Thursday, August 31, 2017

A materialist imagines that for the first time in history we are free

Wow, while I wasn't looking utopia suddenly arrived. Reminds me of nothing so much as Millerism.

It never occurs to this guy that "the end of the working class" can mean only one thing. The middle class replaces the old working class and becomes the new working class. And that won't be good for your bank account.


We can hope for something better because, for the first time in history, we are free to choose something better. The low productivity of traditional agriculture meant that mass oppression was unavoidable; the social surplus was so meager that the fruits of civilization were available only to a tiny elite, and the specter of Malthusian catastrophe was never far from view. Once the possibilities of a productivity revolution through energy-intensive mass production were glimpsed, the creation of urban proletariats in one country after another was likewise driven by historical necessity. The economic incentives for industrializing were obvious and powerful, but the political incentives were truly decisive. When military might hinged on industrial success, geopolitical competition ensured that mass mobilizations of working classes would ensue.

Helen Raleigh sounds the alarm: Antifa is Mao's Red Guard

If you read nothing this year, you must read this:


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Meanwhile, we get "broken window fallacy" nonsense from The New York Times about Hurricane Harvey

Destroy the previous products of GDP which produced GDP of their own, and presto! More GDP!

Might as well just print the stuff on steroids and spend it.

About 21% of taxpayer money and borrowings is already misallocated to expenditure by the federal government. Some of that is absolutely necessary, but even that is not spent well.

Hurricanes aren't called disasters for nothing.


Ellen Zentner, chief United States economist at Morgan Stanley, said that although Hurricane Harvey’s impact on national gross domestic product in the third quarter might be fairly neutral, “the lagged effects of rebuilding homes and replacing motor vehicles can lost longer,” providing a lift to gross domestic product in the fourth quarter and beyond.

On the other hand, an extended rise in gasoline prices could have a more immediate effect. Each 10-cent rise in the price of gasoline is equivalent to a $10 billion tax on consumers, Ms. Zentner said, so “should higher prices be sustained, it would rob other categories of spending as dollars are diverted to filling tanks.” ...

The economic impact of the storm will not be clear with any degree of accuracy for a while. But given Houston’s commercial importance — and its perch along a well-trod hurricane zone — economists and others have long taken it for granted that an epic storm would hit the region eventually, so have a head start on the numbers.

Today would be a good day for Trump quietly to sink a few North Korean submarines


Monday, August 28, 2017

There were lots and lots of articles today about a tax reform bill . . .

. . . as if the Obamacare repeal debacle had never even happened.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Laugh of the Day: "Maybe this will chase all the Katrina refugees back to New Orleans"

Seen here in the comments.

Fissures are erupting between BLM and antifa: Antifa accuses BLM in Dallas of being cops

The white antifa in Dallas were told by BLM to take off their masks and go home, shades of "take off your hoods".

Blacks are beginning to call out antifa as KKK.

Now that's progress!

Videos here and here.

Cuckservative schizophrenia at The Weekly Standard: 27 antifa arrests for anti-police violence in Boston, but Trump still wrong

From the August 20th story here, which also misses the growing polarization between antifa and BLM:

The atmosphere of the counter-protest was not as violent as these sentiments. Nor, with the exception of the small antifa group, was there the whiff of militarism that leaks from the alt-right. So President Trump was wrong to characterize the crowd as “anti-police agitators.” ...

In the park, the counter-protesters divided into two camps. The BLM protesters gathered on one side, the socialist groups on another. Eventually, the antifa and the police got to grips. The Police Department tweeted a request that people stop throwing “urine, bottles, and other harmful projectiles at our officers.” Twenty-seven people were arrested.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

The victims surrender: Half a million fools march in Barcelona against Islamophobia

From the story here:

"We are here to say we're not afraid, we are united and we want peace," said 59-year-old pensioner Victoria Padilla as she marched. Slogans carried by marchers read "The best answer: peace" and "No to Islamophobia".

Police estimated the march at half a million people.

Members of Spain's Islamic community marched alongside the King and Prime Minister Rajoy, including women wearing hijabs. Speakers gave readings next to a floral display with the words 'Barcelona' and 'I am not afraid' in different languages including Arabic.

Barcelona used to be an outpost of the Frankish Kingdom, but now it embraces the enemy there


Cucks in Catalonia: In Spain the victims pretend there can be unity with the perpetrators


Jonah Goldberg knows a thing or two about self-hatred

In "Behind the monument wars is a plague of self-hatred", Goldberg calls self-hatred a "Western disease". Gee, where'd we catch that?

The mobs of students — and their enabling professors and administrators — renaming buildings and bowdlerizing the language are still products of Western civilization. Even the poseurs who think Googling a few phrases from Karl Marx and wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt make them anti-colonialists are disciples of Western thinkers. Where does Mark-Viverito think her mother’s feminism came from? The Arawaks? For centuries, to the extent that educated Muslims talked about the Crusades at all, it was to boast about how they emerged victorious from them.

But Osama bin Laden and his ilk read too much Noam Chomsky and caught the Western disease of victimization and resentment. That’s the plague sweeping the land now. And tearing down some statues and renaming some streets isn’t a cure, it’s a symptom.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Mexico lost the war, so all the Spanish names must go: Do you know the way to Saint Jo-seph?


Trump pardons Sheriff Joe

Story here.

Pardon me, sir, just doin' my job.

Why I haven't flown since TWA Flight 800

Memorial to Pam, Shannon and Katie Lychner, 3 of 230 who perished
I worked for a cargo airline at the time, and we went into freak-out mode after Flight 800 with cargo inspection procedures to prevent against the introduction of explosives. We were promised that technology was just around the corner to insure that everything going on the plane was safe, and that we wouldn't have to expend all the extra effort for long, opening up everything to check it ourselves. But it never happened, at least not adequately, and to this day it hasn't. For me, it meant operational burnout, and I quit.

You fly at your own risk. 

Crappy News Network reports, here, that the problems still remain:

As the TSA continues to study its current cargo screening protocols, it is unclear if or when it might implement any changes.

But an airport security official told CNN that new safety protocols and additional resources may not close all the gaps that exist in airline cargo security.

"Cargo is a vast area with lots of access points -- you can never get it completely right," said Mark Hatfield, chief security officer at Miami International Airport.

"It's something that keeps us up at night," he added.

My seventeen year-old said he wants to sit in the front row of a no-whites college orientation . . .

. . . just so he can tell the bastards who object that their kids will be pulling down a statue to him 100 years from now.

"And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father".

I'm so proud.

To libertarians there is no injustice too great which can be perpetrated in the pursuit of open borders


You know, we could make a LOT of money if we took our "allies'" oil "off the market", so to speak


Peter Berkowitz agrees with us that Hillary Clinton was the worst candidate since Mondale


Although Hillary Clinton won the 2016 popular vote, her Electoral College loss—the only result that is constitutionally relevant—to Donald Trump inflicted a trauma for Democrats comparable to 1984. True, Mondale’s margin of defeat was enormous, but he ran against a popular incumbent president and gifted politician whose policies were credited with reviving a moribund economy. And yes, Clinton fell a mere 70,000-combined votes short in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. But the embarrassing scandal for Democrats was that a race between their former secretary of state/former senator/former first lady and the major-party candidate with the highest disapproval ratings and the least political preparation in American history was even close.

But losing 20 states in 2016 to your party's loser from 2004 isn't just embarrassing. It's a sign of popular revulsion. 

Chris Jacobs for The Federalist favors the status quo on Medicaid in exchange for Obamacare repeal

It's uncanny how similar Chris Jacobs' overarching point is to the one we expressed here in June when we said that the status quo ante Obamacare was not the way forward, and that the way forward involves getting a buy-in from moderates and liberals on reform, but not repeal, of the Medicaid expansion in exchange for repeal of Obamacare root and branch.

The difference is in solving the funding problem. Jacobs admits his plan precludes "repealing all of Obamacare’s tax increases." Our idea doesn't, in exchange for a broadly based Medicaid payroll tax to democratize the costs. 50 million participants in the small group and individual markets are bearing the burden of funding "health insurance" for the poor, i.e. Medicaid, through grossly more expensive premiums and deductibles than before Obamacare.

As others have observed, the growth of the uninsured post-Obamacare is in this group because they can't afford it anymore.

The way forward is a compromise which keeps the Medicaid expansion, funds it fairly, retains state control of the program (federalism) just as now, and repeals Obamacare. 

Jacobs, here:

In both the House and the Senate, debate focused on a push-pull between two competing issues: The status of Medicaid expansion in the 31 states that accepted it, and what to do about Obamacare’s regulatory regime. During the spring and summer, congressional leaders attempted messy compromises on each issue, phasing out the higher federal match for Medicaid expansion populations over time, while crafting complex processes allowing states, insurers, or both to waive some—but not all—of Obamacare’s regulatory requirements.

But rather than constructing substantively cumbersome waiver arrangements—the legislative equivalent of a camel being a horse written by committee—Occam’s Razor suggests a simpler, cleaner solution: Preserving the status quo (i.e., the enhanced federal match) on Medicaid expansion in exchange for full repeal of Obamacare’s insurance regulations at the federal level.

A “grand bargain” in this vein would give Senate moderates a clear win on Medicaid expansion, while providing conservatives their desired outcome on Obamacare’s regulations. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled.


"The shortage of unskilled, non-English-speaking Mexicans we experienced in the '60s has been remedied by now"


We fought a civil war 150 years ago to force Democrats to give up slavery. They've become so desperate for servants that now they're importing an underclass to wash their clothes and pick their vegetables. This mass importation of unskilled immigrants is the left's new form of slavery. 

The hysteria continues: Simply featuring a picture of a white child is now white supremacy


Thankfully, shouting Allahu Akbar! is now like shouting Fire! in a crowded theatre in at least one city



What was that slogan from WaPo? Democracy dies in darkness? In Venice at least, the enemies of democracy will die in broad daylight.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Oh No! North Korea targets MLK Jr. monument in new poster!


Snapshot of Trump job approval up to the exit of Steve Bannon

Bannon and Conway took over the campaign management just one year ago, and now Bannon is out as chief strategist. Trump is up +1 in the approval average since Charlottesville on the 12th. We'll see what happens now.



HuffPo: The Jewish cabal running Trump can now get down to business


Hey Trump, stop being weak, the rights are already yours, not the courts' to give


Trump may or may not be building the military, but he sure as hell isn't building The Wall


Bannon is out

NYT, here.

Laugh of the Day: Daily Stormer found a workaround and is back up on the internet

https://dailystormer.lol

Pat Buchanan: Gov. McAwful goes full scalawag

Here at TakiMag:

Two years ago, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe called the giant statues of Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson on Richmond’s Monument Avenue “parts of our heritage.” After Charlottesville, New York-born-and-bred McAuliffe, entertaining higher ambitions, went full scalawag, demanding the statues be pulled down as “flashpoints for hatred, division, and violence.” Who hates the statues, Terry? Who’s going to cause the violence? Answer: The Democratic left whom Terry must now appease. McAuliffe is echoed by Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate in November to succeed McAuliffe. GOP nominee Ed Gillespie wants Monument Avenue left alone. The election is the place to decide this, but the left will not wait. ... Like ISIS ... the new barbarism has come to America. This is going to become a blazing issue, not only between but within the parties.

Kevin Williamson isn't just tone deaf to the political violence going on, he's oblivious to it


Just as he is oblivious to the rape of the South not just in that damned war but in Reconstruction, and counsels unemployed whites without college degrees today to just die already.

Republican refusals to denounce political violence on all sides proves once and for all that there isn't a dime's worth of difference between the two political parties.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Everyone named Jefferson or Washington better change your name quick

You could be next.

Antifa thugs beat up an old guy on the streets of Charlottesville VA

Laugh of the Day: Only one is descended from the apes


Fascism is a genocide occurring underneath your noses but you're OK with that


If you deny freedom of speech to a fascist "by all means necessary" then you've become one


Not my father's America: 44% now reject . . . freedom of speech, which means tyranny isn't simply theoretical anymore


Charles Mackay: Men think in herds, go mad in herds, but recover only one by one

"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one."

Great minds: Just yesterday I was thinking the Charlottesville aftermath should be in Mackay's Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds


Vote the Will's Informed Electorate scam is (now?) owned by a Utah Republican named Brett Payne

A recent commenter noted that there has been a change in the registry information for vote the will dot org, from Arizona to Utah. Whereas previously the Registrant Name was private, now it is Brett Payne of Utah.

There could have been a sale involved, or it could be the same people with a new face and legal identity. The website looks retooled, too. Hard to say which. In any event . . .

A search of public records on Al Gore's amazing internet shows that Brett Payne is indeed a registered Utah Republican, as the commenter stated.

I'm sure this guy is doing nothing illegal.

It's just a slick operation, you know, slick like a snake. Millions of idiots will open their wallets for this guy just for the fleeting experience that someone out there cares about their opinion . . . for twenty bucks.

Do robots have feelings?

This guy must be laughing all the way to the bank!

  

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"No free speech for fascists" is incoherent and Orwellian

Charles C. W. Cooke, here:

“No free speech for fascists” is an incoherent, almost Orwellian, position. Happily – and on a routinely “bipartisan” basis – the Supreme Court concurs.

Fascism is when companies get rich because the government made you buy their health insurance

"It's not fascism when we do it!"


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fascism is when you can't wear a Trump hat in public for fear of assault


Next they'll demand we junk all our Ford cars because Henry accepted a Nazi medal


And now this from The Ministry of Truth

No crime no matter how great can be committed opposing racism.

Trump et alia prejudice the case calling James Fields a murderer, making it almost impossible for him to get a fair trial

God help you when it's you. This might as well be North Korea. Everyone shut up and let a jury decide.


No one is born in the world in debt $61,000 to a thieving government except in the United States of America


Now if we could just get Trump to nuke the poppy fields


Social conservative Judge Roy Moore wins the first round in Alabamy, conservative talk radio almost uniformly backed the wrong guy


The moral equivalence is between ISIS and the alt-left

Iraq 2015
Virginia 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chuck Todd: "I'm a bit shaken"

Trump gives pugilistic press conference, finally blames alt-left for Charlottesville violence and media for lying about it


"I do think there's blame on both sides," Trump said. "You look at both sides -- I think there's blame on both sides and I have no doubt about it and you don't have any doubt about it either. And if you reported it accurately, you would say."

Young lily white communists march for "full racial equality" in LA after Charlottesville

Democratic Socialists of America
These young skulls full of mush will be the first victims of the hammer and sickle

Enjoy it before the Taliban antifa deface it


Football 20 years ago


Obama took 5 days to comment on Ferguson riots and never condemned them, Trump actually condemned Charlottesville immediately