"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) was a history professor, a science-fiction fan, even
> the coauthor of an SF book. He will not run for Speaker and will probably
> resign from Congress.
> It is eery, looking at history, how terribly often the best and brightest are
> removed or disabled just before the deluge. Someday, I think, historians will
> look back at this moment and say: "Here marks the decline of the American Pax."
> There is now no hope that Congress will act rationally in the coming storm.
Mr. Gingrich was also a rabid anti-drug campaigner who advocated the death penalty for certain kinds of drug users. Anybody who advocates death by the state for what one puts in his or her own body (no matter how harmful) is not a civilized person, nor someone I want to be in a position of power. Gingrich's departure is the best political news I've received all week. Good riddance!
BTW, reading and/or writing science fiction does not necessarily make one sane or decent.