Monday, February 8, 2016

Tattoos for Bernie!

I wish I'd thought of this myself, but I found it on the net.

Libertarianism as Utopia

One of the things that first attracted me to libertarianism is its assertion that there are no utopias. Now, that's inspiring to hear, because so many of the prevailing political philosophies, from Marxism to liberalism to neoconservatism promise just that — Utopia. And one thing that seems to be at least implied in all these utopian schemes is that all that is needed is one little tweak, i. e, a change in human nature.

That puts one off Marxism and its little sisters, liberalism and neoconservatism, right away, because one thing that sensible people know is that you can't change human nature. It's hard-wired. The best you can hope for is to get people so afraid of you that they'll pretend that their nature has changed.

But as libertarianism has developed, with its dorky NAP/ZAP [link] and all, it, too, seems to call for a utopia with some tacit but real change in human nature required. No, no, they assure us, no change is necessary. All we need to do is listen to them, and we'll realize that what our nature really calls for is the non-aggression principle, and utopia will follow.  Nope. the NAP is something that civilized people agree to among themselves, at best, and is certainly not something you assume people will adhere to by nature.  Because they damn well won't. The idea of a free society is something that developed, over centuries, in Western Civilization, and is barely hanging on there by a thread.  This isn't because we in the West have a different intrinsic nature, but because we're more developed by history and therefore are capable of functioning in a stable free society. That is not true at all for the majority of the human race.

But the dominant libertarian philosophy is the silly version, that either thinks you can change human nature by yapping at people, or that you don't have to change it at all, because everybody is just naturally libertarian and will realize it when they hear the right Zen koan.

Not so. Not even for all Westerners, and certainly not for virtually all nonWesterners. I've prepared the quibcag above for all of you to upload to any and all discussions/arguments you find where the 'open borders' ethno-suicidal libertarians are holding forth.
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Quibcag: Illustrated appropriately enough by Isis-chan [link].

The History of Japan in 9 Minutes


Japan is the damnedest place. Really. I've been saying for some time that it's the only rival on Earth to Western Civilization. Some also count Russia as being outside Western Civilization, but even if you buy that, Russia and the West are culturally very close, and Japan, by contrast, is extremely alien. Racially quite different, of course, and despite their ability to absorb features of the West and even improve on some of them, they remain basically a Confucian civilization in contrast to the Christian basis of the West, and Russia also, for that matter.

But even though they're fundamentally different from the West, the Japanese somehow manage to be very much like the West in some ways. They glommed on to Western ideas of technology, military organizatkon, and even government to some extent, in a way that other cultural groups — Muslims, Africans, Indians, etc., —  don't seem to even try to do.

And on top of all that, their humor sense seems weirdly compatible with American humor.

If you want to know their history, here we have a video. Warning: vulgar language. This is from Sankaku Complex [link]:

Rising YouTube talent Bill Wurtz has made a comedic video covering the entire history of Japan in a mere 9 minutes, impressing not just history buffs but the more critical of Japanese viewers as well, with some admitting to actually enjoying his sense of humor.
The trending video, securing over 4 million views in about a week:

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Babalú? — Babaloser!

I never thought Marco Rubio was a rocket scientist or anything, but I didn't think he was dumb enough to make that cute statement about Obama knowing what he's doing four times! Actually, it was a good point, and I rather agree with it. Obama isn't doing the things he's doing because he thinks they're good for America. No. He's doing them to screw up America. And it's a very good point that Rubio was trying to make, but it's a subtle point, really, and has to be explained in a speech, not in a debate where quick quips are the way to go. And even if it was clear enough for most of us, saying it three more times was pretty stupid, and it made him look stupid. And maybe he is stupid. I think even I could have thought of something else to say the other three times.

So Trump won again, with the help of Christ Christie, who seemed to be auditioning for Attorney General. A few more exchanges like that, and Christie could have probably gotten Rubio to confess to something, à la Perry Mason.

I know things can change at any minute, but as of now it looks to me like Trump is maintaining his lead, Christie is making himself look better,
Jeb Bush is looking more and more like that 'Affluenza' punk being protected by his mommy, and Kasich is hoping all the others get hit by a meteor or something. And Rubio had better call in sick for the rest of the debates. Oh, I could be wrong, but I think he permanently blew it last night.

I've mentioned before that Scott Adams, of 'Dilbert' fame, has been keeping right on top of this election and he's one of the few who realizes that Trump is some kind of bloody political genius. This is from his blog [link[:

The GOP Debate Scorecard (Master Persuader Series)


If your firewall is being uncooperative, see the image on Twitter here.
If you have a life, and you missed the GOP debate on Saturday night, let me give you the highlights.
Trump: Trump acted controlled and more presidential to counter the idea that he’s a loose cannon. That strategy looked effective to me. And as Trump often does, he produced one irresistible piece of news candy by suggesting he was in favor of some sort of unspecified torture. It was classic Trump. He likes to focus attention on anchors that are easy to discuss, easy to understand, and have a visual component. Who is toughest on terrorism, you wonder? Probably the pro-torture candidate. That’s what your irrational mind tells you.
Trump slipped-in one good line about Cruz stealing Carson’s vote to win Iowa. Had Trump said more on that topic, it would have been whiney. But a jokey reminder was just right.
Cruz: Cruz did nothing to help or hurt himself. He seemed unimportant this debate.
Christie: Christie had his best debate night, especially his Linguistic Kill Shot about Rubio being a robot who can’t stop repeating canned modules of policy. Rubio responded by repeating canned modules of policy. People noticed. 
Christie’s kill shot was a fresh field and it fit what we have been thinking about Rubio but never put into words. It also throws Rubio off his game because it will force him to adjust. Now the press and the public are looking for his robotic repetition.
The funny part is that all candidates repeat their memorized modules all the time. But something about Rubio’s game makes the robot accusation fit him better than it would the rest of the field. I think people see Rubio as a manufactured candidate designed by the GOP establishment.
Chris Christie turned Rubio’s “electability” into “He’s a robot programmed by the elites.” That is some Master Persuader genius right there. And that means one of two things. Either…
1. Christie figured out Trump’s Linguistic Kill Shot designs and launched one of his own, perfectly engineered, as Trump would.
or
2. The Linguistic Kill Shot came from Trump. It has his fingerprints all over it.
There is a non-zero chance that the Christie kill shot was designed by the Trump campaign. Trump was on his best behavior at the debate, as a strategy, but Trump needed to put a cap in Rubio’s ass to slow his rise. Trump and Christie seemed a bit chummy last night. How hard would it be for the Trump campaign to pass along that kill shot?
In the 2D world, all of the candidates are flinging random insults and some of them stick. In the 3D world, you don’t see well-engineered Linguistic Kill Shots emerge from someone who doesn’t normally use them. 
I see Trump’s fingerprints.
This is a good time to remind you that the Master Persuader Series is for entertainment only. I don’t like any of the candidates’ stated positions. Luckily, they don’t mean most of what they say.

If you think Robots Read News is too wordy, you should see my book. That thing is full of words.
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Quibcag: I'm not sure who actually said the quote, but I'll be glad to add the right name if somebody tells me. And it's illustrated by Kagura of Gin Tama (銀魂 Gintama, lit. "Silver Soul"), holding a lightsaber, which looks good on her.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Political Paradigm

I like paradigms. Paradigms that explain things and make things easier to understand. I remember back in high school being delighted at the periodic table, which makes the elements so clear and understandable. There are a lot of such paradigms in science, of course, and also in the softer sciences, where they're a little fuzzier.

I like the paradigm related below, the Wilson-Jackson-Jefferson-Hamilton paradigm that breaks down the factors of American history into four forces. I especially like it because it supports a notion I've had for some time now, that there's a lot of hatin' going on about Andrew Jackson. The most obvious manifestation of this hate thing is the current effort to kick him off the $20 bill and replace him with Sojourner Truth or Miley Cyrus or some other great female spiritual leader.
Anyhow, the idea is that the Jerfferson/Hamilton/Wilson formula produces a nice mess when you leave out the Jackson factor. Makes sense to me.

This, then, from Alternative Right [link]:

ANDREW JACKSON AND THE ANTI-CATHEDRAL


The American Republic was the greatest one ever. It was so because it developed a Tao. There was a complicated and necessary balance between the Libertarian and the Authoritarian. There was another equally important equipoise between the Classical Liberal and The Progressive. Each school of thought had its plusses and minuses. Through rigorous balance, the best was extracted from each and the crack-pot ideas of all were kicked remorselessly to the curb through an almost Darwinian perfection of the civic population. These four forces were famously described by Walter Russell Mead as Wilsonian, Jacksonian, Hamiltonian, and Jeffersonian.

While the mapping isn’t perfect (Walter Russell Mead was writing foreign policy commentary when he developed the taxonomy), it’s not too abusive a stretch to map Wilsonians to Progressives, Jacksonians to Classical Liberals, Hamiltonians to Authoritarians and Jeffersonians to Civil Libertarians. Banish one of these four vectors to the outer darkness and you get a disturbance in the force…

In recent years The Jacksonian portion of this Tao has been banished to the trailer parks of Appalachian Hollows. This has led to the death of honor and traditional culture in Elite American Society. This, in turn, has led to an unstable equilibrium. To assuage the problematic situation, a rough alliance has been formed between the Wilsonian, Hamiltonian, and Jeffersonian vectors. Curtis Yarvin described this deep state Amerikan Politburo as The Cathedral:
The Cathedral — The self-organizing consensus of Progressives and Progressive ideology represented by the universities, the media, and the civil service. A term coined by blogger Mencius Moldbug. The Cathedral has no central administrator, but represents a consensus acting as a coherent group that condemns other ideologies as evil. Community writers have enumerated the platform of Progressivism as women’s suffrage, prohibition, abolition, federal income tax, democratic election of senators, labor laws, desegregation, popularization of drugs, destruction of traditional sexual norms, ethnic studies courses in colleges, decolonization, and gay marriage. A defining feature of Progressivism is that "you believe that morality has been essentially solved, and all that’s left is to work out the details." Reactionaries see Republicans as Progressives, just lagging 10-20 years behind Democrats in their adoption of Progressive norms.
The Cathedral is not a stable equilibrium. It is metastable at best. Think of a Cathedral as a round, perfect sphere on a perfectly flat surface. Absent external forces beyond gravity and the tension balance resulting from the interposition of the flat surface between the sphere and the source of gravity, the sphere remains at rest. Peace is prevalent. The Jacksonians pull athwart the other three. Vectors in tenuous balance. This makes Jacksonians a pain in the butt at best and a destabilizing catalyst to cataclysm at worst. This leads to the Jackson-Hate resplendent in the so-called Obama Administration. Walter Russell Meade explains below.
Jacksonian populism, the sense of honor-driven egalitarianism and fiery nationalism that drove American politics for many years, has never been hated and reviled as often as it is today, and many American academics and intellectuals (to say nothing of Hollywood icons) are close to demanding that Jacksonian sentiment be redefined as a hate crime.
Traditionalism and fiery nationalism bring up visions of green-toothed boogeymen charging up Cemetery Ridge. Jacksonians are the people who can be convinced that they should charge up Cemetery Ridge if that is what honor demands. This instinct sparks a mortal fear in the heart of the Progressive. Here is a catalog of what the Progressive hive-mind views as the sins of the Jacksonian.
  • Jacksonians are who the then Senator had in mind when, in the campaign of 2008, he spoke of the ‘bitter clingers’ holding on to their guns and their Bibles.
  • It is Jacksonians who see the Second Amendment as the foundation of and security for American freedom.
  • It is Jacksonians who most resent illegal immigration, don’t want to subsidize the urban poor, support aggressive policing and long prison sentences for violent offenders, and who are the slowest to ‘evolve’ on issues like gay marriage and transgender rights.
  • Jacksonian sentiment embraces a concept of the United States as a folk community and, over time, that folk community was generally construed as whites only.
  • Jacksonians don’t have much respect for the educated and the credentialed. Like William F. Buckley, they would rather be governed by the first 100 names in the phone book than by the Harvard faculty.

Jacksonianism: the vital spark in the American Republic.
I see this guy in the mirror every morning. He’s somewhat edumacayted, having read his Spengler, Virgil (in Latin, under vile academic duress), Marx, Gibbons, Rand (for the comedy gold found in the fornication bits), Nietzsche (as an act of utter masochism), and each and every book of the King James Bible several times over. He doesn’t have green teeth – even the morning after he drinks the green beer on Saint Paddy’s Day.

His sin and the reason he is considered outcaste is that he loves the blood, the soil, the traditions and the heritage that he comes from and lives around each and every day.

The folkways of his nation and region flow through his bloodstream like a sacred lifeblood and no Hegelian Dialectic will ever water them down towards some zombie-like synthesis. He never wanted to be that guy, the one that Dostoevsky subjects to condign ridicule in Notes From The Underground. But every day, every g–––n day he sees more of it slipping away.

This guy (JPW by pseudonym) is the least qualified and most unlikely Neo-Reactionary you would ever meet. He was built for a certain time and a certain place in America that got yanked out from under his feet by the vile machinations of this Cathedral. It is against all things ending that he reacts. It is against the final heat death of Jacksonianism that he reacts in Amerika; in particular.

You can’t have America without gold, old Andrew Jackson. You need him there passed out drunk on the White House lawn the morning after his first inauguration. Take away the Jacksonians and you take away everything good, noble and sacred about the South and the Old West. Take away Jacksonianism and you get Amerika instead. We; the Jacksonians, are America’s last, best Anti-Cathedral. Blaspheme against us at your mortal peril.

Originally published at amerika.org
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Read the original and comment here:
http://alternative-right.blogspot.com/2016/02/andrew-jackson-and-anti-cathedral.html
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Quibcag: I've used the sword girl in quibcags before, and I don't remember where she came from originally. But she looks like an Andy Jackson fan, doesn't she?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Political Ignorance

I need to vent. I remember some years back when McCain was trying to get nominated, and I attended the local Republican caucus. One woman announce that she was supporting McCain because she knew he would do something about all the illegal aliens. She honestly didn't know that he was at the forefront of the 'amnesty for everybody' program, and was simply assuming that a Republican who'd been a POW in Vietnam would just naturally take the patriotic side of the issue.

And now we're seeing it again, with a bunch of people somehow thinking Marco Rubio would be good on the issue, when he's one of the biggest amnesty advocates around. So, as I keep telling everybody, the only candidate in either party who has shown signs of actually having a non-traitorous immigration policy is Trump.

If you still have doubts about Rubio's treasonous bearing, here's what Phyllis Schalfly says at World Net Daily [link["

SCHLAFLY UNLOADS ON RUBIO: 'HE BETRAYED US ALL'

Conservative icon calls media favorite 'lackey for the establishment'


In 2009, Marco Rubio was a plucky challenger for the open Senate in Florida, taking on incumbent Republican Gov. Charlie Crist. Though Rubio was trailing in the polls, one leading conservative activist thought that he had real potential and vowed to help him.
“When Marco Rubio ran for the Senate in Florida, I think I was the first one to endorse him,” said Phyllis Schlafly. “I made a trip down to Florida in 2009 just for the purpose of helping him.”
But Schlafly, a legendary conservative activist, author, and WND columnist, now says she is bitterly disappointed by Rubio’s record once he got what he wanted.
“Once he got elected, he betrayed us all,” she told WND. “He said he was against amnesty and against the establishment. And once he got in, right away, he became an agent of the establishment. And now of course he’s big for amnesty and letting all the illegal immigrants in. He betrayed us a number of times on that issue.”
Schlafly said she was startled at the magnitude of Rubio’s “betrayal” on amnesty.
“It was so public,” she said.
“He’s a lackey for the establishment now,” she said. “There’s no question they’re picking up as Plan B – or maybe Plan C in this election cycle or whatever we’re on now – but he certainly is an establishment agent.”

Read the rest here: In 2009, Marco Rubio was a plucky challenger for the open Senate in Florida, taking on incumbent Republican Gov. Charlie Crist. Though Rubio was trailing in the polls, one leading conservative activist thought that he had real potential and vowed to help him.
“When Marco Rubio ran for the Senate in Florida, I think I was the first one to endorse him,” said Phyllis Schlafly. “I made a trip down to Florida in 2009 just for the purpose of helping him.”
But Schlafly, a legendary conservative activist, author, and WND columnist, now says she is bitterly disappointed by Rubio’s record once he got what he wanted.
“Once he got elected, he betrayed us all,” she told WND. “He said he was against amnesty and against the establishment. And once he got in, right away, he became an agent of the establishment. And now of course he’s big for amnesty and letting all the illegal immigrants in. He betrayed us a number of times on that issue.”
Schlafly said she was startled at the magnitude of Rubio’s “betrayal” on amnesty.
“It was so public,” she said.
“He’s a lackey for the establishment now,” she said. “There’s no question they’re picking up as Plan B – or maybe Plan C in this election cycle or whatever we’re on now – but he certainly is an establishment agent.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/02/schlafly-unloads-on-rubio-he-betrayed-us-all/
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Quibcag:  Illustration is the girls of Joshiraku (じょしらく) enjoying a good neighborhood somewhere in Tokyo.

Is the Country Ready for a Ricky Ricardo Jr. Presidency?

I'm not. One of my liberal friends was denouncing Rubio with the usual 'fascist hater' rhetoric, and it occurred to me that the boy is indeed very Obama-like. No experience. Ethnic without any of the usual downsides (clean and well-spoken, as Joe Biden might put it), infinitely adapatable, and completely in the pocket of his donors and handlers.

And yes, he was in the 'gang of eight' which tried to shove universal amnesty down our throats. The American people don't want amnesty for illegals. We also, despite our knee-jerk charitable impulses, don't really want a few million nihilistic 'refugees' from the Middle East mess moving in to rape and murder. Rubio's donors, and the elite that runs both political parties, do want these things, and if we end up with Rubio vs. Hillary and/or Bernie, that's what we'll get.

The only conceivable way we're going to end mass immigration from everywhere is to elect Trump. Love him or hate him, he's the only one who's even hinted that he wants a sane immigration policy. This is from TakiMag [link]:

On Groundhog Day: Conservatism Inc. Thinks It Can Move On with Marco Rubio—But It Can’t
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Read and comment on the original here:
http://www.unz.com/article/on-groundhog-day-conservatism-inc-thinks-it-can-move-on-with-marco-rubio-but-it-cant/
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Quibcag: The working class girl is Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist  鋼の錬金術師, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi)