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Entrepreneurship good and not so good

On the plane ride to Canada we watched The Founder which is about Ray Kroc turning the conception behind this minor fast food outlet that opened in Los Angeles in the 1950s into the international McDonald’s phenomenon it became and still is. I had read a few reviews of the film but had never run across it in Australia so was very happy to finally see it for myself. An extraordinary film on entrepreneurship, which shows the extent to which it is the commercialisation of a product that matters most, not innovation or invention. Highly recommended.

But I do have to say that whoever had the idea for the “McWrap” here in Canada might have come up with the worst name for a product in marketing history. Not a joke: it really does exist.

Ossoff and don’t come back again

The Democrats are zero for five in the special elections that have been held to replace Trump appointments and this was the most devastating of them all. Like this story particularly: AWESOME! GOP Crowd Starts Chanting, “TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP!!” at Karen Handel Victory Party!.

The Congressional race between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff took place on Tuesday.

The race in Georgia’s 6th district is the most expensive House race in US history.

More than $50 million was spent on the race to replace Rep. Tom Price in the US House.

With the ratio around 9:1 on Democrat spending v Republican. That they could not turn any of the five special elections into an anti-Trump meme has left their political cupboard bare, as it ought to be. For a more detailed outline, here is Roger Simon: Hollywood YUUUGE Loser in Georgia Sixth.

Is this doing battle or shooting oneself in the foot?

This is from Andrew Klavan: The Attack on ‘Julius Caesar’ Was Wrong in Every Way. The question is, was it wrong in every way or not wrong in any way at all? Here’s his article.

There was a lot of Twitter hysteria over the weekend around a two-person assault on Shakespeare in the Park’s offensive version of Julius Caesar. In a conformist and shallow piece of political whinery, the playmakers opted to dress Caesar up as Donald Trump (which I guess made him Orange Julius). Audiences could thus watch the president of the United States brutally assassinated each night for their edification and delight. No matter what the point was supposed to be, it was a disgusting and despicable thing to do. Shame on them.

At the Friday performance, Rebel Media journo Laura Loomer charged the stage, screaming, “This is violence against the right.” Alt-right activist Jack Posobiec stood up in the audience and shouted, “You are all Nazis.” Loomer was arrested and must appear in court to face charges.

A segment of the right vociferously supported the attack online. #FreeLaura was the top trend on Twitter for part of Saturday. There was the usual taste-of-their-own-medicine braggadocio about how we on the right had to use the tactics of the left to beat the left and anyone who disagreed was a coward and we weren’t going to knuckle under to any of this Alinskyite stuff where the right has to live up to its values while the left can do whatever it wants, etc. This was civil disobedience! This was Jesus among the money changers! This was what winning looks like!

If we become the anti-speech people, what are we protecting? What are we fighting for? What are we trying to win?

This is not a question of cowardice or of being too fine to play smash mouth politics. Five-foot-nine Ben Shapiro has repeatedly faced down Social Justice Snowflakes and Black Lives Matter thugs to speak the conservative truth on campus in no uncertain terms. But he doesn’t stop others from making their speeches and delivering their points of view. Because then he could no longer represent his own values. He’d be them, not us.

This is not a question of two-wrongs-don’t-make-a-right either. Sometimes, awful as it is, the other side plays so dirty you have to play dirty back. If a peaceful conservative demonstration is attacked by Anti-fa fascists while the police stand by and do nothing, protecting such gatherings with right-wing vigilantes may become a terrible necessity. But if right-wing vigilantes respond by attacking a peaceful left-wing gathering, the battle is lost. Because then, you’ve destroyed the very principle you were trying to protect.

I voted for Donald Trump in large part because I thought Hillary Clinton would destroy the First and Second Amendments. I knew there were moral hazards to a Trump presidency, but I thought the risk was more than worth it to stave off leftist oppression. So far, I’ve been well pleased with my decision. Wild as Trump can be, he has stood up for our rights and reinvigorated the freedoms eroded under Obama. The continued grumbling of Never Trumpers has seemed to me poorly reasoned, unhelpful and ill-advised. I’m glad Trump won.

But there is no point in winning if you forget what it is you’re fighting for. A conservatism that can’t tell the difference between doing battle and shooting itself in the foot is a conservatism that will not win anything except perhaps the power to become the very tyrants they opposed.

“He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that”

I wrote a post back in May about my need for urgent advice.

I am heading off to California and while I am at Stanford for a couple of days I expect I will see the person who I have known longer than anyone else in the whole of my life. But he is now from California and has all the political blindness that comes not just from being on the left coast, but from being right in the heart of Silicon Valley. He knows my political views, but is too obtuse to leave off. And although we are an ocean apart, he never lets up from sending me political junk mail, with the latest torrents about Donald Trump and the disaster he supposedly is. . . .

Other than major trancs and a crash course in Zen, is there any advice on what I should do to get through these days?

OK, here I am Palo Alto and so let me tell you how all of this has worked out. And let me thank all those who contributed to this earlier thread, but this is the conclusion I came to. I won’t say it has worked in failing to cause immense irritation in others. But it did turn out to make the conflict extremely short and not necessarily a death spiral for a long-time friendship. This is the advice.

ASK THE OTHER PERSON WHAT THEY HAVE READ THAT SUPPORTS THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE THEIR OWN BELIEFS

That is, ask them what they have read or watched or in any way undertaken to understand the points you are trying to make by looking at things that you would agree with, not some gloss of our views put together by some person of the left. It turns out no one can ever think of a thing. Not one person has been able to come up with anything at all. They not only do not read such things, they don’t even notice. And the effect on them is extraordinary and strangely devastating.

My first experience using this technique is I think quite instructive. Someone I know mentioned the violence at my book launch, not that she knew what the book was about. From that we got onto climate change, which got her into a rant on how important doing something is. So I said, what had she read that argued that climate change was not a problem. It stopped her dead, she got truly angry and stormed off saying, well that’s all right for you because you will be dead while she will have to deal with all of the bad consequences of our carbon filled atmosphere! Not nice, but I found it very satisfying.

The quote, by the way, is from John Stuart Mill.

Following the fake news

In Los Angeles, and have come across this: A partial list of threats against GOP and Trump from Hollywood celebrities. But the four papers today that were free at hotel reception must be all anyone sees and all discuss the shootings in Washington entirely either from a get-rid-of-guns perspective or look-what-you-Republicans-have-brought-upon-yourself. A nutcase anti-Trump far-left Bernie Sanders supporter does not get featured as a representative figure in The LA Times, USA Today, The NYT or The Wall Street Journal. And there is no reason to say “even” the WSJ.

WSJ mentions Republicans were gunned down on page one but “balances” on page 4 with a history of three Democrats who had been shot, the first in 1954 and the second in 1978, in Africa! The editorial is third of three and deals solely with the bravery of the capital hill police.

You cannot debate these people since there is nothing in dispute. Add in the networks and no one ever has to hear an opinion outside whatever it is that helps the Democrats at any particular moment in time. Inciting deadly violence against members of congress will be a three-day wonder. Russia’s hacking the election remains the top story.

Member of the American Congress shot

The main headings at Drudge:

MEMBER OF CONGRESS SHOT
SCALISE IN STABLE
‘WE WERE SITTING DUCKS’ TRAIL OF BLOOD
GUNMAN: ‘KILL AS MANY REPUBLICANS AS POSSIBLE’

And these are the minor ones:

Gunman opens fire at congressional baseball practice…
High-Powered Rifle; More than 50 shots fired…
‘Are Those Republicans or Democrats Out There?’
Kept unloading and reloading…
VIDEO…
SHOOTER NAMED…
“It’s time to Destroy Trump and Co.”
Capitol Police prevented massacre…
Security tightened at White House…
HILL ON EDGE…
Left-Wing TWITTER Celebrates…

And from that final story:

No sooner did news break that a gunman shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) were left-wing Twitter users celebrating the attack — in which two Capitol Police were also shot, as well as a congressional staffer, and possibly more.

The noblest American of them all

The American left is actually insane. Their hatreds are only matched by their ignorance and lack of civic culture. They are the totalitarian enemy they accuse others of being. The notres to the video:

The audience reaction has been mixed for New York City’s latest ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ production, which shows a character that resembles President Trump being brutally stabbed to death. William Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar,’ which opened May 23 and will be performed throughout this month in Central Park, is causing a stir among audiences due to its apparent inspiration from the Trump administration. The play’s climax comes with Caesar’s stabbing death at the hands of his best friend, Brutus.

The only true-to-life part is that Caesar was assassinated by those he considered his friends. Et tu, Ryan. I might mention that I do not blog on this Comey business though it may yet lead anywhere, because you really have to be a lefist dolt to accept there is anything worth pursuing. Trump may yet be taken down, but he has turned out tp be more resilient than any pf his enemies, which include many, many Republicans, could have imagined.