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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Jim Rose explains all

Jim Rose has 405 followers on Twitter. I am among them. Here is why:

In school we had teachers. In life, everyone is a teacher. My book will not quote Jim, but it will quote people from a physicist to a porn star. It works. You shall see.

Till then, Jim Rose gave one hell of an explanation of what just went down -- and what will continue to go down.

When was the last time the Fox News All-Stars were evenly remotely this aware in this election?


  1. He has distilled the argument to its essence!

  2. One of my projects in the past couple of years has been to read as many books on the French Revolution that I could get my hands on, including histories of the preceding hundred years or more. It will take years. One thing I am learning from it is that that revolution 1.Was not as inevitable as many have thought, 2.Could have been stopped at many points in its progress, and 3.Was not as radical in its origins as we are often led to believe. In the course of this I came to believe that the conservative of today is closer to the members of the Third Estate and the early iterations of the Jacobin Club than we are to the positions of men like Edmund Burke. I've even said in previous posts on this site that we are the New Jacobins. People tend to concentrate on Trump's nationalism, but forget about his populism. The French took a great interest in the various declarations of rights that came out of the American Revolution, and could not have helped but notice when George Mason wrote,"That no man, or set of men, are entitled to any separate or exclusive emoluments or privileges from the community." This was too radical for Jefferson to include in our own Declaration, as well as for the French, as they were even more conservative than we were in their first constitution. But the ßpirit of this statement is what drives populism, and the idea that elites should not be running our lives. Yes. We are about to get a little radical, and I think we will be better off for it.

  3. Trump will first do no harm, a phrase DrDoc I'm sure recognizes, because it has never been without consequences should he have done so. His opponent will actively do harm because she has never been punished for so doing and in fact has become rich from her actions. I don't care if Trump fails to achieve any of his promises. I am concerned that his opponent may fulfill even one of her own.

    1. I'm sure you are right. I am, however. Not just talking about Trump himself, but the general tenor of things. The century of progressivism is coming to an end, and the managerial revolution is about to see a backlash. Part of the reason for interest in the French Revolution is that occurred after a hundred or more years of progressive concentration of power into an absolute monarchy and an administrative state that interfered in the business and personal lives of everyone oppressively, much like our system is becoming, along with a public debt that the government became unable to pay even the interest on, again like us. Many people like to compare us to the Roman empire. We are more like France after John Law and the wars of the Bourbons.

  4. He has 413 followers now. I'm 413.

  5. I've been posting the same sentiments for years. That doesn't make me a genius (only Teapartyquack is) but it is nice to see that folks are learning that Trump is the ultimate anti-Wall Street (more commonly known as "Republicans" and "Democrats") candidate. Though I am not convinced Trump will truly be the candidate that reverses the Wall Street regime and puts it back in the hands of the people, I am grateful that he has finally gotten the likes of Surber to realize having an "R" next to one person's name does not make him/her worthy of political office.