Archive for November, 2007

Women in China (November 26, 2007)

Posted in China, Society on November 26, 2007 by

To control its population explosion, China imposed a limit of one child per family.    Many families opted to have a son rather than a daughter.  Some estimate that there are four women for every five men in China today and similar disparities in India, Vietnam and Nepal.  The typical ratio in other countries of 105 males to 100 females has been distorted.  In a few reported cases in America, by contrast, the acquisition of more kids, boys or girls, as durable goods provides another symbol/symptom of status.  [See the e-ssay dated Aug. 6 entitled “Kids As Consumer Durables”].

What seemed rational for some individual parents was not rational or desirable for society.  The government promoted what Nature provides in abundance—a scarcity of resources.  There are more males who are and will be unable to marry in these countries that value the family and family values.  There are many very real negative consequences including possible violence against women and social and economic tensions.  However, women are more marketable which could have unexpected consequences.  Although in a minority, women may have leverage.  Women may be able to compel the boys to clean up their acts.  The environmental pollution in China is now estimated to cover an area the size of … well … China.  Women may even compel the country to clean up its act.

Bumper sticker of the week:

A Century of Women on Top

Imposing The Draft . . . At State (November 19, 2007)

Posted in Draft, Foreign Policy on November 19, 2007 by

Imposing the Front Door Draft will ignite the State U’s (Universities) from inaction into action.  Imposing the Draft at the State Department is igniting a backlash.  During the prior Iraq-like misadventure (Vietnam), a posting to Ho Chi Minh City (then Saigon) was a plum assignment for a young and ambitious FSO (Foreign Service Officer) (e.g. A. Lake or R. Holbrooke).  Now, the State Department may need to conscript FSOs to outfit the Baghdad Alamo Embassy.  Those who are in a position to know what is happening know what is happening.

Bumper sticker of the week:

Hell, no, we won’t go

Vet’s Day; Slavery And Due Process (November 12, 2007)

Posted in Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Due Process, Law, Military, Philosophy, Society on November 12, 2007 by

Men naturally seek to enslave other men.  Men do not naturally seek to provide other men with “due process.”  Due process requires 1) notice of a proceeding impacting a person’s life, liberty or property, and 2) an opportunity to be heard in good faith by a neutral decision maker applying known and settled rules.  “Due process” also suggests the “rule or law” or even “fundamental fairness.”  However, it is easier for a hippopotamus to ride a unicycle than it is for a man to give another man something as unnatural as the process he is due.

Governments are instituted among men (and women), among other reasons, to disincline them from doing what is natural (enslave others) and to incline them to do what is unnatural (respect due process).  The growing pains of the Republic were painful; the Founders did more to promote slavery than to enshrine due process.  Yet they made a path-breaking start in the promising direction. Democracy is not easy.  Democracy emerges slowly.  The country grew.

Protecting against our worst impulses and advancing our noble ones requires a sword and a plow share.  These efforts are undertaken under different names, banners and gonfalons.  One of them reads “Duty, Honor and Country” and another “Semper Fi,” among others.  Many Americans have died protecting what many do not understand and too many take for granted.

Bumper stickers of the week:

All gave some, some gave all

Not to promote war, but to preserve peace

The Times They Are A-Changed (November 5, 2007)

Posted in Society on November 5, 2007 by

“I don’t want to be Bob Dylan,” the line by the Counting Crows does not go.  Robert Zimmerman d/b/a Bob Dylan is now hawking Cadillacs.  Not just any Cadillac, but the Escalade that gets something like two gallons per mile.  There is a time and a place for a large vehicle, yet they are primarily used today as domestic tanks patrolling the ‘burbs.  If Bob were hawking a “new and improved” red (not pink) 1959 Caddy convertible with airbags and 45 highway/40 city, let it be.  A little voice inside my head said don’t look back, you can never look back.

Bumper stickers of the week (on a Cadillac):


He not busy being born is busy dying.