Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

In the Mail:

Three more books with colons in the titles.

Eric Hoffer's True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

Eric Sevareid's Conversations with Eric Sevareid: Interviews with Notable Americans (It contains an extensive interview of Hoffer.)

David Hackett Fischer's Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America

I bought them all used through the ABEBooks.

I just finished James Webb's Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, which I found very interesting, considering my ancestors come from the Appalachian mountains, and are most definitely Scots-Irish of the hillbilly type. Taken in conjuction with Walter Russell Mead's The Jacksonian Tradition, it's quite a bit to think about.

The Scots-Irish culture is a highly individualistic one, but one willing to follow a strong leader. It has a hatred of aristocracy, but a respect for accomplishment. It's also an embracing culture - adopt its ways, no matter your background - and you're an accepted member.

The same cannot be said of most cultures.

And we're still a plurality in this country. If you want to understand the portion of the populace that decides elections these days, I recommend you read Born Fighting. If you're of Scots-Irish descent, you'll find yourself nodding and agreeing. If you're not, you'll be shaking your head. But trust me on this: James Webb knows whereof he writes.

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