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Bloggingheads.tv - The Wright Show
David Frum and Robert Wright discuss the Iraq war, 10 years later. Frum is as persuasive as ever, favorite part is his discussion of how worthless the UN is and under what conditions (mainly the NATO agreement) is it of SOME value.
Iraq  UN  Frum  Wright  bloggingheads 
may 2018 by HispanicPundit
Trump’s Plan to End Europe - The Atlantic
As a German government official once remarked to me, noting the contemporary irrelevance of the Alsace-Lorraine dispute, which cost France and Germany so much blood between 1870 and 1945: “If a German wants a house in Alsace, he can buy one. Who cares which government delivers the mail?”
Europe  foreignpolicy  Trump  Frum  AtlanticMonthly 
august 2017 by HispanicPundit
Devil’s Advocate  |  Ricochet
Listened to . Inarticulate, knee jerk, happy talk conservative hosts don't get : not normal
frum  trump  from twitter
april 2017 by mshook
Will the Republican Party Survive the 2016 Election?
David Frum thinks that Republicans are tearing themselves apart.
rmc  republicans  frum  atlantic  trump 
december 2015 by chrischantrill
John & Belle Have A Blog: Dead Right
“The great, overwhelming fact of a capitalist economy is risk. Everyone is at constant risk of the loss of his job, or of the destruction of his business by a competitor, or of the crash of his investment portfolio. Risk makes people circumspect. It disciplines them and teaches them self-control. Without a safety net, people won’t try to vault across the big top. Social security, student loans, and other government programs make it far less catastrophic than it used to be for middle-class people to dissolve their families. Without welfare and food stamps, poor people would cling harder to working-class respectability than they do not.”

The thing that makes capitalism good, apparently, is not that it generates wealth more efficiently than other known economic engines. No, the thing that makes capitalism good is that, by forcing people to live precarious lives, it causes them to live in fear of losing everything and therefore to adopt – as fearful people will – a cowed and subservient posture: in a word, they behave ‘conservatively’. Of course, crouching to protect themselves and their loved ones from the eternal lash of risk precisely won’t preserve these workers from risk. But the point isn’t to induce a society-wide conformist crouch by way of making the workers safe and happy. The point is to induce a society-wide conformist crouch. Period. A solid foundaton is hereby laid for a desirable social order.
capitalism  risk  psychology  fear  security  insecurity  philosophy  culture  politics  behavior  Frum  Holbo 
october 2012 by ernie.bornheimer

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