This Facebook post asked me to “Stand against the barbary”
“Interesting choice of word” I said providing a link to the Barbary slave trade.
Then I looked into what happened. The more I did the more I found myself getting sad, depressed, indignant and angry. How can people, whom I consider both decent and intelligent lend their support to such a disgusting scam? How can they be so stupid and so nonchalantly immoral? Can they not see how appallingly political this manufactured crisis is? Continue reading →
The New York Times asked some silly and some supposedly serious questions from 21 democrat presidential candidates. The question that got me worked up was the last one:
- Does anyone deserve to have a billion dollars?
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A few years ago, a female friend at a dinner party got seriously offended when I disagreed with her on something. She insisted that my disagreement is oppressive disrespect. She was wrong, she had no argument, but she insisted that we all accept her position on the subject because “she has the right to her opinion.” The situation was surreal, so I just tried to change the subject. She did not like that either. She wanted me to capitulate. That was third wave feminism in a nutshell.
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Is it that serious? Is it just a joke? Can it be both? Let’s see:
Feminism clearly encourages women to leave their husbands. 70% of divorce proceedings are initiated by women. Gloria Steinem formulated the attitude best when she said: “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” As a result, marriage rates are down, especially in the lower socioeconomic strata.
We may think it is a joke, but it does represent the zeitgeist of a whole generation.
Killing their children? Roe vs. Wade was the defining cause of second wave feminism. There is something perverse watching the celebration after the Irish abortion law referendum.
I couldn’t take witchcraft seriously, but some feminists apparently can. Continue reading →
As I was following a discussion on abortion that morphed into a debate about feminism, I could not resist chiming in with my standard mantra about the evils of cultural Marxism.
Naturally, I was asked: What’s wrong with feminism? It started with this statement:
“In our society, we have accepted the role of women in the workplace. That role/lifestyle/set of opportunities in life is/are made more possible by the woman having the same sexual freedom as men. Sexual mistakes happen. In order to “level the life playing field”, our society has provided ways for a woman to do just that. This does not mean she must/will never have children – just on her terms and in concert with a life partner of mutual choice. That’s an equal relationship. That is a cornerstone of our modern society.” Continue reading →
After siting on this idea for well over a year, I got the push today to talk about it. But le me get back to that.
I have always been fascinated by the notion of tacit knowledge.
When the image above popped up on my monitor after watching something on Youtube, I got so vehemently disgusted by one of the faces that I just had to ask myself why.
Can you find the face? The face of the self-congratulating, cocky, smug, leftist [expletive deleted]? Continue reading →
The problems I described in my previous post are just the latest manifestations of Western civilization’s political malaise.
The October issue of the Atlantic Monthly was dedicated to the question “Is democracy dying?”
The articles in it are fascinating testaments of the confusion surrounding that malaise. Continue reading →
France is not the only place with protests. The Hungarians are protesting too. These protests are very different, but bring up similar questions about the nature of democracy.
I encountered the question, the one that is called a ‘scandal’ by the local media, in a Facebook post of a liberal friend.
“I am saying since 2010 that an anti-democratic, anti-republican and anti-parliamentarian legislative assembly must not be legitimated by the presence of the representatives of the democratic, republican, parliamentarian parties.
Let’s start building parallel institutions for a new historical starting point”
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I had my Sunday morning coffee with two videos. The first one was the latest from Black Pigeon Speaks about the vote in South Africa on a constitutional amendment that would allow the government to seize land from white people without compensation.
The second was a new Vertigo Politix video titled “The Alt-Right Reformation Against Liberal Theocracy”. It is outspoken, disturbing white supremacist propaganda. The worst I have seen so far on this channel. (And just to avoid misunderstandings, I plucked the above picture from the Vertigo Politix video. It is not a representation of my beliefs but an illustration of what’s to come: neo-fascist iconography and memes) Continue reading →
I just came across this post on YouTube: Chicago: Demographics, Deficits, and White Flight. I encourage you to watch it. The issue is serious. The facts are uncontested. Illinois is de facto bankrupt. The only question is how long will it take to become officially so. At this point, after Moody’s re-evaluation of its credit rating, it (the rating) is supposed to hold for a while:
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When I asked a Jewish friend what he thinks of my post on Israel, he said:
“We are not on the same page, but that’s the joy of pluralism.”
So where do YOU stand? – I asked.
“On the other side, where general human rights considerations are more important than the strategic/tactical ones” – he said. Continue reading →
I went to Israel thinking that I am a hardliner. I got out as a much-hardened hardliner. I cannot possibly claim that I have full understanding of its very complex problems after spending only two weeks there, but I can say that the visit either confirmed my preconceptions or changed them in a way pushing it further in the direction of supporting the Jewish state and WHATEVER measure they choose to take against the Arabs. Continue reading →
Another weekend on the Bruce peninsula, another cultural experience. In some of the busier parts of the peninsula, about 80% of the people I met were clearly first-generation immigrants. Indians, Arabs, Sikhs, Africans, Russians, Chinese and whatever else was not obvious to identify. I was there with my Mexican relatives. I am an immigrant myself, it is just not obvious from the way I look.
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Popular culture is awash with images of a dystopian future brought about by artificial intelligence. Dozens of TV series, movies and books are discussing the dangers of artificial intelligence. How robots will take our jobs and rule our lives. The more promising AI becomes, the darker the perceived threat. On the one hand we embrace the good things AI can do for us while on the other we fear losing our humanity, our position on the top of the dominance hierarchy.
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A few months ago I was supposed to read Bryan Caplan’s “The Case Against Education” for a libertarian book club meeting. Since I read Charles Murray’s “Real Education” shortly after it was published, I did not think that it can offer me much new information, but it did.
Both should be read. Caplan’s book has a different approach but arrives to the same conclusion as Charles Murray. Continue reading →