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Valuing justice and due process above in-group loyalty

Posted in Austrian School / Libertarian Theory on August 20th, 2014

“Valuing justice and due process above in-group loyalty is actually not that common of a trait.” ~Eli Harman

It’s a European thing, in fact. The grave error was the assumption of universalism. The Enlightenment must be nationalized if it is to survive. We should all hope it does.

Hate to say it, but it seems we can have a multi-cultural society or a de-militarized police. Not both.

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars, Police Brutality / Abuse on August 20th, 2014

Hate to say it, but it seems we can have a multi-cultural society or a de-militarized police. Not both.

James Foley Executioner had British Accent

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on August 20th, 2014

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2729287/ISIS-beheads-journalist-James-Wright-Foley-warning-US.html

“Snitches get Stiches” – Shop

Posted in Big Media, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on August 19th, 2014

Social justice activists in Ferguson burned down the local QuikTrip store because they thought that was the store Michael Brown had knocked over.

http://www.vdare.com/posts/please-dont-pogrom-us-pleads-shop-ripped-off-by-michael-brown

On a friend’s post about the “Heart of Whiteness”

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on August 16th, 2014

Reaction to a friend posting the Tobias Wolf Essay Heart of Whiteness:

ME: Ridiculous. Enough Cultural Marxism, please.

HIM: no idea, frankly, what cultural marxism is or is supposed to be, but since you’re asking so nicely and politely, i’m sure tobias wolff will heed your request for him to cease sharing his personal thoughts and feelings with you.

ME: Cultural Marxism is a secular religion in which straight white men have been assigned the role of satan. It aims to weaken the pillars of Western Civilization through obscurism, cultural reletivism, and pseudoscience.

Look, I’ve met Tobias Wolff several times while I was at Stanford and I like him. Maybe it’s hard to stay away from this ideology when your in academia. Universities are the new churches. Professors are the new priests. Heretics (like me) are denounced with the same fervor heretics have always garnered.

Wolff’s essay asks Europeans to feel guilty for impure thoughts at a time when targeted, deliberate physical violence toward whites is surging. Where are the racism police when there are “knock out games” or “polar bear hunting” or “get whitey night” or when Zimbabwe forbids sale of land to whites or when S. Africa’s President appears on television singing a song about killing white people?

I’m happy to respect anyone who respects me, but this is a big load of BS.

HIM: To put it very simply — he’s just telling you or anyone who would like to listen, as to the way he feels on a certain important issue. I’m not sure you or I or anyone who are not them are in any position to tell other people how they should feel. I don’t see him asking me to believe him or share his feelings. I, for one, don’t share his feelings. I wasn’t born and didn’t grow up in America. I just understand and appreciate people’s impulse to tell other people honestly what they think or how they feel. As for your definition of cultural Marxism — with all due respect, this, to me, is just a shallowly loud and largely meaningless, Rush Limbaughesque word combination. Religion? Whose religion? Where’s the church and who are the adepts? Who assigned white men the role of satan? Who’s aiming to weaken Western Civilization?.. Look, with all due respect, and I know you are a smart man, but — this is so imprecise and murky and label-bound and, in all, intellectually weak, I don’t quite know how to continue this conversation. All I can sense is that you feel put on and aggrieved, and that is your right, of course: to feel that way. Anything goes, so long as we don’t start telling people that the way they feel is dishonest or insincere or a product of some weird cultish brainwashing, etc. We — you, I — shouldn’t be telling other people to shut up about how they feel. They deserve the right to feel differently from us. To deprive them of their right to express their feelings on some certain salient issue would be totalitarian of nature. You don’t have to label anything with some meaningless booming catchphrase (cultural marxism, emotional fascism, psychological confucianism, sexual stalinism, culinary calvinism — come on; that’s a bit juvenile). You can’t argue with people’s honest feelings. All you can do is say — look, I don’t share your feelings, I don’t feel the same way — and then move on.

ME: :) You use a lot of words to calls me wrong and stupid. And to call him legitimate bc his are ‘honest feelings’ –as if mine aren’t.

At least I presented evidence of what I perceive as gross hypocrisy. You could have addressed it in between calling me wrong and stupid. :) I’m not offended btw. Honestly. Just amused, disappointed. This is how heretics are always treated by the priests.

If anyone wants further reading: http://www.amazon.com/Explaining-Postmodernism-Skepticism-Socialism-Rousseau/dp/0983258406

HIM: Roman. This is not the kind of talk I can engage in: heretics, priests… That’s on you. Let me be as succinct as I can: your feelings are just as honest and valid and legitimate as any other people’s — just so long as you don’t question the honesty and validity of other people’s feelings. Do you see the difference? Tobias Wolff was talking about his own feelings. Your feelings were about his feelings being dishonest. Ok, Roman, signing off on this conversation now.

ME: I question accuracy — whether this essay accurately represent the real world or not. :)

Your comments lead me to another point, however, one straight out of Stephen Hick’s book — does truth exist? Does language have meaning? Or has post-modernism finally achieved Focault’s vision that language is devoid of meaning and merely a struggle for power.

I would think and hope that writers would be offended by Focault’s idea, but judging from how you seem to prefer feelings over truths, accusations (Rush Limbaughesque – ha! good one!) over evidence, from how you denounce heretics without addressing their concerns, I fear the worst.

STEM disciplines aside, academia has abolished truth. There is only a power, and whatever bullshit anyone wants to spout in its pursuit.

Pierre Ryckmans, 78, Dies; Exposed Mao’s Hard Line

Posted in Big Media, China, Hidden History on August 16th, 2014

Pierre Ryckmans, a Belgian-born scholar of China who challenged a romanticized Western view of Mao Zedong in the 1960s with his early portrayal of Mao’s Cultural Revolution as chaotic and destructive, died on Monday at his home in Sydney, Australia. He was 78.

His daughter, Jeanne Ryckmans, said the cause was cancer.

Mr. Ryckmans, who was better known by his pen name, Simon Leys, fell in love with China at the age of 19 while touring the country with fellow Belgian students in 1955. One highlight was an audience with Prime Minister Zhou Enlai. The man-made famine of Mao’s Great Leap Forward and his Cultural Revolution, which began in 1966 and ended about the time of Mao’s death, in 1976, were still in the future. There was much to be admired in the new China.

Yet pursuing his studies of Chinese art, culture and literature in the People’s Republic itself was not an option for a Westerner, so he settled in Taiwan, where he met his future wife, Han-fang Chang. He also lived in Singapore and Hong Kong.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/15/world/pierre-ryckmans-78-dies-exposed-maos-hard-line.html?_r=0

30 Photos of 1960s Afghanistan

Posted in Afghanistan on August 16th, 2014

http://all-that-is-interesting.com/1960s-afghanistan

NAP is justification of immoral behavior

Posted in Austrian School / Libertarian Theory on August 15th, 2014

Curt Doolittle:

WHY? THE FALLACY OF NON AGGRESSION AS JUSTIFICATION.

Why would you develop an ethics of non-aggression rather than an ethic of non-theft, for a philosophical framework that purports to reduce all right to property rights, for some reason other than legitimizing deception and forbidding retaliation for deception?

You see, cosmopolitanism is merely a philosophical framework for justificationism.

Falling Academic Performance in Britain. Notice the Editors lead with English faces. No immigration at work here. Nope.

Posted in Big Media, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on August 14th, 2014

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2724648/A-level-results-lead-record-numbers-students-heading-university-vast-majority-accepted-choice-degree-courses.html

Eli Harman on Altruistic Punishment

Posted in Austrian School / Libertarian Theory, Crime / Punishment / Justice Theory on August 11th, 2014

ALTRUISTIC PUNISHMENT: “I will bear a cost in order to impose a cost on someone for imposing costs on others.”

Directly, no one wins, it’s a lose/lose/lose; costs all the way around.

Indirectly, we all benefit from the maintenance of a normative commons that discourages people from imposing costs, negative externalities, on others or refraining from contributing to benefits, positive externalities, which are shared.

This is a common human behavior and it is impossible to understand human behavior, or the evolution of societies and polities, without understanding altruistic punishment.

“Tired of your commie BS” — lol

Posted in Money/Economy/Taxes, Pic on August 10th, 2014

Tired-of-your-commie-bs

I’m leaving this here so that I can find it later.

America’s First Great Depression: Economic Crisis and Political Disorder after the Panic of 1837

Posted in Book, Hidden History, Money/Economy/Taxes, Size of Government on August 10th, 2014

“Earlier than many other states, Pennsylvania tried to raise taxes to cover its mounting interest costs. By 1842, total tax revenue was almost twice what it had been in 1835, but this was still far too little to restore the state’s finances. The state also resorted to other tactics to avoid collapse. In April 1840, legislators compelled banks with state charters to lend three million dollars to cover the state’s deficit, but the banks themselves were near collapse. A year later, the state treasury began paying many of its creditors with small denomination relief notes, which were often returned to the state for payment of taxes and did little to improve its ability to pay overseas lenders.

“By the end of 1841 the state was desperate. Philadelphia merchant Sidney Fisher wrote in his diary in early December that ‘the doctrine of repudiating state debts is spreading rapidly, is spoken of openly and boldly defended by many presses and leading politicians.’ A public meeting at the Philadelphia courthouse later that month passed resolutions denying that Pennsylvanians were under any ‘moral, legal or political obligation’ to repay the ‘so-called state debt.’ In early 1842, the state met interest payments by scavenging from the assets of the Bank of the United States, which had collapsed in January. By August 1842, the treasury had nothing but its own relief notes, and Pennsylvania finally defaulted. ‘The substance of our State is swallowed up,’ wrote a correspondent to the local newspaper in Smethport, Pennsylvania, ‘and repudiation stares us in the face.’ …

http://www.amazon.com/Americas-First-Great-Depression-Political/dp/0801450330/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381513393&sr=1-1&keywords=america%27s+first+great+depression

Gamechanger Salon

Posted in Big Media on August 10th, 2014

Progressive Opinion makers: http://eagnews.org/1000-member-secretive-progressive-journalist-group-uncovered/

Environmentalists Shocked That Local People Protect Forests Better Than Do Governments

Posted in Science / Environment on August 10th, 2014

Over at the New Scientist Fred Pearce has a nice article, “Local people preserve the environment better than government,” in which he discusses an issue well known to Reason readers – recognzing the property rights of local people protects resources from overexploitation. Pearce is focusing on a new report from the environmentalist think tank, the World Resources Institute. The report, Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Ciimate Change, surveys the literature and finds that private ownership of land by local communities greatly reduces deforestation.

http://reason.com/blog/2014/08/05/environmentalists-shocked-that-local-peo

White People Create App To Avoid, Um, ‘Sketchy’ Areas

Posted in Big Media, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on August 9th, 2014

“Shame on you for not wanting to get mugged, car-jacked, or assaulted. Bad whitey, bad! If those things tend, on average, to happen in “diverse” areas, well then you’re just required to accept that risk to demonstrate your commitment to “diversity.” What are you, some kind of bigot?”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/sketchfactor-app-white-creators_n_5660205.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

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