Reactionary Mindz


“If he can run his household, he can run the country. Amen!”

Haley Harris, Rick Santorum supporter and chanteuse, profiled in today’s New York Times (h/t Elias Isquith)

“In order to keep the state out of the hands of the people, it is necessary to keep the family out of the hands of women and children.”

Louis de Bonald, French counterrevolutionary quoted in The Reactionary Mind


  1. Samir Chopra March 24, 2012 at 10:12 am | #

    I finally saw Triumph of the Will last night. Man, they knew how to make movies in those days. Will these videos really match up?

  2. Bart March 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm | #

    “If he can run his household, he can run the country. Amen!”

    The old Republican mantra was that a candidate should have “met a paycheck” experience by running a successful business.

    Now they seem to be lowering bar to having run a successful household.

  3. Alice Raizel March 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm | #

    Well, for everyone who ever wondered what American fascism might look like, we now know.

    I’ve been reading this blog for a few months. It’s fascinating, very observant, and deeply terrifying.

  4. Emyth March 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm | #

    Oikos… Greek word for “household”… It’s the root word for “economy” “economical” as well as “ecology” and “ecological”… No?

    Perhaps he can “run a household”, perhaps not… What do his wife, children…neighbors have to say? Perhaps it is a valid argument… Or, perhaps not… Principles of running a single household may not scale to a town, state, republic/nation, or world…eh?

    • GiT March 25, 2012 at 12:07 am | #

      Well, the first book of Aristotle’s Politics is all about why political rule is not the same as household management.

  5. Mike March 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm | #

    LOL, those gals aren’t conservatives, they’re groupies.

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