...the guy is just such a clown this week. He, who incessantly complains about how downtown Minneapolis is boring and overdeveloped, who fetishizes the past to an unmanly degree, whose greatest regret in life is that time kept moving forward after 1961, is full of rage today because a historical preservation group nixed the building of a 27-story condo tower along the river in the old mill district of the city. Sure, he's all for historical preservation, see, but these people are just blinkered pig-ignorant hippies who don't realize how desirable this giant ugly building would be. For, you see, it would create jobs! Maybe! And it would encourage low-income housing, as long as your definition of low-income means 'able to afford a condo'! And most importantly of all, it would not cost the city any money, unlike a plan that would provide housing and development but still keep some of the historical buildings in the area intact. So I guess we've reached the limit of Lileks' love of preserving the ways of the golden past: it stops at exactly the point where it would cost him one penny in taxes.
Also, he makes the inadvertantly hilarious confession that in high school, he wasn't a communist or an objectivist or an anarchist (like so many other impressionable teens), but a Rosicrucian
Over in the Screed, he tut-tuts at hysterical liberals, citing the made-up story of the college student who got a visit from Homeland Security after checking out Mao's Little Red Book as evidence that these ridiculous fears of lost civil liberties, authoritarian government, and a long dark night for the rule of law are just so much pixie dust. Meanwhile, in totally unrelated news, it's the four-year anniversary of Gitmo
, marking over 1400 days that hundreds of people have been imprisoned without trial, charge, legal representation, or hope of release. Happy birthday, Camp X-Ray!