I don't go in much for Eastern philosophy, but even I have to admit that the concept of natural dualities can be applied to my favorite subject -- dictatorship! For every dictator that rises, another one falls, and for every autocrat who makes a mistake another capitalizes on it and assumes power (note to would-be tyrants: don't try that with me or you'll regret it).
The case of Mohamed Morsi illustrates this perfectly.
Continue reading "Yin and Yang"
I, Rich Tater, am in a bad mood these days, and that's bad news for the rest of you. Would you like to know what puts me in bad mood most of all? Other than outright stupidity (a close second), the number one thing is a lack of boldness among fellow autocrats.
I mean, I've put out my dictatorial pearls of wisdom in published form; I've blogged about the positive uses of executions, illegal wiretaps, and sexual blackmail ... and after all that, you humanoids out there still can't figure it out? If I wasn't so frustrated with you, so focused on my own desires, my own locus of power, I'd get in my private jet and show you how to be a real dictator on your own turf.
But look: Mr. Yanukovkch, when you try to use the 'concessions' tactic to quell protests that threaten your reign, use it correctly, for God's (or Rich Tater's) sake! Don't promise piddling, ineffectual 'reforms' like a cabinet reshuffle or a weakening of anti-protest laws. Don't you know that just fuels the rage of the pro-democracy rif-raff? No, reread Chapter 8 of my book and you'll understand what I'm talking about (I can only hope you do, I mean). When you offer 'concessions', offer the moon -- an opposition role in the government, term limits, free elections, free love, whatever! Not that you'd ever intend to actually do any of those things, but at least playing such a forceful hand will get the attention of the rabble-rousers and entice them to calm down. THAT'S when you let your security forces pounce.
I can't believe I have to explain this all over again. Pay attention, dammit. If I wasn't halfway to West Palm Beach for some much needed R&R with my mistress, I'd make you pay attention, personally. Rich Tater has spoken.
Continuing on - and finishing - yesterday's discussion, here are some of the best bits of commentary from the Europe, Africa, General, and Chitchat sections. In sum, 2013 was a great year for all you Dickheads on the forum! Keep it going, folks. Lord knows you can't discuss this stuff on Facebook./a
Continue reading "Greatest hits from the forum, 2013 (part 2 of 2)"
Time to take a look at some of the greatest hits from the ongoing discussion at the forum. Like what you see? Jump in - you're welcome to participate.
Continue reading "Greatest hits from the forum, 2013 (part 1 of 2)"
It's been ages since we made an effort to report on the increasingly-happening discussion at the forum. And now that our discussions (newsgroups) are being replicated across the internet, reaching more and more users and readers, they are starting to take on a life of their own. So it's time to take a 30-mile high view of what's being discussed, and draw attention to some recent gems. Like what you see? Jump in - you're welcome to participate.
Almost as fun as the commentary by our nutso followers are some of the titles of news articles as reported by our dedicated News Feeder, clearly a bitter and wretched old man:
Continue reading "2013 in review: headlines"
The new year is a time of reflection, when one looks back and assesses achievements and failures before starting on new and hopefully fruitful projects.
Well, that may be true for other people; me, I just lie back on my bed of money and wait for the next sugar-bowl full of cocaine to be delivered.
When I think about it though, I must admit that some items in 2013 piqued my interest, particularly the rise of Kim Jong Un and the way he consolidated power and ruthlessly eliminated his enemies. Even more impressive: the way the recent story that he fed his uncle to the dogs played in the West.
Continue reading "Propaganda and the West"