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To Bernie Sanders, “we” means “the federal government”

by Crowhill on 20 April 2016

Last night I listened to about an hour of a Bernie Sanders stump speech. He had some interesting things to say, and I understand why so many people are enamored of him.

But there was a theme that ran through his talk that I think most people miss. In his mind, whenever “we” ought to do something, that means the federal government should do it.

For example, if “we” ought to ensure that everyone has adequate health care, it goes without saying (in his mind) that the solution will be found in some change to federal programs.

Never mind whether the constitution allows it or not. Never mind whether it might be better for some other organization to do it.

No, the line goes straight from “we ought to be doing this” to “put the federal government in charge.”

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I still wonder — how will the economy function when robots do all the work?

by Crowhill on 19 April 2016

As robots take over more and more things, the inevitable question will be, “Are humans necessary?”

The fact that such a question is conceivable is evidence that we have gone very wrong.

6 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2016-04-19  ::  Crowhill

What would you call someone …

by Crowhill on 19 April 2016

… who believed men can marry men, men have a right to pee in the women’s bathroom, and it should be the policy of the United States to allow people to stay in the country illegally?

Not too many years ago you would have called that person insane.

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Science is broken

by Crowhill on 18 April 2016

Big Science is broken

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Should we reject *all* conspiracy theories?

by Crowhill on 18 April 2016

I heard a new one yesterday. The government is controlling us with the chemicals released in airplane vapor trails — which are called “chem trails”.

It’s easy to dismiss that sort of thing. But just because there are lots of crazy conspiracy theories, does that mean all of them are crazy?

How about this one. (From this page. HT Vox Day.)

It was 1969. Kate invited me to join her for a gathering at the home of her friend, Lila Karp. They called the assemblage a “consciousness-raising-group,” a typical communist exercise, something practiced in Maoist China. We gathered at a large table as the chairperson opened the meeting with a back-and-forth recitation, like a Litany, a type of prayer done in Catholic Church. But now it was Marxism, the Church of the Left, mimicking religious practice:

“Why are we here today?” she asked.
“To make revolution,” they answered.
“What kind of revolution?” she replied.
“The Cultural Revolution,” they chanted.
“And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” she demanded.
“By destroying the American family!” they answered.
“How do we destroy the family?” she came back.
“By destroying the American Patriarch,” they cried exuberantly.
“And how do we destroy the American Patriarch?” she replied.
“By taking away his power!”
“How do we do that?”
“By destroying monogamy!” they shouted.
“How can we destroy monogamy?”

Their answer left me dumbstruck, breathless, disbelieving my ears. Was I on planet earth? Who were these people?

“By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution and homosexuality!” they resounded.

They proceeded with a long discussion on how to advance these goals by establishing The National Organization of Women. It was clear they desired nothing less than the utter deconstruction of Western society. The upshot was that the only way to do this was “to invade every American institution. Every one must be permeated with ‘The Revolution’”: The media, the educational system, universities, high schools, K-12, school boards, etc.; then, the judiciary, the legislatures, the executive branches and even the library system.

It sounds ludicrous. It’s so much easier to understand “the sexual revolution” as the confluence of lots of cultural changes, urged on by the triumph of unrestrained desire over common sense. But … on the other hand, destroying the family would weaken the nation, and we do have enemies.

My opinion is that these little commie cell groups just happened to be aligned with what was happening culturally for lots of other reasons. IOW, yes, there was a conspiracy to destroy the American family, but they were riding a wave rather than causing one.

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Do men need to check their privilege?

by Crowhill on 17 April 2016

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I’m sick of “hate”

by Crowhill on 15 April 2016

Yes, I suppose I do mean it in the butterflies and flowers sense, that I wish all the rain drops were lemon drops and gum drops (provided they fell slowly) and, for that matter, wouldn’t it be nice if bunnies could talk and lions lay down for a tofu sandwich with the lambs. But what I really mean is that I’m sick of how easily the word “hate” is being used today.

Taylor Swift says haters are gonna hate, but I think the real truth is that haters are gonna accuse other people of hate.

People throw the word around so much that it’s become commonplace, and you don’t even have to defend it any more.

At lunch one day this week I picked up the print edition of The Washington Post and saw this headline: “The affable, youthful face of hate in America.”

It took quite a few inches of text before I got any clue why the Post thought the guy was a “hater.” I have absolutely no interest in defending him, but in the back of my mind I’m thinking, “yeah, this is just the left hating on people they disagree with.” Because that’s usually the way it goes.

If you’re going to accuse somebody of being “the face of hate in America,” don’t you think you ought to explain why he deserves such a title?

Apparently not to the editors at the Post. Accusing somebody of hate is just an everyday thing.

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“Broadcasting from Mordor …”

by Crowhill on 14 April 2016

Pigweed messages me today and says I have to listen to Milo Yiannopoulos’ podcast interview with Ann Coulter. I dutifully download it to Podcast Addict and plan to listen to it this evening.

Then I get home and my daughter says she was listening to some internet thing about “broadcasting from Mordor, the Borg cube and Voldemort’s castle” or something like that, saying that it was aimed at “the ultimate nerd.” I figure it was … some nerd thing.

Later in the evening it comes time to empty the dishwasher, so I fire up the podcast player, and … the Mordor thing is the introduction to Milo’s broadcast.

Broadcasting live from Mordor, the Borg cube and Voldemort’s lair all at the same time

It’s pretty funny stuff, but … be warned. It’s PG-13.

Ann Coulter excuses Trump’s … Trumpishness … by saying “In order to have a guy who has the [courage] to take on the entire conservative media … the entire liberal media, the entire Republican establishment … you’re going to have to live with some rough edges.” (That’s not an exact quote.)

Take on conservative media? Surely you jest, Ann. They’re all in the tank for Trump, right?

No. She says you have to follow the money, and when you do you realize that most of conservative media doesn’t earn its keep in the free market but relies on a sponsor, and most of those sponsors are very anti Trump.

It’s interesting stuff.

4 comments  ::  Add your comment  ::  2016-04-14  ::  Crowhill

What if I reject the premise and say “gender equality” is nonsense?

by Crowhill on 14 April 2016

I’ve read that sex-selective abortion is fairly common. There’s a proposed bill called the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) that would prohibit abortions sought solely on the basis of the race or sex of the unborn.

I don’t know how you would enforce such a thing. I can picture the abortionist saying, “The government requires me to ask you this question. If you want to have the abortion, all you have to do is answer no. So here’s the question: ‘Is the sex or race of the child your only reason for having an abortion?'”

Anyway, however all that works out, some feminists are upset that the bill, aimed to prevent discrimination on the basis of race and sex, is racist and sexist. (You have to major in women’s studies to understand that kind of logic.)

It’s just another example of feminist insanity, I suppose, but that’s no more interesting than a dog barking. What grabbed my attenion as I read this story over my eggs this morning is the way crazy assumptions go unchallenged. One of the protesters said this.

Even though it is cloaked in language of civil and women’s rights, this bill is antithetical to gender and racial equality.

Notice how “gender and racial equality” is assumed to be a goal. Or, IOW, if something is against gender and racial equality then it has to be a bad thing.

I’m for racial equality, but gender equality is simple nonsense. It’s a phrase devoid of meaningful content whether you approach it biologically, sociologically or legally.

The first two categories are obvious, so I won’t bother to argue them, but some might object on the third point. “Men and women are equal before the law,” they might say.

Except that they’re not.

Some people point to the fact that women get lighter sentences for the same crimes, but IMO that’s not inequality as a matter of law, but inequality in application. (Unless the sentencing guidelines are actually different by sex, but I don’t think they are.)

The two best examples of gender inequality as a matter of law are the right to vote and the right to custody of a child.

Women have an unqualified right to vote. Men can only vote if they register for the draft. That’s not “gender equality,” but you don’t see feminists campaigning against it. (Yes, a few do, but the majority do not.)

When it comes to custody of children …

“[s]ince 1920, it has been assumed that women, by nature, are better suited to love and care for children”

(See footnote 3 in this document.)

The family courts are relentlessly anti-male.

So, “gender equality” is rubbish from start to finish, but it’s an example of the lie that, repeated often enough, goes unchallenged. No Congresscritter would have the courage to stop a feminist in her testimony and say that “gender equality” is nonsensical and not a legitimate standard to apply when evaluating a new bill.

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The age of decadence

by Crowhill on 13 April 2016

This article makes an interesting point. The Age of Decadence?

He’s using decadence in a different sense. Not as in moral debauchery, but as in a state of exhaustion. The idea is that we’re just worn out and have no new ideas.

(HT Instapundit.)

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An egregious example
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I’m not worried about the wall
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“To be fair …”
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Is porn immoral?