Weekend 234.1 (the Hive Mind)

(1) The Joys of Urban Tech: Goodbye, office parks. Drawn by amenities and talent, tech firms are opting for cities (WSJ)

(2) Orwell’s Guide to Making Jam: George Orwell’s show a man famous for his political journalism more concerned with raising chickens. (WSJ)

Orwell is still (maybe more) relevant today…

The familiar tirades against “escapism,” and “individualism,” “romanticism,” and so forth, are merely a forensic device, the aim of which is to make the perversions of history seem respectable.

The Prevention of Literature by George Orwell

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(3) Obama Says GOP is So ‘Last Century’

(4) The New York Times and the Hive Mind

The only tired ideas being peddled in this election are those by the statists and their titular head and enablers in the media. Here Marco Rubio is clinical in his diagnosis:

Our problem with President Obama isn’t that he’s a bad person. By all accounts, he too is a good husband, and a good father — and thanks to lots of practice, a pretty good golfer.

Our problem is he’s a bad president.

The new slogan for the president’s campaign is “Forward.”

A government that spends $1 trillion more than it takes in.

An $800 billion stimulus that created more debt than jobs.

A government intervention into health care paid for with higher taxes and cuts to Medicare.

Scores of new rules and regulations.

These ideas don’t move us “Forward,” they take us “Backwards.”

These are tired and old big government ideas. Ideas that people come to America to get away from. Ideas that threaten to make America more like the rest of the world, instead of helping the world become more like America.

Under Barack Obama, the only “Change” is that “Hope” has been hard to find.

Full Text: Marco Rubio’s Speech to the Republican National Convention

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