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Kurt Gödel's loophole enabling American fascism may have been the admission of new states coupled with the Presidential pardon power.

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This post's featured image is the magnificent “Napoleon on his Imperial throne” by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1806).

The zeitgeist is post-legal; that said, Kurt Gödel claimed he discovered a Weimar-style flaw in the American constitution that would legally enable a fascist dictatorship, which he never revealed to anyone. Now isn't that interesting?

Image is George Romney's portrait of Emma Hamilton as Cassandra.

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Sweden being spared lockdown might have to do with its constitution, and while it has good design features lockdown is also illegal in many other countries; the difference between their rulers and Sweden's is all the others don't care about laws.

Image is Albert Edelfelt's "Queen Bianca".

What would be my ideal country? A beautiful haven of freedom, an Athenian democracy, the leader of finance, art, culture, science, and tech.

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This post's featured image is "Stitching the Standard" by Edmund Blair Leighton (1912).

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One fact I learned from that post is that the birth date and even birth *year* of Paul M. Birdsall, a historian important enough to be the namesake of a prominent prize, is unknown. And it's not like he's some ancient figure from before the bureaucratic age; he died in 1970. 😮

Image is George Romney's portrait of Emma Hamilton as a Bacchante.

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As I have blogged about previously, post-liberalism is an echo of the authoritarianism of the status quo, a blind alley for seekers of a genuine alternative, liberatory or otherwise.

Read what's still my definitive blog post on the topic:

This post's featured image is Alexandre Cabanel's "Echo".

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Fundamentally "post-liberals" need to understand they've already won; liberalism rotted from within from the mid 19th century and was repudiated in 1914. Libertarians, the heirs of the liberals, need to understand that there is no free society to conserve; it must be built anew.

Image is George Romney's portrait of Emma Hamilton as St. Cecelia.

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"Post-liberals" and the mainstream alike believe we live in a liberal society, but the truth is we don't, and haven't for a long time.

From a perspective quite different from my own, Nulle Terre Sans Seigneur lays it out in a most enjoyable and fascinating blog post:

Image is George Romney's portrait of the lovely Emma Hamilton as Cassandra.

This is my digital painting "Girl looking at stars through trellis", a garden in silhouette walling a snug little relaxing place for girls to be girls, lit by the purple light of a nebula.

Gabriel Ferrier's "The Lecture" is a lovely vision of two little darlings who are beautiful, soft, feminine, decorated, and happy. The vibe and even many of the details are uncannily similar to the girl characters in my stories!

So, out of curiosity, dear followers, how are you liking these little threads of mine I've been posting with more abandon lately?

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Such a thread! And I haven't even gotten into the political system of my dream country (i.e. Athenian-style democracy) yet. I think I'll make a blog post about it sometime soon. It's a fascinating little topic.

Painting is "Woman Reading in Bed" by Gabriel Ferrier.

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Of course that "little" area on the map is the size of South Korea or Hungary, so my country is not so little anymore! Still, it's small enough to be dominated by one megacity, and it's such an idyllic bit of geography (ski resorts, Denali, even oil!) I just might take it.

Image is "Siste stråler" by Hans Dahl.

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Pleasant northern climate too, with white nights, access to the open ocean, and picturesque mountain ranges, with plenty of room for a megacity and a hinterland. So the whole Cook Inlet watershed (centered on Anchorage) in Alaska would be an ideal place for my dream country.

This map is a detail of a truly excellent watershed map of North America produced together by the US, Canadian, and Mexican governments.

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Old World beauty and class but with New World senses of possibility, low costs of living, and abundant infrastructure, with all the advantages of Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood put together. And it would all be nestled in a site of great natural beauty.

Image is Albert Bierstadt's "Shadow and Sunlight".

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If I had a little country, my very own Liechtenstein or Monaco, I'd want it to be a tax-haven cosmopolitan hub of trade, wealth, banking, permissionless innovation, scientific research, and culture, a free society where the best of everything can flourish for everyone.

Image is Leighton's "Stitching the Standard".

This is my painting "Bird flock and billowing sunset clouds", a reworked version of an earlier painting, just changing the background color, but it's such an improvement!

Edmund Blair Leighton's "In Time of Peril" is such a vivid and lush medieval vision, a mother (with gorgeous hair and hairstyle!) escaping from an unsaid danger, perhaps the beginning of a romantic swashbuckling adventure.

Because there's no such thing as too much beautiful music, too much lovely concert pianists, or too much Anna Federova, here's her great performance of Scriabin's Sonata-Fantasy.

Why is college the only signal? Why hasn't deskilling killed credentialism already? And why don't we hire with an exam-and-lottery process?

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This post's featured image is "Room overlooking the harbor" by James Tissot (c. 1876-78).

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