In response to:

Operation Hubris

Alex_P Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 1:13 PM
I am probably wasting my time, but in the slight chance that Surtr wants to know something... Read Jerry Pournelle's doctoral thesis from 1963 (or just look at the chart at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pournelle_chart). Left-vs-right division is too simplistic, that's why seeming paradoxes of coinciding priorities of communists and fascists.

One of the great things about American politics is its capacity for punishing hubris.

For the ancient Greeks, hubris didn't merely describe god-like arrogance. It was a crime, usually defined as taking too much pleasure in the humiliation of your foes. In its modern usage it usually means the pride that comes before the fall.

In the wake of Barack Obama's State of the Union address, both connotations seem at least a little apt. We are well into our fourth month of epidemic thumb-suckery over the question, "Are the Republicans doomed?" The latest New York Times Magazine asks, "Can the Republicans...