Progressivism and a Neo-Victorina Era


Michael Barone has an interesting piece called Is America Entering a New Victorian Era? over at Real Clear Politics.

Today, several widely unanticipated trends — certainly unanticipated by me — suggest that America is in some significant respects entering a new Victorian Era. Some may regard that as regrettable, others as welcome, still others as a mixture of good news and bad news. But it’s certainly news, especially to the aging baby boomers who expected the Age of Aquarius to continue indefinitely.

Read the whole thing. His piece got me thinking about the connection between the Victorian Era and what became American Progressivism around the turn of the twentieth century. A significant aspect of the goals of many early Progressives was control over the lives of others. Prohibition comes to mind.

A hundred years ago, the big bugaboo was booze. Now, it may be campus sex. Of course, drinking to excess and promiscuous sex are dangerous activities. Religion,  common sense, and our moral betters all warn against them. Where our moral betters fail us and themselves is by failing to realize that they are morally powerless to control anyone’s behavior but their own. Failing that, they try to use coercive power. For Progressives, that’s the power of the state.

Prohibition. The War on Drugs. Yes Means Yes. Perhaps a cycle is repeating.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


Josh Bloom reports over at Science 2.0 that the environmental freaks have decided to take on Big Crayon.

Our dear friends, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), perhaps the most scientifically flawed organization out there (and this is no small accomplishment) have decided to take on the (all of a sudden) life and death issue of children drawing with crayons.

Apparently, minuscule traces of asbestos were found in 4 out of 28 boxes of crayons tested.

Crayola152packI’m left wondering if the people who put out this kind of claptrap were the sort who had trouble keeping the colors inside the lines when they were kids.

UPDATE—Get your set before they’re banned! Click here to order from Amazon.

Obama Burns 9,000 Gallons of Jet Fuel to Celebrate Earth Day


No. Really.

Read about it here.

I agree with Instapundit that we should believe in the global warming climate change crisis when the folks telling us about it act as if they really believe it themselves.

UPDATE—Burning that much jet fuel produces a bit more than 6 tons of carbon emissions.