The Flight 93 Election

September 15, 2016

This essay at Claremont has gone viral. It says everything I could think to say and more about why this is The Last Election if the Democrats win the Presidency and/or control either house of Congress.  A lot of people are gibbering in hatred at the author, who wisely chose to write under a nom de plume.

I was just listening to Mark Levin for a few minutes. He was fulminating against Trump’s day care plan for various sound conservative reasons.

What Levin doesn’t get yet, smart as he is, is that Conservatism is politically dead. It’s going to take a Gramscian-style campaign, waged over decades, to resurrect conservatism. Millenials hear conservative ideas and values like Charlie Brown characters hear adults speak: wah-whah, whaw-waw . . .

Conservatives don’t have the blood-lust for power and need for bossing people around that modern Democrats and all Progressives/Leftists do. It’s going with the psychological flow for the Left to slowly push and insinuate their ideas on everyone. The Conservative attitude is “Son, when you get about 20 years older, you’ll stop being such a dumbass. Till then, think whatever the hell you want.”
Conservatives have never mounted a long-term ideological campaign. Part of that is because (I just heard this on Mark Levin, and he’s right), conservatism isn’t really an ideology. It’s more “Wait a minute, son, don’t start believing every damnfool idea that comes into your head is the best idea ever.” Conservatism has a decent respect for innovation, and an understanding that 99% of innovation is BS and only time will tell.  So let’s not all of us put all our bets down on the same shiny object.

An ideologue is a person who has no trepidation about everything turning out great if everyone would just adopt his ideas. He thinks his ideological map trumps (no pun intended) the actual world. There are actually a lot of good reasons to like Donald Trump. That he’s not an ideologue is one of the most important. Hillary is an ideologue. A corrupt, greedy, rapacious, hypocritical, might-as-well-be-an-alien-under-the-skin ideologue. She’s a wannabe Stalin in a Mao jacket and a Kim Jong Un pantsuit. I don’t understand people who say, well, Hillary is so corrupt that we don’t have to worry about her having an ideological agenda. So, I’m voting for Tammany Hillary instead of Dangerous Donald. Corruption is not antithetical to dangerous ideology, and Hillary has proven she’s been braised in Leftist hatred for free people.  If you think Hillary will just be a status quo caretaker of Obama’s legacy, you are fucking stupid. (I know, I’m trying really hard to stop swearing on this blog, and notice that I mostly have, but there was no other adjective that expressed the thought completely.)  Hillary will accelerate the Obama agenda, and she will pack the Supreme Court and the lower courts, then vitiate most of the first 10 amendments, and will do it PDQ.

This is an absurd election that demonstrates to anyone with an appreciation for the absurd that the political system is quickly devolving into a decadent pre-collapse parody of itself. Most people don’t think collapse is imminent. I don’t know whether it’s imminent or not, but I’m pretty sure it will be sudden. There are lots of fuses out there, waiting for a match. President Trump wets the fuses down; President Hillary swaggers by with a lit cigar, daring them to ignite.

 

 

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Why I am not an anarchist

October 21, 2012

I have two brothers who are mostly living off the grid. I could, probably should, blame myself for this, since I acted this way in my 20’s. Except I was never their hero and I’d knocked off doing this stuff for 20 years before they started. I’m starting to suspect there’s a genetic issue, and I just phenotyped early, thank God. If so, they will get over it too.

I had a book-challenge with one of them earlier this year. I sent him Hayek and he challenged me to read some anarchist guy in Canada. I don’t remember who. I’m not trying to be snarky, but my wife packs up stuff, and “anarchist author canada” didn’t find him. I believe there were a bunch of B’s in his name.

Anyhow, here’s everything I’ve concluded over my entire life about political economy, the good parts version.

There are only two approaches to dealing with other people when it comes to deciding whether you should impose your will on them: libertarian or totalitarian.

Both of these approaches are mere tendencies. You can’t tell which one people really believe from what they claim to believe. But it’s really important to your life to categorize people as one or the other.

Libertarians believe that unless there’s a really really good reason, you have no right to interfere with what other people decide to do, no matter how stupid and destructive it is.

Totalitarians believe that unless there’s a really, really good reason, you should interfere with other people when they are being stupid and destructive.

Moving on, why Anarchy is Idiocy:

Being good at violence is an economic good, just like being good at making bread. The thing that makes civilization possible is that different people are better at some things, and everyone does what they do best to make the sum total of what we can do work more efficiently than if we all tried to be good enough at everything we need and do everything on our own. If we didn’t need each other, there’d be no civilization.

Most people are no good at violence, just as most people are no good at baking bread. The division of labor implies that bakers will pay those good at violence for protecting them from people who are also good at violence who want to take their bread without giving value in return.

That’s how government starts. People who are good at other stuff, but not at violence, pay the good-at-violence to keep them from getting raped and robbed.

Violence, as a business, is different from other businesses. In other businesses, competition rules. Unless you resort to violence to remove your competition, in which case, you are now in the violence business.

In violence, if you don’t have a monopoly, you’re nothing. You must have sovereignty over a territory. The business of violence, as exemplified in gang wars, the Mafia, and governments is all about nobody else but you dares to exercise violence on your turf. Violence is about monopoly. If you don’t get a monopoly, you turn into the Middle East.

The business of violence is different from other businesses. The violence business only works if you have a monopoly. And then the business is subject to all the bad things that happen to monopolies. Laziness, excess, hubris, corruption.

This is the world we live in:

Specialization of labor inevitably leads to most of us paying others who are better at violence to protect us from predation. Because we know how dangerous such people are, we inevitably hedge them in with rules, contracts and management that evolves into government. Like all businesses, government inevitably tries to grow and get more customers, thus the situation we find ourselves in today.

Anarchists talk about “privatizing” government’s function of protecting the peaceful against the violent. As if you’d want people to open up new protection services like they open up new bakeries. When you have competing protection agencies in a single territory, that’s not competition, that’s war. Even the Mafia and street gangs understand that, but anarchists remain oblivious.

The “privatized” version of government anarchists favor will always turn into de facto, and if you’re lucky, de jure monarchy, autocracy or dictatorship because of the business need for a government to have territorial exclusivity. Democracy may be subject to degeneration over time, but it provides external oversight and control of government agents. And the possibility of reigning in government without having to exercise overwhelming violence against the violence experts.

I’d rather try to vote out Obama than overthrow Assad or Putin.


When Raccoons Attack

July 11, 2012

I can’t find this video yet on You Tube, so you’ll just have to trust me.

Dateline: KOMO 4 News in Seattle, 6pm TV newscast.

They had a story on this dumb bitch who attacked a herd of 10 raccoons and they attacked back. She got various bites and scratches and bruises. I have to admit, they were pretty spectacular minor injuries. She looked like Rihanna after make-up sex with Chris Brown, if Rihanna were a fat Seattle 40-something white girl who traded in most of her common sense for inflated self-esteem and decided to flirt with a gang of raccoons and the raccoons gang-banged her.

Here’s the point of this post:

As the tagline on the story, the hot Asian news-bimbo (we like hot Asian news-bimbos in Seattle, which is one of the few things we have in common with normal people) read this off the teleprompter:

“Mikayla is a nursing student and worries about the cost of treatment. She has only major medical coverage.”

Maybe you can say that it’s just KOMO 4 News in Seattle on TV at 6pm that is in the tank for the government, but we all know this shit goes on all the time. We should stop calling it being in the tank. We should call it manning the glory hole for the government. And 80% of people in traditional media are doing it. I mean, sucking it.

Oh, and as far as Mikayla Lee goes (I don’t know if that’s how she spells her name but who gives a fuck?):

  • She knew there were 10 raccoons living in this tree outside her house.
  • She thought they were cute. She never expected raccoons to be, like, actual wild animals. “I never thought they’d try to attack me, I just thought they were trying to chase me off…” (That’s from video of this braindead bitch actually saying that, so you can’t blame the media for distorting this one.)
  • She went jogging with her stupid dog off its leash. Her dog chased 2 raccoons up the tree.
  • She went running to defend her dog, and 5 other raccoons tried to put a cap in her stupid ass.
  • The attack ended when the dog bared its teeth and growled. Dumb bitch calls her dog a hero dog, even though he started it. Well, if you go back far enough, her parents started it by being contraceptive ignoramuses.
  • She’s continuing her daily walk past the raccoons who really don’t like her now. No fear. I hope they rip out her ovaries.

Oh, and here’s the best thing: she attributed her survival to her being in shape. Well, yeah, compared to Mama Cass. And her boyfriend prevailed on her to start carrying pepper spray. At last, common sense shows up in this story. Bet she doesn’t carry it.


Chief Justice John Roberts, Boy Genius

June 29, 2012

The more I think about this, the more impressed I am with the Strategery of John Roberts. The best part is all the idiots who think they won today but who lost–badly. How do I hate you all? Let me count the idiots:

  1. The greedy, lazy and stupid “working poor.” It’s fine to be a member of the working poor if you’re a young person just getting started. But if you’re a full-blown adult (now defined as someone 26 years of age or older), there is (should be) some shame in it. If you’re in your 30’s and still making close to minimum wage or half of the median income, not only aren’t you trying very hard, but you either don’t know what median means or you have twice the median student loan debt. In short, you are a lazy dumbass. You are about to get a tax hit night in the ruts. If Obamacare is implemented through the tax code, as the four liberals that John Roberts sucker-punched have agreed it must be, this tax will be incredibly regressive. Meaning, for you working poor, most of whose genes are incredibly recessive,  that you are going to get put in the pool that right now pays for the most expensive treatments for the sickest people.
  2. The greedy rich elderly. As it should be, the older you get, the richer you get. You have more skills, you add more value, you have more time to save and invest and you get smarter about the impending reality of the future. The stereotype of grandma eating dogfood is mostly false, except for grandmas who stayed “working poor” their whole lives. Those bitches should be glad they live in a country where dogfood is safe and nutritious and, so I hear, doesn’t taste half bad. Anyhow, most of the diseases and conditions that affect old people are hard to treat and effectiveness depends greatly on innovation. Look at what’s happened with heart surgery. One thing that will be DOA after Obamacare is rapid innovation. If you don’t understand why, go read Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics, or just trust me about this, because I’m obviously a lot smarter than you are. Bottom line: implementation of ObamaCare is a death sentence for millions of the elderly. It will cut years, soon decades, off life expectancy.
  3. The stupid boosters of socialized medicine. I will digress here to make my point: The most important reason that the Soviet Union and other socialist/central planning regimes survive as long as they do is the existence of market-driven economies. You’ll have to go beyond the Sowell book and read Mises or Hayek if what I’m saying here goes over your head. The free market price system communicates invaluable, detailed information about how to best use resources. Absurd over- and under-supplies result when free negotiation and pricing of economic goods is interfered with. (See, student loan debt bubble and 5 year famine, for examples.)  The Soviet planners didn’t have a lot of outright famines after a while, because they learned to cheat off free market planning to get price signals. After a while, they just had chronic shortages and misery. Just because you look over someone’s shoulder doesn’t mean you’re going to get an A on the test. Had there not been market information available to tutor the commissars, the Soviet Union would have imploded long before WW2. Similarly, socialized medicine benefits even more dramatically from the information, innovation and competition of free market medicine. Compare patent applications and grants in socialized medicine countries compared to pre-Obama America. There is no question that socialized medicine strongly negatively affects medical innovation. If you don’t think this matters then you’ll be willing to take this deal: Free healthcare for any treatment that is more than 50 years old. Free market prices for everything else. You accept this deal for movies and music, why not have “public domain” medical care? I would absolutely support the government paying just for public domain medical care. If you’re still not getting what I’m putting out, if Obamacare had been ratified in 1787, you’d be getting taxed for $200 leeches now. Canada and England and Sweden are in deep shit if we ever start acting like they do. They will no longer be able to second-hand our 10 year old innovations. If Obamacare is fully implemented, today will be about as good as it ever gets in healthcare. That matters more than it ever did before as we are on the edge of quantum leaps in treatment that need free market pricing and profit to keep them going.  Leeches, motherfucker! Do you speak it?
  4. The Democrat Party. They’ll probably lose the presidency in 2012 because of this. What these turds don’t realize is that with Obamacare only partly implemented, millions of Americans have seen the promises of lower costs and better coverage betrayed. Hell, my healthcare is sucking it hard. Of course, I’m one of those “Cadillac-plan” people so I deserve it. My wife’s health care plan has always sucked, but she works part time. Now it’s sucking with force. No matter how much that smug little bitch Obama talks, everyone notices that money is already being hoovered (obama’ed?) out of their wallets every paycheck.  Obama says it’s going to get better as time goes on.  Let’s say he’s right. Who’s going to believe him? That speech today was one of the weakest touchdown dances of all time. It will come back to haunt him.
  5. The Republican Party. They’ll probably squander this opportunity to roll back government and they’ll make a hash of it like GWB did. At a certain point, the system collapses and I don’t the see the Republicans doing much to stop it, just feeble attempts mostly for publicity to retard it, like the retards they all are. I do have to admit that I have this sneaking admiration for Mitt Romney as a guy who can navigate all this and keep it going for as long as possible. President Ahab.

I have a huge crush on John Roberts right now.

Think not just about what he did but how he gamed it out. He went Bobby Fischer without the crazy. He torpedoed Abomicare from a direction they did not expect and made them like it. He took advantage of liberal/progressive illiteracy about economics and real politics (where you have to get other people to agree with you voluntarily), and created a disaster for Congress. Those dbags now have to figure out how to implement this as a tax, not a “mandate.”  He set all the MSM idiots back on their heels with their attempts to discredit the Court. He fired a warning shot at the Feds that the commerce clause stretches only so far. He got the liberal dumbasses on the Court to think they’d won a victory when they just signed the ugly, mob-violence death of Abomicare.

And he did it all with simplicity and elegance. He cut through to the fundamental prevarication of Obamacare–that it wouldn’t cost anybody anything–and exposed it. He made everyone realize they have skin in this game, and if your costs go down, mine go up. And that the IRS is going to enforce this. He blocked the bastards on the commerce clause, for the first time in the last 100 years.

Roberts’ decision is one of the most beautiful solutions to a problem that I have ever seen. He trusts this to play out for the best. That’s what it really means to have the courage of your convictions, and he did.

A lot of people are already talking about how Roberts was bullied into this. Fuck you, every one of you. You have no idea of the difference between the mundane and the sublime.


What the Supreme Court Really Said about Obamacare

June 28, 2012

They said that if Congress is going to enforce and fund it, they can only do it as a tax.

Think about the practicalities of that.

It’s very likely Congress will try to integrate this with income tax and withholding and your health insurance provider will be required to file information with the IRS about your insurance status and changes in it. Oh, what an amazing and even more unpopular mess this is going to be.

Congress left a flaming bag of shit on the Supremes’ doorstep, and John Roberts just walked it back across the street, still on fire, rang the doorbell and ran.


A picture that better be worth 270 words

June 24, 2012


Brett Kimberlin Sucks It

May 28, 2012

Just sayin’.

At least he knows how to get a day named after him on the Internet.

In case any more gubmint agents are reading this blog, I’m not joking or being metaphorical this time:

I will absolutely throw a party celebrating his death if someone kills him. I’m not saying someone should kill him to give me an excuse to throw a party.

I’m just sayin’.