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Tuesday links

I had two blogs I wanted to post today, but it’s been zip and zoom and zap since early morning. Commitments, appointments, distractions, demands. Then every time I think I have a moment to sit down, something interrupts.

Now I’ve got half an hour before an appointment. Let’s see if I can sneak some links into that time, and come back later (cross fingers) for post two.


  1. Jorge
    Jorge October 23, 2018 5:31 pm

    The “people are getting stupider” meme has been around for a while. Perhaps. But I think the reason politics is getting nastier is that there is a lot more at stake. The article says that in the 1980s only 15% of demopublicans and republicrats hated each other. While the government was huge and had tendrils is most places then it is now an all pervasive monster. Who is in charge really matters. Matters beyond anything else to a lot of people. So much so that hatred is where it leads.

  2. Shel
    Shel October 24, 2018 11:17 am

    I hadn’t thought about the fact that a more powerful central government forces people to have real concerns. Surely that raises the stakes in elections. The dumbing down of the American public is a well recognized phenomenon among those paying attention. Sir John Glubb, in the section titled “XXI Civil dissensions” on page 12 (his numbering) noted that such dissensions are hallmarks of a civilization in its last stages and that the Byzantine Empire despite a dominating external threat continued with its civil wars until the empire was lost. Were it a collapsing USSR I could break out the popcorn, but I certainly can’t for this.

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