Epigrams

Libertarianism is indifference masquerading as principle.

 

States’ rights always means the right of a local élite to exploit a local underclass.

 

France and America appreciate each other’s clowns.  The French love Jerry Lewis; Americans go for Derrida. 

 

Ever since Descartes subordinated being to thinking, the French have been trying to make the world disappear.  The problem is they think they have done it.

 

When truth is on trial for its very existence, irony is a witness for the defense.

 

Irony is the shadow of truth.  Where you detect irony, somewhere nearby truth is standing in the sunlight.

 

On the difference between Democrats and Republicans

When a Republican legislator says: “The million dollar contribution of Oilslick Industries to my campaign fund did not influence my sponsoring a bill to give them a billion dollars in tax breaks, contracts, and environmental waivers,” he’s telling the truth.  When a Democratic legislator says: “The million dollar contribution of Oilslick Industries to my campaign fund did not influence my sponsoring a bill to give them a billion dollars in tax breaks, contracts, and environmental waivers,” he’s lying.  Here’s the difference: Republicans grovel before money, power, and privilege on principle; Democrats prefer to be bribed to do the same.

 

One of the more memorable scenes from the Bertolucci’s movie, The Last Emperor, occurs after the military has entered the Forbidden City and deposed the emperor.  The huge central courtyard of the Forbidden City fills up with a thousand grey-clad figures, kneeling in supplication, moaning dolefully, and holding little black boxes.  These are the court eunuchs, begging their new masters to allow them to be buried with their detached testicles so that they can enter heaven as complete men.  This scene reminds me of the Democratic Party. 

 

Peace of mind is the ability to enjoy the moment before the rope snaps.