Vanilla might be the flavor of choice.

https://www.mdjonline.com/george-f-will-in-will-democrats-embrace-vanilla/article_61fa955b-1b5c-5e50-ba03-818709b46b3f.html

Google some and one can find a site for a column that all can read even if WAPO is behind a paywall.

George Will, not my favorite before or after the rise of the current regime, has some interesting thoughts about the 2020 Democratic field. Half of it is composed of quotes and references to past literature, (getting lazy in his senior years, perhaps) but entertaining nonetheless. And for the sensitive, very little Trump criticism. One small phrase that is almost evenhanded.

8 thoughts on “Vanilla might be the flavor of choice.

  1. Democrats seem to look to the future and try to see how things could be improved.

    Republicans appeal to those who look to the past and wonder how things could’ve been better, if only…

    Somewhere there is a blend that respects both. The land of hyper-partisanship is not it.

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    1. Libertarians have faith in Free people acting in their own ethical self interest continuously improving society through voluntary trade and spontaneous cooperation, and seek ways to keep Democrats and Republicans from mucking that up by putting their thumbs alternately on one side of the scale or the other.

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      1. @Tabor

        Yeah, but what is “ethical self interest?”

        If I am a doctor and someone comes to me for help but cannot pay it is not in my self interest to provide a service without being paid. If I am a grocer and someone comes to me for food but cannot pay it is not in my self interest to give it to them without being paid. etc. etc. etc.

        Modern society is far more complex than the yeoman farmer world in your head. “Voluntary trade” is not possible for people without resources. “Spontaneous cooperation” may or may not happen when and where it is needed to address a pressing need.

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        1. First, I suggest you read “I Pencil” by Leonard Read. https://fee.org/resources/i-pencil/

          to understand spontaneous cooperation in a free market, which is dependent only on the self interest of people who don’t know or like each other.

          If a doctor decides to give free care to the indigent to the extent he can afford to do so, it serves his self interest by building his reputation as being compassionate, but no one is served if he does so to the extent he is seen as a patsy.

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          1. Your answer to the obvious problems found in reality is akin to magic. Problems simply solve themselves. That is what happens when you build a completely a priori system without reference to actual economics and society as it actually exists. Of course there are lots of areas where the parable of the pencil is a fair representation of what can happen but many others where it is not.

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      2. RE: “Libertarians have faith in Free people acting in their own ethical self interest continuously improving society through voluntary trade and spontaneous cooperation…”

        The ideal you describe isn’t ideal at all. It is the actual, evolved condition of humanity.

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  2. Not all vanilla is the same. There is no equivalence between Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla and store brand gallons.

    If the Democrats start offering Blue Bell instead of generic Woodrow Wilson store brand maybe they will be worth considering.

    But as long as all they can offer is an absence of flavor, I guess we will have to settle for Rocky Road.

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