Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Check Out Dave Stockman's Site

Dave Stockman has a website up and running now called "Stockman's Contra Corner". I highly recommend it. The authors might be familiar if you read economic blogs. It is anti-crony capitalism. It is anti-warfare state. It is similar to Zero Hedge (Stockman pieces still show up on ZH) but without the bombast. Stockman is an old insider, making his way up the GOP as well as the private equity and financial world. Some of the items they discuss are things you see float around our sphere. This last week, the Chinese anti-corruption post and who paid for Ukraine's overthrow post were gems. The annoying James Howard Kunstler is a contributor, but the other writers more than make up for Kunstler's jackassery (he's right about modern architecture though). A nice theme to the writers' work is that many of the sectors of the economy that have experienced hypertrophy in the last 30 years went from being regular pieces of the economy to becoming jobs engines to keep employment up (health care, education, FIRE). These guys do a nice job of seeking international news and digging a bit deeper to reveal the cesspool that is our current system.

Might as well check it out since Chuck stopped running his blog, Gucci Little Piggy. Two different sites, but just substitute for your mindspace and time for the day even if Chuck had not been updating daily for quite some time. Chuck moves onto bigger and better things. I'd like to thank Chuck for a spot on the old blogroll he had for a while, but more importantly, the entertaining posts. Chuck could craft a well written post. What makes you check a website out? Reading something different yet insightful. It still has to be entertaining because dry as hell gets old no matter how smart it reads. "Flash Robs" or blacks behaving badly was a Chuck staple months if not years before the mass media had to carefully twist it but admit it. During the whole Trayvon-Zimmerman ordeal, was there anyone writing about it like Chuck? Nope. It was fun to see Chuck fact check hate hoaxes and the "Hey Chuck, you see this one" notes in his comments section on a new prog-victim 24 hour news bombardment. The comments section was also entertaining. Part of why people talk about identities, tribalism and even thede stuff is that you can easily consider a point of view or experience similar, empathize and/or sympathize if you have something in common with the author. A personal joy of reading Chuck's writing was that the Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes, "What the fuck is going on and why is this allowed to happen? It's GD lunacy!" I feel at times was in his posting but in a polite manner. Young guy looking at the idiocy of the modern world. I look forward to reading the Zimmerman book when it comes out (if it's still just on the case), and hopefully, we see him on even bigger media outlets. Thanks and good luck Chuck.

11 comments:

peterike said...

Stockman's site is very good. He's really a genuine anti-establishment voice, for a guy that used to be an insider especially. And his knowledge is very wide. Have to do more poking around there.

Just noticed the GLPiggy blog finally went dark, so no more going back. Oh well. It was a fun community there. Hopefully some of those guys show up here.

Anonymous said...

I will miss Chuck's writings at GLP. There's good content here at 28 Sherman. Hopefully Chuck's regular readers will find their way here. His recommendation at GLP brought me here.

Scott's Bluff said...

Chuck had a great post years ago about beaners (his word) displaying the absolute cheesiest examples of PDA. Hah, I can see why he closed it up.

That is always sad to see though, and slightly irritating. A top quality blog shut down. For instance In Mala Fide. Supposedly a progenitor of many concepts you find out in this particular sphere of thinking, now completely rinsed ($10 for a kindle best of, fuck that).

Does the commenter “PA” write anywhere else? He’s a guy who could pause one’s thinking cold.

Is there an archive of Chuck’s blog? I’d definitely reread some of his writing if it was available.

Toddy Cat said...

Stockman is good on economics, bad on other stuff. His view of the Cold War is pure left-wing blame America First revisionism, for example. But when it comes to the Fed and monetary policy (which is, after all, his area of expertise) he's dead-on.

Anonymous said...

I checked out Stockman's post about "Jobs Friday". He definitely has a quality site.

Sometimes I read a blog post that is full of solid info and nuance, and find myself wishing for a sort of executive summary. Stockman delivered exactly that in the post I read. He summed up his thoughts on the economic recovery in two sentences.

"Indeed, by any reasonable standard, an economy which has gained 10 million new working age citizens during the past 7 years, but has generated not a single net new NFP job is failing badly. The Friday report, like the dozens before it, should have been a cause for alarm, not celebration."

I really hope to see the comments section at 28 Sherman gain popularity. The quality posts are there, and a good group of commenters would really complete the package.

peterike said...

[Stockman's] view of the Cold War is pure left-wing blame America First revisionism, for example.

Well, in my younger days I would probably have agreed with that. However, now I'd say Stockman's view is more a paleo-conservative, non-interventionist one.

I'm certainly not versed in all his writing, but I know he condemned the U.S. entry into WWI -- quite rightly -- and the cascade of bad events that it created. Similarly, I do think now that the Soviet threat was over-stated. Not that we shouldn't have built and maintained a sizable nuclear force, but did we really need our boys to go fight in meaningless dumps like Korea and Vietnam, all for some overblown domino theory?

I don't think it's at all self-evident that we needed to be in those struggles. And of course while the public "Left wing" position is nominally anti-war, usually the real Leftists (not the useful idiots) are the ones behind the scenes pimping for it because war always greatly extends government power.

PS - Thanks for getting rid of the comment pop-up window! This is much better.

Lucius Somesuch said...

Stockman has been--I don't know if he still is-- a semi-fixture on some of the daytime call-in NPR programs (are those still on though?), so I suppose--during the W. years-- the Progs were open to some of what he was saying.

But that was a while ago. I'll be interested to dive into what he's saying anew.

I h/t peterike for namedropping this blog in the twilight hours of GLP. Hope PA shows up in familiar waters too.

Ted Plank said...

Another hat tip to peterike, one of those commenters you know will have the goods, for dropping this blog on GLP. I like everything I've seen so far, and will check here daily.

Toddy Cat said...


"I do think now that the Soviet threat was over-stated."

Just looking at it objectively, I'd say that we probably somewhat overestimated the threat of a Soviet military takeover, and underestimated the threat that domestic Communism posed. In other words, McCarthy was pretty much right.
"now I'd say Stockman's view is more a paleo-conservative, non-interventionist one."

There's less room than there used to be between those two positions, which I find distressing. I'm generally a non-interventionist these days, but there's a huge difference between saying that we should try to mind our own business whenever we can, and saying that the Cold War was America's fault, which Stockman does.

"but did we really need our boys to go fight in meaningless dumps like Korea and Vietnam"

I'd say that Korea was probably necessary, and Vietman probably wasn't, but if we'd lost in Korea and won in Vietnam, I'd probably be saying the opposite. Hindsite is, as always, 20/20...

peterike said...

I'd say that we probably somewhat overestimated the threat of a Soviet military takeover, and underestimated the threat that domestic Communism posed.

Totally agree. Domestic "communism" -- the ideology writ-large -- remains a threat, since basically the entire Democratic party is wedded to it, as is much of the Republican, if a tad less fervently. James Burnham back in the day (or was it Whitaker Chambers?) lamented that he knew he was on the losing side in the battle of Communism vs. the West. And while the USSR is gone (sorta, kinda), the Communists roll from victory to victory in the culture wars, and at an ever escalating pace.

saying that the Cold War was America's fault, which Stockman does.

Does he? I'll take your word for it. I've always thought that America and Russia (and all of Europe really) were natural allies based on race and Christianity. The white races should effectively rule the planet from top to bottom. And they almost did, until they got too busy killing each other thanks to internal viruses and sick psychology.

It's amazing when you think about it that Russia would align with China rather than with the West. But the West is neither very white nor very Christian anymore.

peterike said...

Ted Plank said: I like everything I've seen so far, and will check here daily.

You like it now, wait until they get around to some porn blogs!

Seriously, there are some very good observations made here around porn and porn culture.)