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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Iconic!

Sean L, commenting at the Gay Patriot blog -- "The picture of the Europeans standing over the victim and the African Muslim walking past had better become as iconic as the girl kneeling over the body of her fellow student at Kent State. No image better incapsulates the antipathy that the Muslim world feels towards the West."

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'Comparative Advantage' Explained

David Friedman explains Comparative Advantage

Gentle Reader may recall that the notoriously dishonest 'Vox Day' likes to assert that 'comparative advantage' is a false theory (*), and that ergo 'free trade' is disadvantageous to one partner in the trade, namely the wealthier one (i.e. *us*), and that ergo, 'free trade' makes us less wealthy as a nation and as individuals, and that ergo protectionism -- that is, using the threat of government force and violence to compel most of us to subsidize a few of us (**) -- will make us wealthier as a nation and as individuals.

One of the things I wish Gentle Reader to notice about the above "logic" is the conflation, in tried-and-true leftist fashion, between the individual and the collective. This deliberate conflation is why I say that 'Vox Day' is a leftist, for all his claiming that his so-called "alt-right" is the *real* right. Given the direction of appeal to your passions, he is more a fascist than a communist; but fascism is just as much socialism and just as much "of the left" as communism is.

As I have explained before --

* If I buy a bottle of wine from my neighbor across the street, the conducted trade is between two actual individual human beings; surely even those who have never given such matters any thought can see that;

* If, however, I buy a bottle of wine from a producer in California, does the true situation change? Is the trade still between two actual individual human beings (albeit with some number of middle-men in between us for marketing and transport and so forth)? Or, has the trade somehow been elevated to some collective level, such that the trade is now actually between the State of Ohio and the State of California? Surely even those who have never given such matters any thought can see that nothing fundamental has changed about the trade itself, it is *still* one individual trading his money for another individual's goods; the difference is that now two (or more) government entities have become aware of the trade between the two individuals and consequently desire to tax it;

* But, suppose I decide instead to buy a bottle of wine from a producer in France. Has the true situation changed? Is the trade still between two actual individual human beings (albeit with some number of middle-men in between us for marketing and transport and so forth)? Or, has the trade somehow been elevated to some collective level, such that the trade is now actually between the United States of America and the Republic of France? Surely even those who have never given such matters any thought can see that nothing fundamental has changed about the trade itself, it is *still* one individual trading his money for another individual's goods; the difference is that now two (or more) government entities have become aware of the trade between the two individuals and consequently desire to tax it;

* ERGO: 'free trade' between nation-states is no more disadvantageous to anyone with a legitimate interest in the matter than 'free trade' between you and the guy across the street is. Whom 'free trade' is disadvantageous to are those individuals who are unwilling to offer to you some good or service you desire to buy at a price that you would freely choose to pay had you less expensive alternatives available. Thus, *those* individuals tend to demand 'protectionism'; that is, they demand that the state use the thread of force and violence-unto-death to prevent you from freely trading with the fellow who *is* unwilling to offer to you the good or service you desire to buy at a price that you would freely choose to pay given the available alternatives.

'Protectionism' is not about protecting *you*, and it will never "Make America Great Again". 'Protectionism' is about protecting the income-stream of the organized and politically connected few at the expense of the unorganized many. And *you* are in "the many", always.



(*) He asserts that 'comparative advantage' has been logically and empirically shown to be contrary-to-reality ... apparently, some guy somewhere waved his arms, and Presto! So, Gentle Reader, if you are unsure of what the concept 'comparative advantage' signifies, please do read Mr Friedman's discussion and illustrations of it.

(**) How did that very same reasoning work out for "green energy" and "ObamaCare"?

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On a related side note --

Given (as shown above) that governments do not engage in trade, but rather that individuals do, the "trade deficit" is a boogeyman.

If Americans collectively buy more goods and services from Frenchmen than Frenchmen buy from Americans, that fact itself does not harm the United States of America. If this state of affairs persists for a hundred years, it still does not harm the United States of America. If, after the one hundred years, certain Americans are so indebted to certain Frenchmen that they can no longer find lenders willing to lend them even more money to continue in the lifestyle to which they have grown accustomed, that still does not harm the United States of America.

What *will* harm the United States of America is if the living-beyond-their-means of some individual Americans -- no matter if those persons *never* buy foreign goods -- is subsidized by the government of the United States of America taking on debt so as to give them the money to continue to live beyond their means.

And that is the situation in which we find ourselves.

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On a second and very related side note --

Another conflation that the notoriously dishonest 'Vox Day' likes to assert in his quest to convince you to agree to economically hobble yourself ... and to do it to me via threat of government violence-unto death ... is between an actual human being and the labor of that human being. This is what he is doing when he joins (some) libertarians and "liberals" (i.e. the "progressive" dupes of the leftists) in asserting that the logic of 'free trade' entails a commitment to 'open borders' ... and thus to the destruction of one's very nation via demographic and cultural replacement.

Let us consider this:

If I buy a bottle of wine, I am not buying *only* fermented grape juice. Hell! I could ferment some grape juice, but it would not be wine (*), and I would not risk my health to consume it. No, if I buy a bottle of wine, I am also (and I would say *primarily*) buying the knowledge and labor of the producer.

So, whether I buy that bottle of wine from a Californian or from a Frenchman, I am also buying the knowledge and labor of that person; but I am not buying the person himself.

What the notoriously dishonest 'Vox Day' is asserting with his dishonest conflation of the labor for the laborer is that IF you allow me to import the labor of a Frenchman, THEN you must also allow me to import the Frenchman himself.

That, as the saying goes, does not follow. ERGO, the conflation if 'free trade' with 'open borders' is a lie.


(*) My parents used to buy and can produce, including grapes. Now and again, a jar didn't seal properly, and we'd end up with a jar of fermented grapes.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sad little echo chamber

... populated by sad, pathetic PW'd "brave" "men"

I read Dalrock's blog from time to time, but have rarely commented there. Yesterday,
I commented in this thread ... and because it's a sad little echo chamber, populated by sad, pathetic PW'd un-men, some of them started shrieking like harpies about this comment --
hooked on cant (*):I’d also be curious to see a successful marriage where the husband doesn’t somehow acknowledge and cope with his wife’s hypergamous nature.

You poor, poor, “gamers” and your invented cant.

‘Hypergamy’ does not refer to slutishness (of which you “gamers” approve … until it bites you in the ass).

‘Hypergamy’ does not refer to the state of living your life as though life itself, and marriage, were a meat-market singles bar.

‘Hypergamy’ does not refer to the mindset of treating your “commitments” as disposable.

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What ‘hypergamy’ *does* refer to is the near-universal desire-and-need of women who wish to rear children to marry men with more resources than they themselves have.

‘Hypergamy’ is a *good* thing.
(*) 'hooked on cant' is part of my comment on the post to which I was responding; the guy called himself 'God Is Laughing'

Someone calling himself 'feministhater' replied
‘Hypergamy’ is a *good* thing.

It is female nature. It is not good. As a man’s nature is to spread his seed. The contention is that once you make a vow, you are to control your base nature and keep those vows. It’s about control. The practice of hypergamy, that is monkey branching, is not good, it is not right to leave a husband because the wife thinks she found a better deal.

This is nonsense, part of it is made up words for what is usually called ‘greed and selfishness’. You made a vow, stick to it, through thick and thin. That is what makes something good. The time for a woman trying to pick the best possible husband is when she is young, fertile and not married. Once the choice is made, bar very strict criteria, the vow is to be kept.

Destroying a marriage and thus a family because of the hypergamous nature of women is not a good thing. It is bad and evil. Get it through your heads, call them out on their shit or don’t complain. Stop making evil things good, this is a curse handed out by God for the disobedience of Eve. They are evil traits that are to be controlled through marriage.

And, since doubled-down BS really torqes me, I replied
me:‘Hypergamy’ is a *good* thing.

feminismlover:It is female nature. It is not good.

So, it’s “female nature” to seek to secure the best available father for her future children *before* she has them …*and* somehow that’s not a good thing. Gotcha!

feminismlover:As a man’s nature is to spread his seed.

That isn’t actually true; that is a lie promulgated by the sexually perverse men who invented feminism in the forst place as a means to use other men’s daughters as consequence-free sexual play-things.

feminismlover:The practice of hypergamy, that is monkey branching, is not good, it is not right to leave a husband because the wife thinks she found a better deal.

That is not what the term actually means. That’s the twisted cant you “gammer” fools have invented.

You people don’t *hate* feminism nor the so-called sexual revolution; what you hate is that *you* (you, personally, yourself) turned out to be the “useful idiot”.

I see that one of the fools accused me of being someone who goes by the handle 'InsanityBytes', and the particular fool replied to that assertion with --
It is actually Insanity bytes. As soon as the words ‘That isn’t actually true; that is a lie promulgated by the sexually perverse men who invented feminism in the forst place as a means to use other men’s daughters as consequence-free sexual play-things.’ all was revealed.

Nice straw man, but you’re arguing against demons in your mind. Always have been. Sort out your own shit, don’t stay here. Go away.
It has always seemed to me that those who are so quick to accuse others of using sock-puppets do so because that's something they themselves would do.

my response to the above --
feminismlover: “… Go away.

Translation: ‘Cause Heaven knows, the last thing this little echo chamber needs is someone able to speak truth.

the fool's response --
Oh yes, you are always here to speak the truth. You misrepresent, make up straw men and then pretend that you are telling the truth.

Fuck off, go away, no one wants or needs your bile here.

... and apparently Dalrock is afraid that I'll frighten the herd with some actual facts to counter their "game" cant.



So, here is what is I *would* say in response to the previous fool's foolish post --

me: "‘Hypergamy’ does not refer to [any of the various things for which you "gamer" fools use the word] ... What ‘hypergamy’ *does* refer to [is what is colloquially called "marrying up"] ... ‘Hypergamy’ is a *good* thing."

some pathetic PW'd fool: "It is female nature. It is not good."

The fool is insisting on misusing the term 'hypergamy' to refer to the tendency of modern "strong, independent" women -- to which they were trained up from birth in this sexually perverse society, perverted by the leftist variant called 'feminism' -- to never *commit* to one-and-only-one man.

One: even when the term 'hypergamy' is used correctly, it is not part of the nature of women to "marry up"; it's advantageous to do so, which is quite a different thing from being innate nature.

Two: if it were indeed a woman’s nature to never *commit* to one-and-only-one man, then why doesn't that really make women happy? How can it be that living/behaving according to what is asserted to be the nature of women does not make women happy in the long run, but in fact, generally makes them miserable?

some pathetic PW'd fool: "As a man’s nature is to spread his seed."

One: by "spread his seed", the fool does not mean fathering and rearing children; he means using women as sterile cum dumps.

Two: if it were indeed "a man’s nature is to spread his seed", then why doesn't that really make men happy? How can it be that living/behaving according to what is asserted to be the nature of men does not make men happy in the long run, but in fact, generally makes them miserable?


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Courting vs Dating

What is the difference between courting a woman and 'dating' a woman (or, rather, a girl who may be chronologically adult)?

Courting is *explicitly* aimed at marriage. When a man is courting a woman, he is *explicitly* announcing that he thinks she is a suitable marriage partner; the fact of the courtship is to get to know one another well enough to decide whether to make the mutual commitment.

On the other hand, 'dating' isn't aimed at anything. Well, at its (limited) best it isn't aimed at anything (*); usually it is aimed at getting her (**) in the sack for no-committment sex.


(*) "Let's see where this goes" is not a plan, and it rarely leads to success. Men and women being men and women, "where this goes" generally turns out to be the back seat of a car, or some similarly ridiculous place to "make love". And that generally leads to getting married to an unsuitable person, which then generally leads to divorce.


(**) Edit: I don't mean to imply that women don't also try to use men for less than noble ends, including using them as walking dildos.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Security!

I went down to the county court house this past Monday to pay my property taxes (*). Before I could get into the building, I had to go through one of those security kabuki check-points -- empty my pockets into a plastic tray for one of the (supposedly) armed (overweight) middle-aged employees of the county sherrif to send through a scanner while I walked through another.

It's the same thing at the city building, and it has more public entrances.

Multiply this by all (or most) of the public buildings in the USA.

This is leftist "reasoning": rather than just prohibiting Moslems -- who are the hands-down overwhelming perpetrators of terrorism worldwide -- from entering the USA, we must pretend -- at great expense and waste of resources -- that all Americans are potential terrorists.

It's like after the 2000 elections didn't go in the Democrats' favor. The Democrats (i.e. the "Evil Party", controled by leftist haters of America) pretended that the simple paper punch ballots we had been using for decades were "too confusing" (for Democrat voters) ... and so, at great expense and waste of resources, we now have those damned electronic voting stations all over the country, which constantly malfuncion (seemingly always in favor of the Democrats) ... and of which after the 2016 elections didn't go in the Democrats' favor they claimed were "hacked" by the Russians.


It's like the motto of the leftists is, "There is no "problem" that a little (disingenuous) ingenuity can't make worse!"







(*) I have no income, but the tax man will still confiscate my property if I don't pay up. It's like a Mafia thing.

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Secularism!

Shadow to Light: "Does Secularism Make You More Vulnerable to Mental Illness?

I haven’t given this topic a lot of consideration, but the correlation between secularism and mental illness does seem worthy of further examination.
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Of course being a secularist makes one more "vulnerable" to mental illness. This is because the foundational rationale of promulgating and ultimately imposing secularism upon society is a deliberate lie -- "You can't/shouldn't legislate morality!"

That above two-pronged claim is both incoherent and self-refuting; consider --

"You shouldn't legislate morality" -- This assertion is not only false, but is itself a moral claim. Thus, as a legislative prescription, it is self-refuting.

"You can't legislate morality" -- This assertion is false; and it is a deliberate lie: the people (i.e. generally leftists and 'atheists') who promote this have no intention of "not legislating morality" once they gain power ... for that is impossible in any event. Rather, they what to bamboozle people with a (relatively) normal moral compass into believing the lie, as a step on the way to imposing their own twisted morality upon those same people.

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There is *always* a "god of the system"; and if that god isn't the Creator of men, it will be a creation of men; if that god isn't the God who feeds men, it will be a god who feeds off men.

To legislate *just is* it impose someone's moral conceptions upon the society ruled by that legislature; there is no such thing as moral neutrality ... and the people (i.e. generally leftists and 'atheists') pretending to advocate for moral neutrality know this, and have no intention of abiding by their claims of moral neutrality once they have power over your lives. Just look at what they have been doing (in merely the USA) in the past few years, before they even have the full control over State violence that they seek.

So: "Does Secularism Make You More Vulnerable to Mental Illness?"

Answer: Does trying to live contrary to reality "make you more vulnerable to mental illness"? Or: Is trying to live contrary to reality evidence that one is *already* mentally ill?

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Activism!

Shadow To Light: The Cult of Activism "Over the last few years, I have noticed a common thread among the influential, prolific, and/or very public activists – they are unemployed. And because they are unemployed, they seek money through their activism in the form of speeches, books, donations, etc. That’s how they support themselves."

The essential prerequisite of being an "activist" is the desire to "change the world." Or, to put that more bluntly (and more honestly) -- the essential prerequisite of being an "activist" is the desire to change other people ... coupled with the sure knowledge of how those other people need to live their lives.

So, given that, it's rather ludicrous, don't you think, to expect an "activist" to seek out and hold down an actual job to support herself (*)? Why, if an "activist" attended to her own business, however would she find the time to attend to yours?


(*) do you see what I did there?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

General purpose leftist call-and-response

What do we want?

What we want!

When do we want it?

When we want it!

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Contemptible Coward

This post is to mock the contemptible cowardice of John C. Wright, published science fiction author (*) ... ... and pussified poseur

Check this out --


Explanation follows --




(*) Science fiction author: form your own opinion

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Will code for food

As of yesterday (2016/11/29), I am unemployed. On the bright side, at least the monkey of having to justify my continued employment by taking those stupid MicroSoft certification tests every few years is off my back.

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