Virtue and the State

Virtue and the State

Or "The Personal is Political" If you're not sure where you've heard it, it's a leftist catch phrase popularized a while back along with "think global, act local" to enforce that every little personal decision has political ramifications. That no personal decision you made was outside of the scope of your political/ideological beliefs. That everything was Caesar's and nothing was owed to God or yourself. In a way, it leveraged a truth - that every choice you make reflects what you actually believe - but corrupted it because if there are no boundaries between you…

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Rights and Responsibility

Or... skin in the game. Despite it being put together by Sargon of Akkad - who used to occasionally make a good point - I gave his overview of the politics of Starship Troopers a fair shake. FWIW - if you go in understanding that it will be filtered through his somewhat leftist-if-not-sjw worldview and that he bought into the lie that Nazis and fascists are somehow right wing, it nevertheless does completely disassemble the notion that ST is in any way fascist. What moved me to write this though was the reminder that ST wasn't just a political screed,…

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Utopia

Utopia

An interesting post on the impossibility of utopias at Empire Must Fall. Every utopia fails. They fail because the consequences of their contradictions finally hollow them out and cause them to collapse, which is exactly how empires falls, and often by the same ultimate event: insiders turn traitors and throw open the gates to hostile outsiders. And yes, I do mean every utopia. The excuse is irrelevant; the results are the same: oppression, poverty, misery, and death- lots and lots of easily preventable, avoidable, and often deliberately-inflicted death. Its psychology is that of a willful child, insisting that it has…

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Tax Inducements (Cuts) are Giveaways?

Tax Inducements (Cuts) are Giveaways?

I don’t usually watch much of Sargon of Akkad anymore. While his routine was funny at first, it has devolved into a largely “point and say ‘how stupid'” exercise in the vein of Jon Stewart. That said, as a self-admitted leftist he nevertheless has a degree of intellectual honesty that largely escapes the left, and sometimes he catches something interesting. So – I watched the following video, which indeed had some of the Young Turks crew shutting down a Q&A session in full petty totalitarian mode (“they’ll come back and take questions from “real students” – implying the…

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