An Army of Cartmans: Libertarian and Conservative pundits “triumph” by becoming what they despise.


1. Saul Alinsky was evil, as are Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, etc. There is no benefit to a self-loving mind in emulating their vile, rhetorically invalid tactics. Breitbart was wrong: Tu quoque is not okay.

2. No matter how much you revile or ridicule your opponent, this will not make you a better person. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

3. Everything you do that does not advance your objectives retards them: 1 > 0 > –1.

4. Mobbing up is always self-destructive — for every member of the mob.

As it happens, I wrote a book about these ideas.

The walking irrelevancies who call themselves libertarian and conservative “thought leaders” could have read it today, instead of wasting their time and soiling their characters making dumb-ass dog-meat jokes.

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  • Could have.
    Should have.

    They all failed remedial math. Splendor wasted…and the jokes sucked.

    • > They all failed remedial math. Splendor wasted…and the jokes sucked.

      That was funnier, to me at least, than all of them.

      I got piled on a little yesterday at, and this is part of a comment I wrote in response:

      You are advancing your own interests in no way by piling on me. To the contrary, your behavior is self-destructive, and it hurts me not at all. That’s something for nothing, and every trade you make where you give up your values and get nothing in exchange is a waste of your one, unique, irreplaceable life.

      That just seems silly to me.

      There is more in there, and I plan to take it up in a post. Here’s a really chilling thought, though: Yesterday was Patriot’s Day — Lexington/Concord, Waco, Oklahoma City, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising — so what did Libertarian and Conservative “thought leaders” do? They tossed spitballs at Obama.

      An employee who can be fired is one you’ll never miss. An employee who should be fired is one who makes your work harder, not easier. You do the math.

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  • Nathan Stocker


    And here’s a li’l thought of my own that this post also recalled to mind, however tangential it may be: Even when bozos, scoundrels, and murderers get no less than they deserve, best not to forget how much better it would’ve been for everyone if they’d deserved more, instead.

    • Ah, excellent. The link is great, too, and any friend of Richard Mitchell is a friend of mine.

      I’m very glad to see you, too. I am totally loving Man Alive! — the iBooks version, and I owe that to you.


      • Nathan Stocker

        My pleasure. As for reading it, I’ll probably get to it soon.

        Also—I’ve cobbled together ebook versions of Mitchell’s four main books from the web versions at If you want ’em, I can send them your way when next I’m home.

        • Nathan Stocker

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          • Back in my salad days, I wrote a quote-conversion algorithm that is almost impossible to fool. WordPress doesn’t use it. 😉

        • I would love to have The Gift of Fire on my phone. I didn’t cite Richard Mitchell by name — because the logical fallacy of Citationism implies endorsement, an invalid move — but his phrase, “the gift of mind,” is all through the book.

          I traded mail with Mitchell before he died, one of the signal honors of my life.

          Mark Alexander has made himself one of the great benefactors of the human mind by keeping Richard Mitchell’s works alive. If you do this, you might share the files back with him, too.

          John Kennedy used to talk a lot about Roderick Long, but I have never run into him before. Thanks for that, too. If you know him, you might send him this way.

          • Nathan Stocker

            Just to be sure: You did receive the ebooks I sent, yes?

            • I did, yes. Thank you. They’re on my list for today. To be clear, I have your permission to make them publicly available?

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  • Nathan Stocker

    > I have your permission to make them publicly available?

    The ebooks? Yes. (I also sent them to Mark Alexander; he said hasn’t the time for active proprietorship of his site but will hold onto the conversions.)

    If you mean any of the rest of the inundation of links/words, and specifically *my* words…well, I can’t imagine there being anything of worth to do with them, but yes, I did see your fair warning, heh. (Though I hadn’t when I first commented here, else I would’ve just went straight to email with the conversion of Man Alive!)

    • I just meant the eBooks. I would never betray a confidence, and a discussion of email associated with the sender’s name would qualify as a betrayal, I think.

      • Nathan Stocker

        That’s my praxis as well.

        OTOH, esp. out here on teh intarwebz, I don’t assume it’s anyone else’s, and there’s not much I’d regard as “betrayal” in absence of explicit understanding.