I spent two wonderful hours out on the ice. 7-9 knots of wind, not too gusty, easy breezy lazy, giving me a lot of time to think. About how my doing this relates to the crisis of democracy. Bear with me, you will get it by the end. Continue reading →
(the crisis of democracy #2)
The January 18th 2020 issue of The Economist has a special report on housing. It is troubling in more ways than I can say, but it is also a perfect illustration of some points I was trying to make in my previous post about epistocracy. The Economist prides itself on being a leading publication on economic questions in the English language world. It has a prestigious history, but in the past decade it started to shift dangerously toward the left. Continue reading →
A friend sent me a link to an article by Zsolt Kapelner titled “Shouldn’t we entrust experts instead of low-information voters with political decision making?” The article is a loose review of Jason Brennan’s book “Against democracy,” also commenting on some articles discussing and debating the book.
My friend wanted to know what I think about it. Continue reading →
I came across this meme again. It is not new but not too old either. Transgenderism was not an in thing ten years ago. I dismissed the meme a few times, but now I commented when I saw it in a Facebook post. I asked a simple question:
“How and why should any of these circumstances influence how we vote?” The reply was disappointing:
“Any. All, in an even better case. Empathy based on knowledge forms the “volonté” of choosing.”.
Not an answer to my question but since the question is important, let me elaborate.
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As I am watching, reading and listening to the news, I am in a permanent state of amazement observing the political left’s ability to get away with ever more disgusting manifestations of their immorality.
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I do not like Donald Trump. I honestly don’t. He is a painfully inarticulate narcissist and I find both of those aspects seriously unappealing. Still, he is the duly elected President of the Unites States. His administration just brokered a peace between Turkey and the Kurds. Donald Trump made the announcement on the 23rd of October. Continue reading →
The following two PragerU videos made me realize that I have to expand on the points I made about the stupidity of socialists when it comes to money.
The first of the videos, What Creates Wealth, makes the simple point that knowledge is the main source of our wealth; the second, Why Private Investment Works & Govt. Investment Doesn’t, explains what it says in its title. While knowledge is undoubtedly the most important element and while incentives make a lot of difference, what I consider to be the most basic, the most generic function of money seems to be missing from any discussion of the subject I can find. Continue reading →
I few days ago I had another morning when nothing I saw made sense. To help you understand why, you should watch this Youtube video analyzing the Pipi Longstocking marketing idea. But that is old news. It has been analyzed to death. Continue reading →
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 →