Patton complained about US policy and faded (i.e. was pushed) into the background. MacArthur – because he was operating in the theater that policymakers didn’t care about and because he was loved by the citizens in the countries that the US was operating in – took policy into his own hands. The result was a relatively stable, pro-US Asia and the rise of the biggest economies outside the US. The only exceptions to this general rule – Korea and Vietnam – were undertaken against MacArthur’s advice by the policymakers who otherwise ignored Asia. The result in Europe was a stalemate between great powers, enslavement of half of Europe’s population, and 50 years spent on the brink of nuclear annihilation. Is this even a comparison?Or the nature of Man:
I believe that the vast majority of men yearn to follow a leader. If allowed to freely pursue "their own ends" they would walk in circles. Some subset of men seek power. Among this subset, some are good and some are bad. I don’t see how one can read any serious quantity of history and disagree with my position. If you disagree, explain war, religion or the rise of nations without reference to men believing in causes and leaders.Or the nature of Woman (err, not exactly, but the heading was irresistable):
Women are rising in many professions. Unfortunately, they are doing so only with massive subsidy from the government. This subsidy comes in the form of forcing men to pay child support to women who automatically get children in divorce, direct subsidies for working mothers, daycare subsidies, tax breaks, etc. Women may be rising, but an economy based on women-only work is as unthinkable as Greece fully honoring its debt.Or the nature of Society:
Mind you, these were all posted yesterday. Yowzer. That's a lot of Intellectual grist for the thinking mill, right there.
Voting out one set of pols won’t change the results. The elites are the system and the system is the elites. It is so now. It has always been so. It always will be so.
My point (take it as the formalist point) is that along the spectrum of "societies for human beings" there is no choice of a system that doesn’t have elites. A society that has no elites would have to be a non-human society. Human societies create elites. Elites are the system.
I'm not at all sure that I agree with most of this (and am pretty sure that I don't agree with a lot of this). But if you're looking for something to make you stop and think, about all sorts of things, presented in a delightfully curmudgeonly manner, this should be a waystop for your bloggy adventuring.