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Hey there! Welcome.

You’ve click on that tab that says “About”. So presumably, you’re trying to figure out what the <bleep> is going on around here. And that means either you really like what you’re reading or you’re horrified by what you’ve seen.

In any event, this is Fermenting Politics. It is a blog dedicated to looking at our political world and trying to figure out what’s going right and what’s going left wrong.

(We kid. We kid because we care or something like that).

Isn’t beer the holy libation of sincerity? The potion that dispels all hypocrisy, any charade of fine manners? The drink that does nothing worse than incite its fans to urinate in all innocence, to gain weight in all frankness?

-Milan Kundera

Actually, the political view point of the blog is that of a Kissingerian Libertarian.

Hm?

What’s a Kissingerian Libertarian? I’m glad you asked.

Libertarianism is a modern version of the Classical Liberalism of Adam Smith, John Locke and the Founders of the United States.  The underlying belief of libertarianism is seeking maximization of personal freedom and right to choose. The more control we have over our lives means the less the government can control and intervene in it. As one wag has put it: “I want gay married couples to be able to protect their marijuana plants with their guns.”

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

– Oscar Wilde

So, I believe as a general rule, the less government, the better society will be. I am not an anarchist, so I acknowledge that some government is necessary. Just not the bloated Leviathan we currently have.

You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline – it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.

– Frank Zappa

Where I depart from certain strains of standard Libertarian Orthodoxy is at the border. I believe a Country has the right to defend its borders and determine who can and cannot cross those lines. This includes immigration. I think our current immigration laws and policies are an unholy mess, but that doesn’t mean I think we should have no immigration laws.

When it comes to Foreign Policy in general, I am a believer in Realpolitik. The primary obligation of the United States government is to protect us from foreign powers seeking to harm us or our way of life. That means we will sometimes have to consort with other governments that may not agree with us on basic human rights. If having to work with those powers is the only way to help ourselves so be.

Realpolitik also means choosing your battles carefully. The United States lacks the capacity, and indeed the mentality to rule the world. So, we should only intervene in the affairs of other nations only when our safety and well-being is directly impacted. The only exception to this rule would be those rare (and let me emphasize the word “rare”) times when the US gets involved in a dispute as a way of discouraging other great powers from trying to test our limits. The application of the Monroe Doctrine in the late 19th and early 20th Century comes to mind.

Since Henry Kissinger is greatest practitioner Realpolitik this country has seen and I believe in Realpolitik, describing my views as Kissingerian Libertarianism sums them up neatly.

Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.

– Dave Berry

I am in turn, fascinated and aggravated by politics and by the political process. So, the blog is here so I can vent and comment on what is going on in the world. So every week, usually Saturdays I will post a piece on some aspect. I will try to make it weekly, but sometimes life intervenes.

And if I ever get really crazy, I may branch out and make some observations on pop culture in the form of reviews of books, games and other media.

Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.

– Cliff Clavin (Cheers)

So again, welcome. Grab a drink and enjoy. I hope you find this blog to be informative.

You can also follow on Twitter: @WJHayesJr.

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