How to be stupid
Scientists spend a lot of time studying intelligence, and arguing over how it can be measured. They should invest more effort in studying stupidity. Intelligence is largely potential and theoretical, but stupidity is practical. As a great philosopher once explained to her son, “Stupid is as stupid does.” The key ingredient in applied stupidity is lack of effort. Intelligence without effort is a high-performance engine | Read More »
Presidential Politics Does Not Define Conservatism
The conservative movement is a complex coalition of people and ideas that seek to impact popular culture, public policy and electoral politics based on its ideals and principles. To take something this complex and diverse and equate it with an election at the highest possible level is to both over-simplify and devalue it.
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These are the words of a man who should be (Vice) President
Last week Charles Krauthammer wrote a column that I consider one of his best in quite a while, titled “The case against re-election.” In it, he examined Obama’s failed programs and legislation and the potential campaign strategy for Mitt Romney. Krauthammer’s most important point focused on how important it is for Mitt Romney – and now Paul Ryan – to campaign against Obama on ideological | Read More »
More on the Peter Gleick Fakegate Memo.
This is pretty good stuff of Megan McArdle, re Peter Gleick‘s own-goal sabotage of climate change advocates by disseminating/allegedly creating a fake Heartland memo on its global warming strategies (not to mention his confessed identity theft): When skeptics complain that global warming activists are apparently willing to go to any lengths–including lying–to advance their worldview, I’d say one of the movement’s top priorities should be | Read More »
Good Morning Open Thread
A little Kirkean thought that came up in an email discussion: It’s important we remember the difference between a conservative, who has ideas, and a leftist who has an ideology. Ideas are flexible. ideology is not. Thinking men and women with ideas can disagree. Ideologues who disagree must shun and destroy each other. Open Thread.