Quote of the week

Severian, commenting at Morgan’s place:

If Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone somewhere may be having a good time, then liberalism is the haunting fear that all the cool kids back in high school might have been right.

Liberals drank deeply from the well of “self-esteem” back in grade school. They are convinced they’re exceedingly special. Problem is, the world doesn’t agree. Kim Kardashian has a million Twitter followers, and they have three, because being good-looking trumps a perfect score on the SAT verbals every time. Statism is one life-long act of revenge for this sad state of affairs — they can’t keep the quarterback from dating the head cheerleader, but they can make them both ride the subway to get to the prom.

Disclosure: My Twitter follower count and my score on the SAT verbal are surprisingly close — for now.

And Kim Kardashian, in fact, has over seventeen million followers, more than all but a handful of tweeters.


  1. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    15 February 2013 · 1:55 am

    That attempt to make me a statist did not work.

  2. fillyjonk »

    15 February 2013 · 7:36 am

    Eh, whatever. I decided back in 7th grade that the popularity deck was stacked against me. I’d rather have one really good friend who will “have my back” than a bunch of shallow “followers” who will desert at the first sign of trouble.

    Besides, I’m guessing that being a Kardashian is, in some ways, its own punishment.

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