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Several Swiss banks pull out of U.S. tax program

Posted in Money/Economy/Taxes on September 1st, 2014

http://news.yahoo.com/several-swiss-banks-pull-u-tax-program-paper-093756034–finance.html

Male Privilege Statistics

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars, Pic on August 30th, 2014

male-priviledge

How fear of being seen as racist stopped social workers saving up to 1,400 children from sexual exploitation at the hands of Asian men in just ONE TOWN

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars, European Union on August 29th, 2014

Cultural Marxism has created a world in which it is worse to be a racist than a serial rapist.

How fear of being seen as racist stopped social workers saving up to 1,400 children from sexual exploitation at the hands of Asian men in just ONE TOWN

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2734694/It-hard-appalling-nature-abuse-child-victims-suffered-1-400-children-sexually-exploited-just-one-town-16-year-period-report-reveals.html#ixzz3BYn6pWwV

200 Years ago yesterday, British soldiers burned down the White House.

Posted in Hidden History on August 27th, 2014

Please, please, please, please come back and do it again. I would happily pay any tea tax.

The Double Identity of Anti-Semitic Commentators

Posted in Israel Lobby on August 23rd, 2014

http://www.commondreams.org/hambaconeggs

Palestinian Youth Burned Alive in Revenge Murder

Posted in Israel/Palestine on August 21st, 2014

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/knesset-genocide-against.html

John McCain, Israel, ISIS

Posted in Election / Politicians, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, Secret Wars on August 21st, 2014

Return on Respect for Property Rights? (Curt Doolittle)

Posted in Austrian School / Libertarian Theory on August 21st, 2014

RETURN ON RESPECT FOR PROPERTY RIGHTS?

What is the return on an individual’s respect for property rights?

For him?
For the polity?
For man?

We cannot construct the voluntary organization without widespread respect.

So then how do we calculate the cost if that adherence?

Labor has no known value except in exchange. At which point we learn its value.

But respect for property rights, and active construction and perpetuation of them, always produces value.

Earlier thinkers assumed that membership and participation in the market was sufficient compensation for respecting property rights.

But this exchange was possible only because of the possibility of entry.

In a world of mandatory inclusion, this choice no longer exists.

In a world of marginally different productivity, where the underclasses no longer can provide useful skills, they are mandatorially included, but necessarily excluded.

In fact, their only value is in providing instructions in the form of demand, for the organization of production to satisfy their wants and to reward producers.

But they have nothing to exchange except constructing and maintaining the voluntary organization of production.

This presents us with a logical contradiction. They are forcibly included but necessarily excluded.

How do we solve this contradiction?

Par them for services rendered, and do not pay them if they fail to render services.

Voluntary exchange.

—”Tyrants without ideas are worthless in politics, but writers full of ideas without automatic guns are no better.”—

Posted in Austrian School / Libertarian Theory on August 21st, 2014

—”Tyrants without ideas are worthless in politics, but writers full of ideas without automatic guns are no better.”—

(Curt Doolittle)

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

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