pass blame while glorifying itself and continuing to subjugate […]

Quote of the Day

Monday, June 1st, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

…Stewart Brand (whom I’ve met a few times and who is one of the co-authors of the recent Eco-Modernist Manifesto) says that after a while when doomsday doesn’t come you have to begin wondering whether the underlying theory is simply wrong. * * * * * * * Prediction: In about 20 years or so, […]

Quote of the Day

Monday, May 25th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“A generation is now growing old, which never had anything to say for itself except that it was young. It was the first progressive generation – the first generation that believed in progress and nothing else…. [They believed] simply that the new thing is always better than the old thing; that the young man is […]

Osama and Obama: Dueling Perpetual Grad Students

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Daniel Drezner has an amusing take in the Washington Post on “What we can really learn” from the contents of the library inside the compound where “Osama bin Laden, perpetual impoverished grad student” spent his last days before matriculating into Hell: This is not the collection of an ordinary policy wonk. No, as I perused […]

‘Why Does the Left Kowtow to Islam?’

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

In the 1930s as a result of a rival faction of socialists having seized control of post-Weimar Germany, the founders of the leftwing Frankfurt School fled to America. By the fall of 1941, several of the Frankfurt School big boys eventually wound up in southern California, as a New York Times writer noted in 2010, […]

Big Business Loves Itself Plenty of Big Government: Decoding ‘The Big Myth’

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Timothy P. Carney of the American Enterprise Institute is interviewed by on “Big Business Loves Big Government: Cronyism in American Politics:” So the most famous sort of muckraker progressive story is Upton Sinclair, going into the meat packing plants and then everybody reads a book and sees how gross his meat packing plants are. […]

‘Sexy Conservatives Will Out-Breed Barren Liberals’

Monday, April 20th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Shot: That critical thinking plays a role in falling birthrates is backed up by a study conducted at Kansas State University, in which researchers found that “people’s desire to have children is most influenced by the positive and negative interactions, and the trade-offs.” These are detailed elegantly in an essay by Lionel Shriver, the author […]

‘Leftist Writers: We’re Here to Abolish White People’

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

As spotted by Ace: Inspirational messages for “straight white men” from the Assn of Writers & Writing Programs — Andrea Castillo (@anjiecast) April 18, 2015   Unexpectedly. Update: Of course, it’s not like some masses need outside help to hasten their extinction.

Hillary Clinton Calls Education A ‘Non-Family Enterprise’

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

And praises Common Core, Sean Davis writes at the Federalist: During her first official campaign event in Iowa earlier this week, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised Common Core and referred to children’s education as a “non-family enterprise.” Clinton’s controversial statements about education, which were captured by C-SPAN, came […]

Trapped Inside ‘The Architecture of Fear:’ Blacklisting Myself, Silicon Valley-Style

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

11 years ago, I wrote an article titled “Hollywood Stasists vs. Valley Dynamists” for Tech Central Station, on the cold technological war between northern and southern California. But rather than using the dynamists and stasists terminology from Virginia Postrel’s 1999 book The Future and Its Enemies, perhaps I should have referred to both sides as […]

You May Not Be Interested in the Culture War, But The Culture War is Interested in You

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

I swear, it’s like @ew was trying to prove @monsterhunter45’s point. — John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) April 7, 2015   I guess a grownup @ew got wind of that absurd headline? RT @JohnEkdahl: Weird. — Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) April 7, 2015 “Last Monday afternoon, Entertainment Weekly posted a story in its Books section […]

Question Asked and Answered

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

● “Can Greeks Become Germans?” — Thomas Friedman, the New York Times, July 19, 2011. ● “Greeks Prepare to Nationalize Banks…” —Headline today at the Drudge Report, linking to this London Telegraph article: Greece no longer has enough money to pay the IMF €458m on April 9 and also to cover payments for salaries and […]

VDH: How Jerry Brown Engineered California’s Drought

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Harry Reid: Extremism in the Defense of Fascism is No Vice

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“I give you Harry Reid, Proud ‘McCarthyite,’ as CNN’s Dana Bash explicitly framed it,” Ed Morrissey writes: REID: I don’t regret that at all. The Koch brothers — no one would help me. They were afraid the Koch brothers would go after them. So I did it on my own. BASH: So no regrets about […]

Time to Book Passage to the Off-World Colonies?

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Fake magazines created as background props for Ridley Scott’s epochal 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner, set in 2019: Missed prediction: "Earthlings pay big $ to see future" RT @doctorow Magazines in Blade Runner — Nils Gilman (@nils_gilman) February 7, 2015 Real magazine available on newsstands in 2015: So this is a magazine they […]

The Giver: A Chilling Cinematic Peek into Hillary Clinton’s Infamous Village

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“I like to say I’m more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax. I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.” —Stalinist and banjo player Pete Seeger, during a 1995 interview with […]


Monday, March 16th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Seattle restaurants are going out of business following a big minimum wage hike? That’s weird. — Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) March 14, 2015 We’ve seen this movie before, haven’t we? ‘Minimum wage hike killed my bookstore’ – Businesses in San Francisco must raise wages to at least $15 an hour ove… — A […]

Quote of the Day

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Havel argues here that, in fact, cultivating an individual “sphere of truth” will ultimately destroy the totalitarian communist government. Using a simple metaphor, a grocer’s placing a “Worker’s of the World Unite” poster in his window, Havel explains how that “lie” (and similar simple acts) form both the foundation of yet ultimate weakness in his […]

Apocalypse Newark

Monday, March 9th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

By the late 1960s, an America that had been governed primarily by “liberal” politicians for much of the century seemed to be on the verge of collapse. Kennedy was assassinated in the Cold War. LBJ scaled FDR’s New Deal up to Texas-sized proportions, only to discover, the hard way, that a government that tries to […]

Go Dark

Friday, March 6th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Ben, I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Yes, sir. Are you listening? Yes, I am. Silence. Exactly how do you mean? At Ricochet, GOP strategist Rick Wilson proffers some very simple advice to Republican politicians: “Stop talking:” In the next two weeks, try something new; maintain discipline, hold focus, and […]