On the banality of evil

“I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of “Admin.” The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labor camps. In those, we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.”

[From the Preface]”

― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters


Winston Churchill visited the US during Prohibition. He had his doctor write a note for him.


Identify the Tank

…and explain why it was built.


Typical democrat




The Bottom Line





Big Lake


I’m thinking about taking a trip there this coming summer just because. I might meet up with a friend from Calgary and do it that way. Or not. We’ve been chatting about it but the Canadians are insane when it comes to the plague.

I don’t know whether USA passport holders can register a shotgun and keep it in the rig. That was the case a few years ago.


    • There were a bunch of these sort of things designed, like our T28 / T95.
      In the event we just used airpower and artillery instead.

      • Artillery dropped from aircraft in the form of bombs was more accurate, had longer range, and simply extended the reach, as you suggest.

        • Not really, during WWII. Shell trajectory was well understood.

          What aerial bombardment had going for it was the ability to launch way out of range and get in and get out. Accuracy for the most part sucked in comparison to large tube artillery.

          And most fortresses were designed with excellent top-cover, to protect from aerial bombs and high-trajectory artillery. High velocity rounds fired from close up at a relatively flat angle was the killer of fortifications (or going totally supersized with the artillery round.)

          In the Pacific, after Tarawa Bloody Tarawa, the US Navy learned to get the ships in close to the shore and blast flat away. Seen Jap fortifications with 14″ AP holes in them.

          • It’s arguable. The fighter-bombers (Typhoons and P-47s) did an admirable job taking out tanks, locomotives, and anything that moved from above. I don’t disagree with your evaluation of artillery, though.

        • Another Cooper quote, as best I can remember–“Blasting Jap pill boxes at point blank range with 5-inch 38’s beats plinking tin cans with a .22 all hollow”. Cooper was a gunnery officer aboard the USS Pennsylvania during WWII.

          • Sure, the air and arty were not necessarily able to outright destroy the bunkers. However, they were able to suppress the heck out of them, so that some guy with a bazooka, or a flamethrower, or a satchel charge could get close enough to chuck something through an opening.

            They were a lot better at keeping up with the advance than superheavy tanks / assault guns / what-have-you too, which was the real key.

            Not that I don’t wish we had made more of those things, just for the super cool factor. They make fantastic museum pieces and monuments.


  1. The Clintons first floated the idea of ”imputed income” back in their reign. The idea was if you owned your home and theoretically could rent it out for X-number dollars, that potential – but not actually realized – “income” should be taxed. I’m just surprised it has taken so long to resurface.

    • The other one was – if you buy ingredients and cook your own food to save money, then the money saved by not eating out at restaurants should be taxed.

      • Frank – I heard that idea floated in the hallowed halls of Congress but didn’t see it implemented anywhere.

        Rupert – Taxing imputed income means that you lose your home to the State. I know that they really want to do that. Every empty room is one that could be rented out, so it’s taxed as if it was. Your home becomes “commercial property”. California has changed zoning so that homes are all multi-family. I suspect that’s where they’re heading.

  2. The Churchill letter shows that some doctors will do anything regardless their oath. Covid has brought this to light in spades as they shout “Be very afraid!”, then adding insult to injury, deny patients cheap therapeutics and treatments because they get cash from the machine telling them what to do and say. More bums.

    We have always wanted to take a driving trip to Canmore (Last of the Dogmen was filmed there), but with the insanity of getting our passports re-upped, and Canada’s crazy approach to a virus, any trip to America’s attic is on hold until (if) things normalize (fat chance). In the meantime the Wyoming high country will have to do…which and it does.

      • 2/3’s a life back, before moving out West, I spent a month wandering the Wind River backcountry on a NOLS trip, stunning country and no one else around. Would like to retrace some of that trip before the legs give out.

        • Yeah, not on a Friday night when the gas and oil boys get paid and head to town, might be a bit rough…Rawlins has that rep.

  3. My favorite Cooper quote–

    “Individually, we do not bear arms because we are afraid. We bear arms
    as a declaration of capacity. An armed man can cope – either in the city
    or in the wilderness – and because he is armed, he is not afraid.

    The hoplophobe fears and, yes, hates us, because we are not afraid. We
    are overwhelmingly “other” than he, and in a way that emphasizes his

  4. On the People vs. Cattle map the black area on the GA/FL state line is the bomb range used by the USAF in the Okefenokee Swamp. I am fairly sure there are no cattle there. You can’t get there except by air.

  5. Interesting CS Lewis statement, profound. His close associate, Tolkien, wrote “All those who wander are not lost.”…which I had always thought was attributed to John Muir because of one of my favorites of his, “In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world…”

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