Jun 052019

The great political divide is not between left and right, populist and elitist, or authoritarian and libertarian. It is between people who are consumed by politics and people who are sane.

Jun 042019

Respectable opinion is a sandbox, and it is the children who play at its edges who guard it most zealously from the children who are not allowed to play at all.

May 312019

Anyone can write platitudes, and anyone can write falsehoods, but it takes an aphorist to do both at once.

May 292019

Group differences never reflect on the individual, only the other members of the group.

May 282019

The in-group and out-group are praised and blamed by the same people for exactly the same policies, and the bulk of American political commentary consists of party flacks pointing this out about the flacks of the other party.

May 272019

The especially rigid dogmatist can be identified by his frequent assurances that he always thinks for himself.

May 242019

Pay special regard to the most obvious, most widely disseminated, most often repeated nonsense — it is the loyalty test.

May 232019

History, for the progressive, is a bottomless source of self-regard. He reads of past men and past deeds, and thinks, “If only they were more like us!”