Over 750 observations through the ages and across the world from well known clear thinkers like H. R. Mencken, Mae West, and W. C. Fields. And many thoughts of an old man and a young woman about wise and foolish humans, and the nature of Reality.
Old man has lived a full life, and tries very hard to be honest and open-minded. Sometimes he succeeds. He’s not much for political correctness or the noble lie.
The young woman is a super-smart, foul-mouthed brat, a student at UC Berkeley, and good friend of the old man. She says what she thinks and couldn’t care less if that bothers you. “Get over your self-righteous, hyper-sensitivity”.
1. Government is essential, and there is a positive correlation between the power and size of government and the freedom of the individual and prosperity---up to a point. But then government continues to grow under its own momentum, irrespective of need, and the correlation reverses.
2. Lawyers don’t produce anything. All they do is guide you through the labyrinth of the legal system that they create. And they keep changing it just in case you start to catch on.
3. Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind the suffocation of a new bureaucracy.
4. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
5. When you read descriptions like “associated with”, “possibly linked”, “consistent with”, “may”, “supports”, “could”, “might”, “implies”, “suggests”, “nearly”, “tends to”, “trending”, “as many as”, “virtually”, “up to”, “to a great extent”, “surges”, “may be”, “linked to”, “self evident”, in a report that purports to be scientific, be very sure it is not science. You are reading propaganda.
6. When you believe something is right or wrong, true or false, you believe the assumptions in the words which express the arguments. Such assumptions are often full of holes, but remain most precious to the convinced.
Alfred North Whitehead
7. Selective enforcement of the law is the first sign of tyranny. A government empowered to determine arbitrarily who may operate outside the rule of law invariably embraces favoritism as friends, allies and those with the best-funded lobbyists are rewarded. Favoritism inevitably leads to corruption, and corruption invites extortion. Ultimately, the rule of law ceases to exist in any recognizable form, and what is left is tyranny.
Milton R. Wolf
8. I wonder what the politically correct name for little people is these days. People of slight stature seems a bit long. How about LP for little people, which I hope does not offend anyone tall or short. Oops, I mean of diminutive size. To hell with it, dwarf is my choice.
If that offends you, tough shit! Get over your self-righteous, victim-loving, hyper-sensitivity.
Or maybe you’re one of those shrill, bullying, grievance grifters, pumping fear, guilt and anger to make a nice living and give meaning to your sorry life.
9. The battles between the two political parties are elaborate games, played by the rich. Sometimes they stage good theater, but most of the time they just steal your money.
10. War is delightful to those who have no experience of it. Most men who send others to war are too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.
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Published December 24, 2013
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