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Saturday, 02 November 2019


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"What's the Russian for 'totally useless egotist'?"
The 'self licking ice cream cone'.

Timely, Europe from 1789-1989 plus 30

Good read in places, Whiters.

When he got to this bit ...

Poles are not “so easily free”: they must fight for it over and over again if need be. This was their fate, and their great privilege. This is far from the spirit of Kojève’s last man at the end of History, content with personal enjoyments and a post-historical descent into hedonism, softness, and self-indulgence.

... I say give me the "personal enjoyments and post-historical descent into hedonism, softness, and self-indulgence" over all that youthful trench digging I did on Salisbury plain any day!

And the writer being a bit of a Left Footer, he passes over this ...

Solzhenitsyn always insisted that there could be a despotism in the name of the soul

... with an air of "nothing to see here" - how about the unreformed Catholic Church of the middle ages, sunshine? Burn, baby, burn!

Then this ...

In Hungary, a talented statesman of impeccable anti-totalitarian credentials, Viktor Orbán

Mmm. "Your totalitarianism evil, mine good", three hail Marys, and a top o' the mornin' t'yez!


SoD, I thought you would enjoy that article. The Catholic Church of the middle ages brought the need for the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago. Too big will lead to too powerful, be it church, state or whatever. I suppose Hungary sees itself as recently free from communism only to be set upon by tyranny from the near West-EU; and from the south by Islam.

FFS ...


Yes, democracy is messy and untidy and throws up an enormous stream of inedequates but, and this is the crucial point, none of them can rule for ever! ... Perhaps our collection of plonkers aren't that bad after all!

Somehow a lesson has sunk in and our David has grown up! Democracy depends on inputs from all kinds of people. Some, like the current American president, are most likely certifyibly insane. But a democratic system allows counterbalance:

"Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." - Winston Churchill, 11 November 1947

Thank you, Daddy!

Bob, just a quibble. Trump is nowhere near insane. He is just himself. Trump is at long last bringing "counterbalance" to a government that has gone insane with power lust and entitlement. Don't confuse the unhinged and now exposed left's antics for Trump's.

Re Hungary again: they are under attack by Brussels.

Whitewall, professionals disagree:

I'm currently reading the book. As I understand it so far Trump has a number of conditions identifiable using forensic techniques. The head-shrinkers aren't doing a diagnosis, which they agree isn't possible without directly interviewing the subject, but comparing his actions and speech, of which there's plenty available, to those of people with known conditions. Supposedly his worst characteristic is "extreme present hedonism". That means he lives totally in the moment doing whatever feeds his ego and makes him feel good at that point. It explains the constant contradicting lies, among other things.

Thanks Bob,I needed a good laff today.

In my opinion, anyone who takes 'psycho-babblers' seriously is in serious need of a 'psycho-babbler'!


Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your server.


Good diagnosis for an amateur.

Well, Trump has a couple of traits, not conditions, that the previous President had. Those being thin skinned and narcissistic. It is taking a Trump to cause DC and its "deep state" keepers to reveal themselves.

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