Political Pimpology

Analogies abound comparing the state to the mob; the welfare state to drug pushers; taxation to highway robbery. Writing my post about the prostitution principle I realized that the best analogy to illustrate the nature of the relationship between the political class and favoured identity groups is that of the relationship between prostitutes and their pimps.

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The prostitution principle

I was reminding a friend of a classic joke:

A guy walks up to a gorgeous woman and says: “Would you sleep with me for a million bucks?”
The woman looks at him and says “Well, OK……”
Then the man says: “how about for $50?”
The woman gets indignant: “What kind of woman do you think I am?”
The man answers: “We already established that, now we are just negotiating the price.”

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A tale of two maps

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

(Charles Dickens: A tale of Two Cities)

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Should they be jailed?

When I started my wish list for the Trump presidency in November, the first item on it was:

Put Hillary in jail.
Seriously. Jail the bitch, but properly. Full investigation with no direct presidential involvement of any kind. Just open the door. Let the FBI do the work. The Clintons are common criminals, treat them as such. Have their past crimes investigated as well. There must have been many people involved in covering them up, all you need is to make a few to turn to open the floodgates of information leading to the truth.

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How can smart people be so stupid?

I know some smart people. I know that they are smart because they have all the credentials, the accomplishments and the recognition to prove it. They are experts in their fields, they are clearly knowledgeable, they are articulate and very confident about the value of their knowledge.

Yet, when it comes to subjects that is not in the direct purview of their field of expertise, they can be excessively stupid and difficult to argue with. Their stupidity on those subjects can be outright obnoxious. Continue reading →

Getting it wrong #2

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I had a bet with a friend about the outcome of the presidential election. She made several bets to say that Hillary Clinton will win. Her betting was a sort of hedging. She wished for a Trump victory, but she also believed the predictions and considered the socialist juggernaut unstoppable. Winning the bets would have been a consolation prize for the loss of her preferred choice.

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