Markets, Ideas, and Democracy

Markets, Ideas, and Democracy

Tyranny of the minority demonstrates that an overemphasis on individual liberty without a sense of a community WILL fail. The blood of the last century demonstrates that central control will be seized by the psychopathsI really don't know the source of the quote - I think it was inspired either by a comment or a podcast and summarized by me, but it's pithy, and it's true. It encompasses both the failures of an overemphasis on atomic individualism, and an overemphasis on defaulting to the government as the source of power. Atomic individuals are susceptible to the tyranny of the intolerant…

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Grab Bag Posting

The inevitable yet "surprising" end of Panera's socialist restaurant experiment. Who'd have thought that asking freeloader types who want other people's money to pay their fair share out of the good ness of their heart to get a meal would leave you going broke? I know, sarcasm. While on the topic of inevitable yet surprising, who'd have thought that inviting in the third world would bring about third world conditions? Wesson's motion includes a call for an audit of all the live plants in every city-owned and city-operated building, including the varieties that "are most attractive to…

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It's the Socialism, Stupid

It's the Socialism, Stupid

“Start by being warm, pleasant, & generous w/every person you meet; but if someone tries to exercise power over you, exercise power over him; & if he messes w/you, remember to keep messing w/him long after he has forgotten about it”. Silver Rule of Fat Tony in N. N. Taleb’s #SkinInTheGame I’ve said it before – socialism is evil. Not kidding, then or now. While I’ve respected Dr Peterson’s work, and still think his explanation of the symbolism of myth/etc., and the reasons why you should follow common sense advice, and why identity…

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The Servile State

The Servile State

Over at the Zblog, the Z man has a few thoughts on what happens when you combine the worst aspects of capitalism and socialism. The result is that the business is forced to hire people it may not wish to hire, but the state also dictates to labor how and when they can sell their labor. Put another way, the poor are forced to serve the rich, but the rich are forced to be generous to the poor, looking out for their welfare. It is a social contract enforced at the barrel of a gun. It has the inequality of…

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Leftism's Strange, Procrustean Bed

Leftism's Strange, Procrustean Bed

I’ve mentioned before – socialism is evil. I’ll go further. Leftism is a death cult of the mind, of the spirit, of thought, and finally, of bodies. Jordan Peterson can indeed argue that post-modernism didn’t come about until the 70’s – which explains why, even as murderous as they were, the leftism of Lenin, Stalin, and Mao were at least coherent, and so were their followers in the west – but I would argue that while it may not have gone off the rails until then, the seeds were there, and it was inevitable. And as has been repeatedly…

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Socialism is Evil

Socialism is Evil

No, I’m not kidding. I fully realize that there are some damn good people who fully believe in socialism. Some, like Orwell, have the excuse that it hadn’t been broadly applied such that it’s inherent failures could be exposed for all the world to see – and even he, as time went on, began to change his views. It’s no coincidence that 1984 and Animal Farm were eviscerations of totalitarian systems like the Soviet Union, or just in general. Others, well intentioned, not necessarily stupid, though likely being more than a little of what Nassim Taleb would…

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