Saturday, September 24, 2016

Beans Up Your Nose or Western Civilization — The Choice is Yours

I've been associated with libertarians of one sort or another for years. Some are notable for their intellectual acumen, some for their pig-headedness, and some for both. Thing is, they're all pretty sure that they're right, the rest of the world is wrong, and if they can just convince everybody to change human nature they'll usher in a utopia of sorts. Young punks are especially attracted to libertarianism, because they can use it as just one more argument for the stupidity of their parents. They young Stephen Pinker, for example (yes, I've reprinted this before, as, I believe Bob Wallace has more recently):


When law enforcement vanishes, all manner of violence breaks out: looting, settling old scores, ethnic cleansing, and petty warfare among gangs, warlords and mafias. This was obvious in the remnants of Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, and parts of Africa in the 1990s, but can also happen in countries with a long tradition of civility. As a young teenager in proudly peaceable Canada during the romantic 1960s, I was a true believer in Bakunin’s anarchism. I laughed off my parents’ argument that if the government ever laid down its arms all hell would break loose. Our competing predictions were put to the test at 8:00 A.M. on October 17, 1969, when the Montreal police went on strike. By 11:20 A.M. the first bank was robbed. By noon most downtown stores had closed because of looting. Within a few more hours, taxi drivers burned down the garage of a limousine service that had competed with them for airport customers, a rooftop sniper killed a provincial police officer, rioters broke into several hotels and restaurants, and a doctor slew a burglar in his suburban home. By the end of the day, six banks had been robbed, a hundred shops had been looted, twelve fires had been set, forty carloads of storefront glass had been broken, and three million dollars in property damage had been inflicted, before city authorities had to call ni the army and, of course, the Mounties to restore order. This decisive empirical test left my politics in tatters (and offered a foretaste of life as a scientist).

In defense of our Canadian friends, they're so used to having the rules enforced for them, it's hard for them to self-enforce.
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Here's a P. S. in the middle I. S. intrascript?  Anyhow, Al Perez writes:

Back around 1980 the Albuquerque the PD went on strike. 
They had announced it was coming. The people of Albuquerque
armed themselves and crime went down the day of the strike.
The unorganized militia rose up to defend their city. Guess that's
not a Canadian tradition. The cops ended the strike the next day.

I think Al's right. Not a Canadian tradition, and especially not a French Canadian tradition. They seem to be far more dependent on law enforcement personnel than we are, largely because they're taught that they should be.
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What libertarianism boils down to is the theory that certain kinds of highly civilized, extremely civic-minded, intelligent people just might manage to live in a libertarian society. And Canadians don't quite make the cut. Nobody much does, and certainly nobody outside the West (except for those anomalous Japanese) does.

So what we have is another terrific theory of human behavior that will work just fine as soon as we change human nature into something that is compatible with it, like communism, liberalism, or all that good Ayn Rand stuff also demand.

Well, libertarians are all about freedom, so what can we tell them about how to get to a society based on freedom? We sort of accidentally had ourselves a free society before the Revolution, what with the King paying very little attention to us, but — the King was always there, available to weigh in and enforce laws if we stopped self-enforcing.

Now, if you're a Gary Johnson hippie, you're all concerned about the sacred right to stuff beans up your nose. Libertarians have gone from the assertion that social constraints will prevent bean-stuffing to the idea that bean-stuffing is just fine over the last fifty years. That is, libertarians have shown themselves to be obsessed now with liberal ideas of freedom more than freedom in general. Indeed, libertarians of late have been observed using lots of liberal vocabulary in their struggle against, well, not government so much any more, but just what's left of conservatism in society and government. And the Nolan Chart is somewhat bogus, because conservatism, warts and all, still has the virtue of defending things that work and the general underpinnings of civilization, while liberalism sneers at things that work and want to trade them in for idiotic ideas that don't work and worse.

To finally get to the point, libertarians mostly don't understand that a free society at any level of development can't sustain itself without some kind of borders, natural or artificial, preventing it from being swamped, overwhelmed, outgunned or outvoted by interlopers. They make up all kinds of scenarios proving that this wouldn't happen, but none are remotely convincing. If they're right about the near-automatic superiority of a free society as to consumer goods and quality of life as  whole, and I believe that they are, such societies are powerful parasite-magnets, as we can see from the "Syrian refugee" crisis going on now. You'll note that they're not trying to get into Haiti.

Real freedom, some of us are finding out, isn't the freedom to do bizarre things but the freedom to do things that come naturally to you. Put another way, it's the freedom to be yourself, and that means freedom for your ethnic group to dominate the public square and make your habits, beliefs, and folkways the default for most purposes. A loose domination, but enough to protect you from, say, having to listen to the Muslim call to prayer, Adhan [link], five bloody times a day whether you want to or not, not to mention looking at the mosque itself:



And there you have it. You might even like it. I might even like it. But do I have the "right" to make everybody else listen to it? In Tunisia or Bangla Desh, sure. They're Muslim countries. They want to hear it. It reinforces their sense of identity. In Switzerland or Japan, hell no. They want church bells and bwanngs from Shinto temple gongs (I'm guessing). So, practically speaking, "rights" are not the same in different countries, and pretending that they are is a joke. The province of flaked-out liberals in coffee shops and their libertarian Useful Idiots.

Mark Smith has thought about this a lot, and written the following at http://therightstuff.biz/2016/09/24/the-true-call-of-liberty/

The True Call of Liberty



The most sacred form of liberty is the right of a people to defend their land, culture, and property. We therefore denounce libertarians who support the pillaging and conquest of Western countries by merchants, moneyed men, and migrants. And we reproach libertarians for their promotion of egoismand their rejection of White identity politics. 
Sacred Liberty
You consider the nation-state to be nothing more than an economic manifestation of a geographic territory. You likewise regard distinct peoples as nothing more than equally interchangeable economic actors. Your political objective is to atomize society and reduce human life to a meaningless existence of private interest, consumption, and universal tolerance. We abhor the modern life of emptiness and self-adulation. We reject the degrading notion that humans can be satisfied with the shallow freedom of choosing Coke or Pepsi. And we regard your passive endorsement of diversity as pathetic cowardice. By tolerating everything, you ultimately stand for nothing. By equalizing everyone, you have become no one. 
You repeatedly speak of liberty and freedom, but we ask you: Freedom to do what? Freedom to enjoy vulgarity, crude bodily pleasures, and sick perversions of the mind? Freedom to exploit your own people in the pursuit of riches? Freedom to deprive your children of their cultural heritage? Or freedom to effeminately surrender the civilization your forefathers built with their wisdom, conviction, and blood? 
The Alt-Right despises your license and we loathe your selfishness, for we are a noble people who yearn for a deeper enrichment of our souls. We stand for Family, Nation, Race, Duty, Honor, Religion, Nature, Tradition, Culture. And we defend the sacred liberty that exists when a free and powerful nation loudly declares: This land is our land. It belongs to us alone. We shall fight and die for this land, as our ancestors did before us, so that our descendants will do so when we are gone.
Constitutionalism
You claim to be faithful defenders of the Constitution, but you elevate the free movement of humans above the survival of America’s founding principles. Amnesty and open borders are irreversibly expanding the number of voters in this country who support: (1) big government; (2) affirmative action; (3) P.C. mind control; (4) hate speech laws; and (5) the rejection of freedom of association. Do you understand that immigration is guaranteeing the electoral dominance of politicians who adamantly reject most of your ideals? Democracy in the West is essentially operating in reverse. The ruling elite are “electing a new people” to replace the liberty loving citizens they despise. 

Freedom of Thought
You claim to endorse the free thinking philosophy of men like Locke, Mill, and Paine. But you refuse to actually make use of this freedom by engaging in serious inquiry and intellectual discourse. Is it any wonder then that your economic policies are disastrous? Or that your efforts to recruit minorities have proven childishly naïve? Let us investigate both these failures.
The Cosmopolitans and Politicos
Open your eyes! The economy of the twenty-first century has been utterly transformed by international finance and the globalization of capitalism. Your vigilant suspicion of Keynesian economics is commendable, but your religious devotion to libertarianism blinds you from seeing that Free Tradeand Open Borders are likewise the ideological preferences of a traitorous ruling class. 
The robber barons of this epoch are a cosmopolitan syndicate of transnational corporations, bankers, speculators, media moguls, and tech oligarchs. In contrast to the ruling class of earlier generations that built America’s massive infrastructure and employed millions of citizens, the private interests of economic elites today no longer overlap with the national interest. All of this was anticipated by that great American thinker Thomas Jefferson who presciently warned us about the merchant class. The cosmopolitan elites truly “have no love of country,” and they are ravenously profiting from the socioeconomic demise of the Western world. 
The federal government is equally complicit in the economic raping of America. Shall we list only the most obvious betrayals? Our leaders have gutted the manufacturing sector with international trade deals that relocated millions of jobs overseas. Trade imbalances and the national debthave reached epic proportions. Congress and the Federal Reserve engineered the worst recession since the Great Depression by coupling affirmative action housing with artificially low interest rates. The president stimulated a sham economic recovery that has benefited only the super-rich and its alien workforce. Meanwhile, our representatives continue to pocket the donations of Big Business while servilely promoting the unceasing immigration of Mestizo labor, H-1B Visa professionals, and “refugees” who terrorize Americans with disease and murder
Collusion between the political establishment and the cosmopolitan elite amounts to nothing short of treason! Had we the backbone of our forefathers, these opportunists, swindlers, and parasites would have been satisfactorily dealt with decades ago. 
But the day of reckoning is fast approaching. The destruction wrought by the economic pillaging of America can no longer be masked by QE, the Debt Society, or complicit media distortion. Every day and every hour, the multicultural hellhole that America has become is furiously discussed by revolutionary dissidents in the blogs, social networks, and comments sections. And the declining economic position of the middle class is evidencing to millions of Americans what supporters of Trump and even Sanders already know—the social contract forged under Reagan (if it ever existed) has been irrevocably broken. There is no trickle down! There is no American Dream! There are only the bread and circuses of welfare, credit cards, iPhones, pornography, and NFL football.
Read the rest here:
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Quibcag: Number one is illustrated by the Nyotalia (the female version of  Hetalia: Axis Powers (Axis Powers ヘタリア).) conception of the mascot of the United States. Pretty cute. The second is illustrated by (ahem!) half this blogging team, Baloo, who drew this picture of Hillary some time back and keeps dragging it out, fishing for compliments. The third, heavily edited one, features Akane and Ranma of Ranma ½ (らんま½) , four is Hetalia: Axis Powers (Axis Powers ヘタリア).) again, five is Lum of Urusei Yatsura (うる星やつら), then Erwin of Girls und Panzer (ガールズ&パンツァーGāruzu ando Pantsā), and, finally, Naru Narusegawa of Love Hina (ラブ ひな Rabu Hina).

2 comments:

  1. Oh but these are magic beans. Rand and the beanstalk is the fairy tale of junk bonds and magic beans where idiots who never invented the wheel enrich society by eating the rich and turning the World into a Mad Max Society where muscle car driving loners kill gangs of homosexual mutants to gas up. It ain't economical but the Dark Knight of diminished returns is only taxxing on the weak who don't have an arsenal of weapons and a long violent streak.

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  2. Hetalia was a great, and I think, somewhat under appreciated series. But I must admit that I've only seen the first two seasons, back when they were available on Netflix streaming.

    But it's nice to see that someone else remembers that quirky little* show.

    * 5-minute episodes = "little show"

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