2006 July 09 Sunday
Twins Run Poland

Events in Poland foreshadow what a society with lots of clones might be like.

BERLIN, July 8 -- Ever since their party scored big in Poland's elections last fall, the Kaczynski brothers -- identical twin movie stars with equally big political ambitions -- were widely assumed to be running the country in tandem behind the scenes. Now, it's official.

On Saturday, Poland's governing Law and Justice Party voted to name its party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the country's new prime minister. With his brother, Lech, already holding the Polish presidency, there is no longer any doubt that the 57-year-old, chubby-faced twins are in charge of the eastern European country.

They appear to have forced out a very popular prime minister, Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, so that they could rule jointly.

As party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski had dibs on the prime ministership. But he promised voters he would not take the job if his brother won the upcoming presidential race, saying he realized Poles would be uncomfortable at the prospect of being ruled by twins whom they could barely tell apart.

So they lied in lock step.

Would this work for George W. Bush clones? They could all be supremely confident and intellectually lazy together.

Clones would reduce the extent to which differences in personalities would allow team members to compensate for each others' weaknesses and flaws. On the other hand, if a team was all clones then congenitally lazy and less talented people couldn't as often take credit for the work of the more talented and more conscientious.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 July 09 10:59 AM  Off Beat And Odd

Larry Mangan said at July 9, 2006 6:20 PM:

Randall, I thoroughly enjoy your sites. However, I don't really think that the original Bush or his clones are or would be "supremely confident and intellectually lazy".

Being the President is a tough job, probably tougher than anything either of us have to do for a living. Yeah, there's a lot of things I wish he'd do differently, but he has that in common with every President since I was old enough to notice. Cheap-shotting the guy with liberal cliches, like you occasionally indulge yourself in on your sites, is easy. Based on how you write and the amount of time you seem to spend uncovering and delivering facts, it would seem to be beneath you.

You are superb at bringing all kinds of science news to people in an interesting and comprehensible form, helping them realize just how it applies to them. There are all too few places like yours on the Web, but political commentary galore.

In other words, I can get all the BusHitlerChimpyMcHalliburton drivel I want elsewhere, but I come to Future Pundit and it's brethren and sistren for real science and facts, not liberal cocktail party mantras.

Thanks for doing what you do best!
Larry Mangan

gcochran said at July 9, 2006 9:33 PM:

You are seriously mistaken. If Bush were held to the same standard of due diligence as a civil engineer, he'd be in prison for life. Randall is no more of a liberal than I am.

And to be this mistaken this far into the second term, I must asume (to be charitable) that you've been living in a Trappist monastery in Antarctica and speaking only to penguins.

Randall Parker said at July 10, 2006 5:29 PM:


You are also mistaken on what liberals say about Bush. I've read them and argued with them. They insist he is stupid. They insist he was just born into the status that let him become President. I insist one has to be fairly smart to compete well enough to win a Presidential election. But then post-election Bush falls down and puts little intellectual effort into actually governing. I insist he is intellectually lazy.

The first arguments I read that explained Bush as intellectually lazy came from the Right. Steve Sailer makes that argument. He also makes the argument (dug thru Bush and Kerry military records) that Bush is smarter than Kerry. That's not a liberal argument.

As for his supreme confidence: I get that from comments I've read by big name right wing Evangelical Christians who have met him. I forget if it was Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson, but one of them met him and was disturbed by just how lacking in doubt Bush comes across as being in private.

I really go light on Bush. My problem is that Bush is so bad I'm bound to hold some positions about him that overlap with criticisms that come from the Left. I think the real problem is that so many people on the Right go easy on Bush because they think he's one of their own.

Yes, being President is a hard job, no doubt about it. But the problem is that Bush is not up to the job. He has blown it and continues to blow it big time on Iraq. He insists upon being deluded on immigration and human nature.

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