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Comment I'll bite (Score 1) 5

We're all individuals. "The Greater Good? or The Lesser Evil?" can only be evaluated in whatever context you hold as the teleological point of life.
Given what I think is your materialistic weltanschauung, I can't fathom what you mean by

It is an evolutionary process.

How did life ever get off the periodic table? "Process" implies both an initial state, a current state, and some vector of travel (perhaps varying). How do you model those?

Comment Re:Complete fraud (Score 1) 30

If you call me a "lefty" again, I will abandon any conversation with you. It indicates that you live in Flatland, and cannot conceive of dimensions outside of those you received in tutelage from others.

In fairness (and by way of apology), the whole right/left distinction is increasingly a bugaboo. Read Codevilla, and know that it's the ruling class vs. us here peasants.
Coming back to the public/private sector point, I'm talking about the encroachment/enslavement of the public sector via entitlements.
As TFA is saying, the emphasis on public sector incurring of debt to pay for shiny items has pushed whole cities (Detroit) past the point of reasonable recovery, triggering fire sales for temporary revenue boosts to keep a dead system alive.
See also Walter Russell Mead.

Comment Re:There's a big problem (Score 1) 25

I'd edit you slightly to say that "educated leftists like the people who made The Butler [know that there is power to be derived from perpetuating] the lie that Martin was hunted and murdered".
If you hold that the only thing that matters is controlling groups of people, much of the media and legislative behavior snap into focus.
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How about this dead Aussie?
This tragedy sucks as bad as the one that befell Trayvon. How is the narrative going to evolve to handle this one? I suspect not at all; since violence only merits notice in one direction, the Racism Industrial Complex goes on holiday, leaving the cricket chorus to pick up the slack.

Comment Re:Complete fraud (Score 1) 30

Do you mean the privatization along the lines of GM, or the privatization of health care?
Because nothing says 'private' to me like Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac.
All of the fear-mongering Lefty weenies bemoaning the ills of capitalism (as though we even recall what that is, this far along the socialist lolly-pop trail) can just go suck a swamp dry.

Comment Re:I am so ordinary that I am double xtra ordinary (Score 1) 81

Well, according to St. Albert of Gore:

From the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption.

That's my vote for the stupidest thing ever said by a public figure, though I'll grant that Bush's

I looked the man in the eye. I was able to get a sense of his soul

does afford some competition.

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Then there's the wrap up of the Whitey Bulger trial in Boston. Bulger was a mobster who was in tight with Justice Department officials and Massachusetts politicos, (Bulger's brother, a Democratic pol, was president of the Massachusetts Senate) and after his conviction one juror reported that she was "stunned" by the extent of government corruption that came o

Comment Re:Flip it around... (Score 1) 7

I would say that is an oversimplification. There is plenty of blame to go around on the disaster that is Detroit. Much of what we see is the result of one city going pretty well all-in on a single industry and not forming a backup plan when that industry decides it no longer wants that city.

We're diverging, sir. Back you original question:

How is this dystopian future any less realistic than the unrealised dystopian future that so many conservative pundits swore up and down we would see under President Obama?

The dystopian future of which "so many conservative pundits swore up and down" is the generalization of Detroit: more an more resources consumed by the process, so that the product dies.
Yesterday I blew a day of vacay and videoed MIRC hearings. This is Medicaid expansion. In defense of the presenters, they seemed sincere in their desire to do their jobs.
However, I just don't believe the fundamental http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_bill_of_rights any of it; not in theory (at the federal level), and not in practice, economically. There was a discussion at this MIRC hearing of "federal dollars" (as though the country has multiple currencies) and how that if the States don't blow taxpayer dollars, money, they don't get "federal matching funds". Talk about perverse incentives!
And for what? The federal incentives are all short- to mid-term. What happens when the well runs dry?
I just don't believe it. It's all foolishness. What I do believe is that the Detroit-ification of the country will continue apace without substantial reform. I don't believe the Democrats capable of delivering it, and I'm far from certain the Republicans even remember their roots in any useful way; it's all been eaten by this Progressive Utopian vision.
That ends in Detroit.

Comment Re:Flip it around... (Score 1) 7

Fair point. It's certainly the case that the President's control over specific events is indirect on a good day.
Nevertheless, I'll double down on my argument that the ideas which President Obama espouses are highly congruent with the ones that made Detroit the success it is today.
In defense of Obama, the Republican counter-arguments are. . .wait. . .where did they go?
What a godforsaken mess.

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