Master of Querimonies

There’s always somthing cookin’ at Romney’s….

Posted in The upcoming Mayan general elections by Davis X. Machina on July 6, 2011

He’s white. He’s not Keynan. He’s not obviously from anywhere, really, certainly not the South, or a big city. He may be a Mormon, but at least he’s not a Muslim. And he’s definitely not a socialist. And to the naked eye he appears not to be barking mad.

This is America, and there’s nothing more American than the desire to not be disappointed. We’re the home of Olive Garden, and Chili’s, and Applebee’s. We don’t want food, so much as something that looks like what we think food should look like. And we don’t want politicians, so much as people who look like what we think politicians look like. [1]

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 GOP presidential candidate — A White Guy in a Suit/Something Else in a Suit, 2012!

[1] Sometimes we’ll go crazy and ethnic. Obama. P.F. Chang’s. But only sometimes…


Ipse Dixit

Posted in Forward into the past by Davis X. Machina on July 5, 2011

“Reagan taught us that deficits don’t matter”  Dick Cheney

Ipse dixit:

Ipse dixit is a Latin phrase meaning ‘he himself said it’. The term labels a dogmatic statement asserted but not proved, to be accepted on faith in the speaker.[1] Usually from a person of standing or good reputation, such as Aristotle or even Plato; a dictum. The legal and philosophical principle of “Ipse dixit” involves an unproven assertion, which is claimed to be authoritative because ‘he himself said it.’ It is asserted, but not proved, for example: “His testimony that she was a liar was nothing more than an ipse dixit.“[2] In the Middle Ages, scholars often applied the term to justify arguments if they had been used by Aristotle.[3]

Our new Middle Ages—come for the feudalism, stay for the scholastic theology.

Tenaces antiquorum

Posted in Forward into the past by Davis X. Machina on July 3, 2011

The basic problem with Republicans is, they’re not Republicans, they’re monarchists. They’re interchangeable with the Bourbon faction in early 19th c. France.

The royalist party in a parliament has no real interest in cooperating with the small-r republican parties, in governing. Its sole purpose for being is to hasten the day Restoration.

When the king comes into his own again, ‘politics’ can return to its God-intended form: courtiers jockeying around the Throne for grace and favor and preferment, for pensions and governorships abroad, and royal monopolies. The king is the government—even, or especially, when a feckless king reigns, and the ministers do all the heavy lifting.

Parliament can become again what it was meant to be, a gentleman’s club that bestirs itself occasionally to vote credits for the king’s wars.

The weirdest transformation of political terminology isn’t what’s happened to the word ‘liberal’ since John Stuart Mill—it’s what happened to the word ‘republican’.

Republicans are monarchists.

From California to the New York island….

Posted in Forward into the past by Davis X. Machina on February 27, 2011

…this ain’t your land.

One of the most interesting things about the new, highly mobile, networked America is that you can go from coast hearing the same music, eating the same burgers, using one ATM card, and never have to adjust your prejudices.

Nothing the rednecks up here, 2000 miles from the Rio Grande, love more than talking smack about Messicans. It’s hard to imagine a bar full of locals in Eagle Pass saying dumbass things about Québecois, but I’m sure it could happen.

Since the 2012 elections seem to have begun already….

Posted in The upcoming Mayan general elections by Davis X. Machina on December 25, 2010

…without having the common decency to let 2011 happen first, everyone’s calling the 2012 primary races, and I can’t handle the peer pressure. So….

The winner is Chris Christie, running as the fightin’ general American needs to manage its war on public employees.

I expect he’d do rather well. Crab-bucket syndrome (If I don’t have a job, then you don’t get to have one either) is bi-partisan—see discussions here on public-sector pensions—ostensibly race-neutral—but you know who those employees all are, wink, wink—and not closely identified with any particular area of the country. It’s not obviously part of the religious wars, either.

Ressentisment light—all the rage, without all the baggage.

GOP R&D may have finally developed the new product they needed, now that the patent on fighting nearly pointless wars in nearly unreachable places has expired, generics are available, and it’s in all the shops now, not just the GOP.

On the Mandate…

Posted in Uncategorized by Davis X. Machina on December 14, 2010

Let’s play Jeopardy.

A. A purchase that Congress finds worth encouraging, so it passes a law that gains its purchaser a tax advantage, a tax advantage withheld from those who do not make such a purchase….

Q. What is a thirty-year fixed mortgage from Wells Fargo?

Q. What is an ACA-compliant health insurance policy from Aetna, or Anthem/Wellpoint?

Vanguard of the Revolution

Posted in Uncategorized by Davis X. Machina on December 11, 2010

A cold, hard, small, disciplined, real Democratic party is the only thing that will save the country.

Oh, sure, some people will carp, and point out that during this process real people will suffer real pain that could otherwise have been averted. When the historical necessity of their sacrifice is explained to them properly, however, they will come around.

Some day, when real progressives finally take power, we can recognize their sacrifice. A memorial, something tasteful, and not too grandiose on the Mall? Or a commemorative stamp…we could have Banksey do it; think how cool that would be.

Remind me again, when did Lenin die?

“Eduard Bernstein, pick up the white courtesy phone.”

Posted in Forward into the past by Davis X. Machina on December 9, 2010

Kevin Drum says of the Democrats: They [the Democrats, ed.] have to figure out a way to build a supermajority coalition for complicated legislation, and that means compromise. And everyone knows this.

Part of that supermajority coalition, if you include actors outside the actual legislature, doesn’t know this, or pretends to not know this. And it has no interest in compromise. It has no interest in ‘a supermajority coalition for complicated legislation’ because it has a profound mistrust that anything good can come from a legislature.

Power corrupts, and the more you exercise it, the more corrupt you become. The only legitimate, uncorrupt stand is to not exercise it.

This leads to adulation of the powerless (Bernie Sanders, Alan Grayson), and ‘Kill-the-Bill’ politics. In progressive circles, marginal status is considered proof of good will. Anybody with efficacy is corrupt, because they have efficacy.

We’re fighting Marx/Kautsky v. Bernstein/Jaurés, all over again.

In the long run, the ‘professional left’ doesn’t trust, maybe doesn’t even believe in, government — sharing that predilection with the teabag right, interestingly enough.

The New Math and Obama’s Zero-th Term….

Posted in Obama -- no one that smart should want the job by Davis X. Machina on October 24, 2010

Thinking of the Wikileaks….

In the minds of Mrs and Mr. America, the torture and other abuse will wind up, like TARP and the rest of the bailouts, to have all happened during Obama’s zero-th term, between the ‘06 election and 1/20/09.

Obviously the Bushies will want it that way—book tour coming up — and the anti-Obama left will want it that way, failure to prosecute murder and murder being the same thing and all, and the teahadis will complain that Obama didn’t do anywhere enough torturing back in ‘06-’08.

Taking comfort from the news

Posted in UK Politics by Davis X. Machina on May 14, 2010

It’s encouraging, in a way, that the Tories were forced into a coalition in order to govern at all.

Going in, the Conservatives have the mighty Murdoch Wurlitzer on their side, that and the fact that most people au fond are shits. A party that plays upon the worst in people, that’s grounded in the fundamental depravity of mankind, should routinely command too many seats to need a coalition partner.

So either this batch of Tories is unusually incompetent, or mankind has become ever so slightly less fundamentally depraved.

Either would qualify as good news….