Donald Trump didn’t suddenly change in the past few days, weeks or months. He’s the same guy he always was, the same guy that most of us in the conservative movement and GOP have been staunchly opposing for the past year. He didn’t abruptly become reckless, obnoxious, ill-informed, ERRATIC, hot-tempered, pathologically dishonest, narcissistic, crude and catastrophically unqualified for the presidency overnight.Note the standard long string of cusswords. Most of those cusswords fit all candidates for President. We've turned the office into a crazy mess, and you have to be obnoxious, dishonest, narcissistic, etc, to seek it. One exception. ERRATIC. The Establishment requires candidates who are perfectly reliable in their IDEOLOGICAL ORTHODOXY. Candidates must obey and re-transmit the Party Beacon over and over. Ideology is RELIABLE. Theories are RELIABLE. Experimentation is ERRATIC. Try something, see if it works, then try something else when it doesn't work. Theoreticians in science or politics always see experimenters as ERRATIC. FDR was constantly described as ERRATIC. In some simple cases a reliable constant theory can serve well, as long as Nature doesn't throw a curve. Nature is erratic. PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT. A complex system like a nation is hugely erratic. The only way to adjust or repair a nation is by experimentation. It helps if you know what your goal is, know which levers to pull, know which changes are more likely to approach the goal. The only way to know those things is by previous experimentation. Using those guidelines to inform new fiddling, you can finally determine which parts need replacing and which parts need to be removed permanently. Fortunately MOST of the needed experimentation on this nation has already been done. FDR's successful work is especially relevant to our current mess, and we can use his lab notebook as guidance. Given a choice between RELIABLY destroying the country versus ERRATICALLY trying to repair the country, I'll take the latter. = = = = = Next day: Can't stay ahead of these monsters. Column by Walter Shapiro, predictably defending tyranny: Clinton Offers Predictability in an Erratic Political Year
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.