Jan 6, 2013

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Gerontion by T.S. Eliot

Gerontion by T.S. Eliot

Thou hast nor youth nor age
But as it were an after dinner sleep
Dreaming of both.

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May 7, 2012

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Social Isolation Effects

Social Isolation Effects

In keeping with my resolve to shift the content of this web site toward the task of providing a bit of practical utility in your everyday lives, I have decided to talk about one of the most powerful forces in our society, namely social isolation and its predictable consequences. And of course my use of the term “society” in the singular is, I admit, wildly inaccurate...

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Nov 10, 2011

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Republican Immigration Fantasies

Republican Immigration Fantasies

In my previous post concerning immigration, entitled “Immigration and Conflict,” I quoted the thinly veiled threat of Fernando Torres-Gil, assistant secretary for aging in the Department of Health and Human Services: “The nation will be heavily dependent on workers from minority groups 'for the productivity and labor skills and the political willingness to...

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Aug 29, 2011

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Swipe Yo' EBT

Swipe Yo' EBT

 

 

 

 

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Aug 10, 2011

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Princeton Tries to Explain a Drop in Jewish Enrollment; or "What is Communism?"

Princeton Tries to Explain a Drop in Jewish Enrollment; or "What is Communism?"

Folks, as you can tell from the title, this post is about the “inner party.” For an explanation of “inner party” see “What It Would Take to Cleanse Serbia” Specifically, it is about the durability of the inner party. Can it keep its power? Can it last? The drop off point for our discussion is the war in Kosovo and the central question that no...

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Jun 29, 2011

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Recognizing the Obvious

Recognizing the Obvious

I am always amazed when I hear people claim that Airport security has to...

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Jan 27, 2011

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Taxes and the Distribution of Political Power

Taxes and the Distribution of Political Power

Many who are concerned about our future feel that the political system is beyond repair and that thus any political activism is a waste of time. Perhaps, but the primary purpose of what we call “retail political activism” is not necessarily to transform local or state governments – although that would be nice – but rather to condition our own people to assert their...

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Jan 4, 2011

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The Power of Gold (video)

The Power of Gold (video)

In my discussions with other investors about the great inflation-deflation debate, I always point out the elephant in the room that seems to be invisible to everyone else. Namely, who exactly bought the thousands of tons of gold that the central banks sold off at ridiculously low prices in the 1990's and through 2003? And why is it that nobody ever talks about the identity of...

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Dec 19, 2010

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The Shape of the Future

The Shape of the Future

The “Secession is a Bad Idea” post certainly got the pot boiling over here at TOQ. But I would like all of you to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. We all react powerfully to the videos of helicopter gun ships blasting groups of supposed “terrorists” on the ground in central Asia. We react equally to videos of very expensive munitions fired from drones that...

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Nov 6, 2010

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TOQ v2.0

TOQ v2.0

Welcome faithful readers, subscribers, and fellow thought criminals to the revamped, redesigned, and tastefully refined online home of The Occidental Quarterly. We have implemented an array of improvements to the site’s overall design, data infrastructure, subscription processes, and security protocols. Our top priority with this redesign was to provide an easier, more...

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