From the ancient Greek for equality in freedom of speech; an eclectic mix of thoughts, large and small
The Lion’s Gate
Sunday, May 11th, 2014
Steven Pressfield has embraced his (secular) Jewish heritage and written a new book about the Six Day War, The Lion’s Gate. He discusses the process with his agent, and this bit on MiG-killers and the death burst caught my attention:
Sam J.: A lot of the leftist and intellectual class don’t really understand what fire they’re playing with. They think that they’ll always be in some comfortable college town with coffee shops everywhere and nice non violent people curtsying around. If they ruin it for the vast amount of working class and middle class in this country they’re going to be hit too. The other day I saw a bunch of people at a Trump rally burning the American flag and my first thought was what were...
David Collins: SFC, Trump understands the working class man because…drum roll…he employs a lot of them and has for a long time. He also appears to understand the importance of loyalty.
Grasspunk: Australia has something similar, the Tall Poppy Syndrome, which is where the general population attacks anyone deemed too rich or successful without showing the necessary humility. Lots of Irish and Scots in that population too.
Space Nookie: Trump speaks extemporaneously to crowds of real people and so can determine instantaneously what the real, emotional reactions are and what the real applause lines are. A conventional politician, reliant on donor money, has to work through a much more formal system of polling, developing a message, having speeches approved by donors, etc. And also speaks to smaller, non-representative crowds of the party faithful, paid interns and actors, etc
Zimriel: Implicitly: the real America is the Great Plains, the real Mexico extends from the Valley of Mexico to Albuquerque, the real Canada is Winnipeg and Calgary, Nevada and upstate Quebec are empty, and there’s some entity called “the Great Lakes” that covers Minnesota-Nice through to southern Ontario. Seems about right to me.
SFC Ton: I am fairly puzzled out how Trump understands the working class White man’s problems. Appalachia is my home, most of my people are still there and it’s odd a wealthy man from NYC speaks to them. My military service, and that of my forefathers is what I regret the most. Well not when they were killing yankees, but everything since the War of Northern Aggression
Isegoria: I’m glad you liked it, Borepatch, and I enjoyed your thoughts on it, too: I grew up comfortably in this “Intellectual Class” but Dad remembered the hard days of the Depression and his Grandfather’s hardscrabble farm. The angriest I remember him getting at me was when I casually tossed out some sneering reference to the problems of the Working Man. He had no patience for that sort of thing, and so I had a correction to the Class Condescension problem at quite an early...
Ken: “The very best locations in the store are actually sold to publishers. This includes the so-called best-seller list, whose rankings are determined not by the popularity of a given book but by how much a publisher is willing to invest to promote it. (A similar policy of “bookstore baksheesh,” as one editor dubbed it, seems to exist at B&N.)” The term is “slotting fees,” and they’re common in grocery stores as well.
Grasspunk: This seems a corollary of Hanson’s law by, oh, the same guy. I learned about that here too. Really useful for understanding customer behavior.
Alrenous: >economically desperate >can afford heroin “Huh, I can’t get a job at the factory anymore. I guess I better do drugs instead!” I’m not saying these people weren’t screwed over, but they were enthusiastic partners in the being-screwed over business.