Communism will never die

This post is the continuation of the arguments presented in my previous posts: “Where did it go wrong?” and in “Where did it go wrong #2.

I grew up with the idea of political permanence.  I was listening to and singing songs about Lenin, the hero who “sacrificed his faithful life” for us. The heroes of the communist revolution were always pictured and talked of as mythical, heroic demi-Gods. Continue reading →

Where did it go wrong?

After he read the Prostitution Principle, a gen Xer asked me: How did we get here?

It’s a good question. How did we get to these insane situations, these crazy legal decisions? How did feminism, the civil rights and the gay rights movements go so badly overboard? How did decent ideas turned into such ridiculous demands and deplorable practices? Where did it get so out of hand?

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The long view #2 – Our uncertain future

I finished my last post without actually answering the question I set out to answer. Instead of the possible futures, I ended up talking about immigration. While it is an important subject playing an important role in our future, it is far from being the only source of risk and uncertainty. The future is indeed a mystery, but it clearly has some directions.

The fortune tellers

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The long view

I had a conversation with a friend a few months ago about immigration. We are both immigrants, but with clearly differing views on it. The conversation quickly moved on to culture and demographics, but maybe it started with them. I laid out my angst that he countered with……… I don’t even know what.
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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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