So, having liberals tell me they want me dead? It turns out I’m in good company.
Tweet of the Day: Canadian leftwing extremist alert by Michelle Malkin
Oh, Canada! by Ann Coulter
Mr. Palmer was right, conservative women do seem to be getting more death threats than men.
But it’s understandable that liberals are concerned about criticism of Obama; it turns out that criticizing Obama can cause ripples in the space-time continuum!
Often after reading some particularly worrisome blog posts, I go out and am surprised to see people driving to work and doing their grocery shopping as if everything were all right. To be sure, news about the looming dangers has been carefully censored, and even my closest friends think I’m a little nuts, but surely if things were really as bad as all that, there would be rioting in the streets, wouldn’t there? Or rather, more rioting?
Gates of Vienna finally explained why so many intelligent people are able to believe that collapse is not imminent:
The accumulated per-capita financial and social capital of European countries are, by and large, so huge that there is a great deal of ‘slack’ in the system. By this I mean that a fairly substantial degradation of that capital can take place before things will really start to bite on a personal level. We can be sure, even given the atrocious game structure between Swedes and Somalis as outlined above, that the Swedish people, on average, still enjoy a very high standard of living, even interspersed as their lives may now be with the occasional to-them-inexplicable piece of ‘cultural enrichment’. The withdrawal of the franchise from hostile Muslim aliens is the last thing on their mental horizons. The losers of a string of zero-sum games though they may be, they have still not suffered enough to want to change the system.
Remember my post about bureaucracy, the “permanent government”? It turns out that the best source of understanding of it is in a work of fiction, the classic British tv series Yes Minister (and its sequel Yes Prime Minister). My dear Hypatia recommended it to me several years ago, but the first scene of the first episode was so dismal that I stopped before it was even over. This winter I decided to give it another go, and discovered that that first scene bears no resemblance whatever to anything else ever to appear in the series, and a good thing, too.
The series is about an MP who is trying to eliminate waste in government and do an honest job for those who elected him, but finds his every effort stonewalled by the civil service, in the person of his Permanent Secretary. Most of the episodes feature our crusading MP being shocked and outraged to discover the venality of the civil service and the stranglehold it has over the government, making it nearly impossible for any politician to carry out the will of the people. The Permanent Secretary explains how the system works in hilarious terms and is endlessly annoyed that his employer will not just sit in his office quietly and not interfere by attempting to do his job.
Netflix has it on Watch Instantly, so take advantage. The show was quite popular, and I am amazed that anyone who watched it continued to believe that elected government was a workable system.