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.
The especially rigid dogmatist can be identified by his frequent assurances that he always thinks for himself.
Pay special regard to the most obvious, most widely disseminated, most often repeated nonsense — it is the loyalty test.
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!”
Beliefs are no index to character, and if you believe otherwise, you are a bad person.
To hide one’s beliefs takes effort, and attenuates them.
Deductive conclusions, like the weather, are highly sensitive to initial conditions.
You may speak for others when they hire you to do so.
We are too consumed by who shall rule to notice how.
Aphorism: half banality, half untruth.