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Hired Black Lives Matter protesters start #CutTheCheck after being stiffed by ACORN successor group

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on May 25th, 2015

Old communist tactics.

Pressure from above. Pressure from below.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/19/hired-black-lives-matter-protesters-start-cutthech/

New York Times: Whites moving into Hispanic areas is not diversity

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars, Immigration on May 25th, 2015

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/05/new_york_times_whites_moving_into_hispanic_areas_is_not_diversity.html

Byran Caplan: “Why I’m not an Austrian Economist”

Posted in Austrian School / Libertarian Theory on May 24th, 2015

http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/bcaplan/whyaust.htm

Part 4 — methodology, seems like it might be of particularly interesting. He criticizes the primacy of theory and rejection of empiricism

Number of Homeschooled Children Soars in America: Up 61.8% Over 10 Years

Posted in Educational Freedom on May 24th, 2015

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/19/number-of-homeschooled-children-soars-in-america-up-61-8-over-10-years/

Newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that between 2003-2012, the number of American children between ages 5 to 17 who are homeschooled has risen 61.8 percent, and that the percentage homeschooled in that age range has increased from 2.2 to 3.4 percent.

According to data published on May 7 by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in 2003 1,096,000 school-aged children were homeschooled in the U.S., representing 2.2 percent of the total number of students in that age range that year. In 2012, the number homeschooled was 1,773,000, or 3.4 percent of elementary and secondary school-aged children that year.

The increase in the number of children homeschooled between 2003 and 2012 is 677,000—or 61.8 percent.

Curt on who is reforming 20th century mysticism

Posted in Austrian School / Libertarian Theory on May 20th, 2015

Love that you’ve tuned into Jonathan Haidt! According to my friend Curt, here is the list of people reforming 20th century mysticism (as Hayek called it).

The Emerging Consensus :
– Paul Romer (mathematics or ‘Mathiness’ )
– Nassim Taleb (anti-fragility) or, information requirements.
– Ricardo Duchesne (uniqueness of western man)
– Kevin Macdonald (group evolutionary strategies)
– Curt Doolittle (Truth, Trust, Law, and Institutions)
— Jonathan Haidt’s (morality)
— Pinker (who started it all – psychology)
— Daniel Kahneman (mind)
– Stephen Hicks (Postmodernism) (Reluctantly Associated I’m sure)
– Nial Ferguson (Economics) (Possibly Reluctantly Associated)
– Martin van Creveld (The Culture of Warfare)
– Emmanuel Todd (The Evolution of Western Morality and Identity)
— Meng Hu (statistics ‘anecdote is not data’)
– Steven Hsu (statistics, intelligence and genetics)
– Jayman (genetics and history)
– HBD Chick (the institutions of marriage and family)

‘White People Don’t Exist,’ Says Author Walter Mosley

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on May 18th, 2015

Walter Mosley, American crime fiction novelist of more than 40 books including, Devil in a Blue Dress, says racism will end when we realize “white people don’t exist.”

In an interview Wednesday with NPR, the writer responded to typical discussion topics; projects in queue, industry demographics and upcoming honors — namely his recent recognition given by the National Black Writers Conference (NBWC), which he first attended as a soon-to-be-published writer in 1988.

Mosley also invoked a “things that make you go hmmm” moment, when he responded to an article he wrote about the Trayvon Martin case where he questioned the varying ways George Zimmerman was racially categorized in the media as white, half white, Hispanic or half Hispanic.

http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/03/31/white-people-exist-according-walter-mosley/

Peer Review doesn’t work

Posted in Science / Environment on May 18th, 2015

Why the inconvenient truths of the Nakba must be recognized

Posted in Hidden History, Israel/Palestine on May 17th, 2015

http://972mag.com/why-the-inconvenient-truths-of-the-nakba-must-be-recognized/45666/

Gender Ratio Theory

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on May 17th, 2015

I’m reposting this article with a new emphasis. Gender Ratio Theory seems to have a lot of explanatory power. Societies seem to work better when men outnumber women.

http://aeon.co/magazine/society/how-rising-inequality-is-changing-marriage/

“Poor Little Rich Women”

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on May 17th, 2015

I always enjoy reading the reaction of supposedly hyper-tolerant, non-judgemental, cultural-relativist progressives when they encounter traditionalism, high-investment parenting, and the success that seems to go with it.

Listen to her squirm with disapproval before finally abandoning the veneer of tolerance for full fledged condescension and ridicule:

—“. . . mostly 30-somethings with advanced degrees from prestigious universities and business schools. They were married to rich, powerful men, many of whom ran hedge or private equity funds; they often had three or four children under the age of 10; they lived west of Lexington Avenue, north of 63rd Street and south of 94th Street; and they did not work outside the home. . . .

“It’s easier and more fun,” the women insisted when I asked about the sex segregation that defined their lives.

“We prefer it,” the men told me at a dinner party where husbands and wives sat at entirely different tables in entirely different rooms.

Sex segregation, I was told, was a “choice.” But like “choosing” not to work, or a Dogon woman in Mali’s “choosing” to go into a menstrual hut, it struck me as a state of affairs possibly giving clue to some deeper, meaningful reality. . . .

The wives of the masters of the universe, I learned, are a lot like mistresses — dependent and comparatively disempowered. Just sensing the disequilibrium, the abyss that separates her version of power from her man’s, might keep a thinking woman up at night.”—

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/opinion/sunday/poor-little-rich-women.html?referrer&_r=0

On non-intervention

Posted in Austrian School / Libertarian Theory, Lost Republic Original on May 15th, 2015

I think property rights and rule of law are virutes.

Intervention on behalf of property rights are rule of law are good things.

Non-intervention alone is not a good thing. It has become so in the parlance of many libertarians because the US gov’t intervention often goes hand in hand with violations of property rights / rule of law. But non-intervention should never be considered a virtue in itself. That is suicide.

Many libertarians have what I consider to be a very feminine / gossiping / shaming / beta male conception of property. They think it is “natural”, and everyone who violates property can be shamed into behaving more “naturally”.

This is childish and naive.

The grownup version of libertarianism is this: you get property when you can punish everyone who would violate property.

Libertarians who ignore the cost of doing this are attempting to free ride — to purchase their liberty as a discount.

Mutual insurance seems like the best chance at establishing liberty.

I pledge to intervene on your behalf (in support of property and rule of law), if you pledge to intervene on mine.

The aristocrats must not abandon their people

Posted in Lost Republic Original, Misc on May 13th, 2015

As the bottom third (under the guise of the 99%) attacks the top third (calling them the 1%), the top increasingly abandon and shelters itself. The US is becoming more like Brazil.

I wonder if the top isn’t making a mistake as they, quite sensibly, pursue self-preservation. Perhaps they should make a more deliberate effort to provide arguments, a vision, and a positive example to the bottom. Or else the Cathedral will mobilize them for its own purposes.

In other words, I wonder if the beliefs and norms of the bottom third isn’t the “decisive terrain” in the struggle to shape modern society.

Gender dilemma of Progressives

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars, Pic on May 12th, 2015

“Socialism has many tails, and it chases all of them.” -Menchen

gender-progressive-dilema

Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum

Posted in Science / Environment on May 12th, 2015

http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/antarctic-sea-ice-reaches-new-record-maximum

Progressive Professor: ‘If You are a White Male, You Don’t Deserve to Live!’

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on May 12th, 2015

Keep going academia… Eventually, we’ll get fed up.

Noel Ignatiev, a professor at Massachusetts College of Art, has for years advocated the total elimination of Caucasians.

During his final lecture before retirement last Monday, he told his white male students “you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease.”

NOEL IGNATIEV: If you are a white male, you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease, white males have never contributed anything positive to the world! They only murder, exploit and oppress non-whites! At least a white woman can have sex with a black man and make a brown baby but what can a white male do? He’s good for nothing. Slavery, genocides against aboriginal peoples and massive land confiscation, the inquisition, the holocaust, white males are all to blame! You maintain your white male privilege only by oppressing, discriminating against and enslaving others!

http://politistick.com/hateful-progressive-professor-if-you-are-a-white-male-you-dont-deserve-to-live/

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