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  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    Not all of us. I'm a Burkean paleoconservative by inclination - and, yes, that is wild-eyed radicalism, when contrasted with most previous political systems (the Roman and Venetian Republics are at least partial exceptions). But while my emotions cleave to...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    1. The UK over the last 50 years. 2. The USA over the last 50 years, as it's devolved from a republic into a mere democracy. I'm giving up discussing political topics with you, because you've demonstrated that you're simply...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    None of the issues you cite in your weblog post are new or unique or unanticipated. Reading Machiavelli, Montesquieu, the Federalist Papers, and de Tocqueville is a pre-requisite to having a sensible discussion on these matters. Democracy in particular is...
  • Commented on STROSS IN COMPUTER-FREE VACATION SHOCKER
    It's not so much the place itself to which I object, but the climate (cold in winter!). ;>...
  • Commented on STROSS IN COMPUTER-FREE VACATION SHOCKER
    I do understand the frequent-flyer thing - I travel internationally a great deal, too, and the Gold status perqs really become necessities if one travels a great deal....
  • Commented on Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!
    Yes, this merely confirms my assertions - anything which is contrary to your own political/ideological views is automatically 'trolling'....
  • Commented on Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!
    Yes, there are off-limit topics in speculative fiction. Specifically, any works which deal with race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economics, and/or politics from any other perspective other than the dominant, oppressive (heh) left/liberal perspective are automagically branded as racist, sexist,...
  • Commented on STROSS IN COMPUTER-FREE VACATION SHOCKER
    My wiling suspension of disbelief does not stretch to the point of accommodating the notion that one would *voluntarily* holiday in Germany under any circumstances . . ....
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