The Not-So-Great Divorce

Fred Reed’s latest column about how much the peoples of the USA hate each other but won’t separate is worth a gander.

I just want to add two quick thoughts as to why the Left and Right won’t quit each other.

For the Left, it’s the same reason a borderline personality disorder girlfriend won’t leave you, even though “I hate you!” comes out of her mouth on a daily basis (not that I would know from my own dating experience).

Just as that same girl, five minutes later, will plead “don’t leave me!” for all the talk the Left says about how conservatives are the problem in this country, they aren’t keen on setting up their own governments. Live and let live is not quite their actual motto.

Part of this has to do with the fact that, as General Jessup thought in A Few Good Men, the Left actually needs the Right. They don’t just need productive people who create surplus wealth to take and give to others. They also need people with differing values and political views to blame for when their own ideas, when implemented, turn into disasters.

 

This is why Calexit was and will always be nothing but talk. It’s akin to a child threatening to pack up their teddy bear and take their Linus-style blanket with them and leave home for good, forever….only to come back inside the house after walking to the end of the block and realizing everything that they would have to give up.

It’s why I suspect that, even when it comes more and more Hispanic, its people won’t want to leave the Union. Their parents and grandparents didn’t come to California just on the spur of the moment or or kicks.

As for the Right, they don’t want to separate for very different reasons. One is nostalgia. They still think of America as it was in another era – perhaps one that never actually existed. One Nation, Under God is their slogan.

Such nationalist rhetoric may offend the libertarian ear, but understand that this is because for many Americans, there is no other identity to cling to, which leads me to my next point.

Aside from ethnicity, Americans have no other identity.

Jack Donovan touched on this a while ago, but much of America is far too young to have their own distinct identity as a people. The South, New England, and perhaps Texas are exceptions (the latter having been its own nation for almost a decade). Those who live in Nevada, Oregon, Washington, or Idaho may identify with their home state in a cultural sense, but it is often vague and only skin-deep.

If the USA fell apart tomorrow, what would these people call themselves? How would they describe themselves to others? How would “we” be different from “them?”

At some point, all those questions would get answered. But it would be a process, and a struggle, few seem willing to undergo or even comprehend.

So onward we go, into the wild blue yonder of dysfunction.

 

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Never-ending Political Journey

If you grew up in the 1990s, you probably at one time or another played Super Mario 64 – or enviously watched your friend play it on the Nintendo 64 your parents wouldn’t buy you.

Most of the game is centered around the castle; inside, there is a staircase leading up to the top of the main tower and the final level against Bowser. However, if the player hasn’t earned enough stars, acquired by completing other levels throughout the castle, the stairway goes on forever. The player can have Mario run up it forever, and though it seems like he is making progress, in reality it is a never-ending journey up a flight of stairs.

This same concept applies to the leftist mentality.

Tom Woods once summarized leftism as perpetual revolution via the state. This means there is no stopping point. There is no final objective in mind, and if there is, like Mario trying to get to the top of the tower without the required stars, it’s an unreachable goal.

We see this in the way they speak on any of their pet issues, whether it be racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, or the latest fashionable trend, transgenderism.

“We’ve come so far, but we still have a long way to go before reaching true (fill in the blank).”

Ever hear someone say that?

In a way, it is an absolutely brilliant strategy, because no matter what gains they make, no matter how much they uproot or unravel tradition, custom, heritage, and morals, they successfully convince society that it’s still not enough, and that little has been accomplished, by continually moving the goalposts – and few dare to call them out on it.

But there is another reason for why it’s a never-ending political journey. As long as there is “work to be done,” they can still claim to be victims and in a state of disenfranchisement.

Feminism has completely saturated every stratum of our culture, yet as they would have you believe, woman are still horribly oppressed (because some people don’t want to be forced to subsidize women’s contraception’s via taxation). But what incentives do they have to admit it? What is their gain in doing so?

However, the truly vital part of this framing is that it allows them to set double standards for themselves and their enemies. This is where the disenfranchisement rationalizing comes in. Their enemies must adhere to a code of conduct that they don’t, because despite all the progress made, the enemy is “still in charge.” If feminists admitted or conceded that women have achieved more than the suffragettes of the 1920s could have any thought possible, then they would lose an incredible amount of power and moral superiority in the debate.

Thus we get ideas like “institutional racism/sexism/patriarchy” used to justify standards based on one’s race and gender. And by the way, this is all stuff that cannot be quantified, measured, or adequately defined to satisfy the intellectual honesty or curious.

Anyone who has examined America from a century ago knows that the difference between then and now in terms of racial treatment of minorities is beyond comparison. Yet the Al Sharpton’s of the world would gladly surrender an arm or leg before admitting that America has removed restrictions in any meaningful way for African Americans or “peoples of color.”

Not because he and other activists care about the plight of minorities, but because then they would have to find another day job.

Now, some may argue that this mentality I describe applies to the Right as well, and in a way, they are correct. Organizations that are pro-life or fight for gun rights have a perverse incentive to maintain a delicate balance between winning actual political victories yet preserving the leftist threat that gets people to make a most generous donation that keeps these nonprofits running.

However, the difference is that the Right has, with a few exceptions, accomplished little besides slowing down the speed with which the Left has taken over institutions.

Ironically, they tend to move the goalposts, but backwards in order to make it seem as though the Left isn’t winning at every turn.

Lastly, I would say that leftism denies its status as the establishment, because to have power is to have responsibility. You can’t pass the buck if you’re in charge.

For example, it is laughable to think that right-wing puritans are responsible for the hookup culture and the disaster it has wrought on both men and women. Nevertheless, someone is at fault, someone encouraged the situation we have, and they must accept that their policy was deeply flawed. Who wants to do that?

So when someone says “we still have a long way to go,” know that they are referring to the top of a never-ending staircase.

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Taking a break

Some of you may have noticed I’ve been silent for a while. Unfortunately, aside from this short update, that situation is going to continue.

There are a lot of reasons I could list. The ones I will mention are one, I’ve run out of things to say; two, the emotional toll that discussing politics wreaks on a person. Having written here since 2014, I feel as though I’ve said nearly everything I can say on topics related to libertarianism. I still have a few essays I intend to publish when the time feels right, but to be honest many of the ideas are becoming more and more theoretical.

However, another part of me is growing increasingly uninterested in politics altogether. One of the reasons I took a break from writing is because I was more or less offline entirely, focused on other endeavors. That included the 24/7 news cycle.

It is difficult to describe the relief that this provided, to be able to focus on something without concerning myself with the latest petty media drama or cause celebre of which I am not involved in or have any control over. I’m far from adhering to the Serenity Prayer in any meaningful way, but this gave me a chance to experience what it’s like for the faithful, and the reduced stress was a welcome change.

Many years ago, I watched political affairs as a neutral spectator. I had my beliefs, but I didn’t spend time dwelling on who said what about whom, because I had other hobbies to occupy my attention. I look back on those days fondly.

Also, following the political scene has done nothing positive for my frame of mind. Something I want to improve is maintaining a healthier balance between remaining informed and educated about the realities of life around me, while not letting things beyond my influence distract me from things I can actually accomplish. Concentrating on these matters has too often merely inspired inaction and despair, a sense of helplessness.

As a side, always be wary of those who insist that you should emotionally invest in things, people, or causes that are outside of your power. If you’re not in charge, you’re not responsible.

Lastly, the older I get the more I feel as though I know too little to make wise judgement or observations. The Oracle of Delphi proclaimed Socrates the wisest of all, and the only reason he could figure for that was because “he knew he knew nothing.”

 

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Godfather Death

Recently I’ve been reading a collection of the Brothers Grimm tales. In addition to being much more violent than the Disney animated film versions, they also contain many blunt truths of life.

An example is found in the tale “Godfather Death.” In it, a man is struggling to feed his twelve children when his wife has yet another child. In a panic, he runs out onto the road in the hopes of finding a godfather. After meeting God and the Devil, he comes across a third person.

“Who are you?” the man asked.

“I am Death, and I make all people equal.”

In a short scene and a handful of words, the Brothers Grimm convey the totality and end result of egalitarianism.

From the moment they are born up until their last breath, men are inherently and incontestably unequal, and the only way to alter that is through death itself. Any political philosophy that doesn’t acknowledge this truth, however unpleasant it may seem, is doomed from its inception.

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The Ideal Cosmo

Boxer chronicles the sad life of a divorced single mother who sells tales of her late-age promiscuity for a living (her book is titled “The F-ck List,”) though it is more likely her bills are paid for by her ex-husband via alimony.

Thus we see the deracinated, alienated, rootless consumer in action. She has no culture and no homeland. She has no sense of community, and no sense of decorum, self-respect, shame or understatement. She is the perfect citizen of our global plantation.

The only thing I would add to Boxer’s commentary is that she is the perfect candidate for cosmopolitan libertarianism. Who can forget when that young porn actress Belle whatever-her-name-was, was touted and dragged out by a variety of libertarian orgs as a champion for personal liberty?

Boxer’s “favorite elderly prostitute” also practices the ideal religion, transcendental meditation. It contains within it all the wondrous spirituality that makes SWPLs feel good, while insisting on no moral or ethical beliefs that might put a cramp on their life choices, or make other people get the guilty feelz.

Beltway libertarians overseeing our beloved philosophy within the confines of D.C. and elsewhere in the Empire of Nothing would look upon this lass and see progress. An older women who can openly talk about her post-divorce sex life without getting shamed? How is this not a step in the right direction for civilization!

Meanwhile, “blood and soil” libertarians look upon her and see tragedy and waste. Women of this age should be bouncing grandchildren off their knee and sitting beside their mate of 30-years as a quiet example to their family, not posting delusional yearnings for “fit well-dressed executives.”

Aside from perhaps no-fault divorce, none of this is directly connected to the Non-Aggression Principle. But only a fool thinks the philosophy has any meaningful application in a vacuum devoid of context. Theory is just that, theory.

Healthy societies discourage behavior detrimental to their survival and creates incentives for lifestyles that make them prosper. A dying society does the opposite.

It’s fairly evident which of those two the West is at this moment.

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Politicking on company time

In a recent video, RamzPaul highlights leftist hypocrisy when it comes to the ability of employers to fire their workers for their political activism. Following the Charlottesville debacle, many of the attendees were doxxed and then terminated from their jobs. All of this was done to the cheers by the Left, who suddenly developed a belief in the right of discrimination.

However, we see the precise opposite attitude when it comes to professional football players opting to sit or kneel during the national anthem as a form of political protest. Suddenly, the employees have a right to express themselves, and how dare anyone think they should be stopped!

Ironically, the two situations aren’t comparable, as RamzPaul points out. Those who attended the Charlottesville rally were not being paid by their company to work. They were doing it on their private time. The same cannot be said for the NFL players, who are protesting while on the clock. I would add that these players’ workplace is a taxpayer-subsidized building, and yet despite this form of corporate welfare, they don’t seem to be strapped for cash.

This double standard is yet another example of how the Left does not have a consistent, objective concept of rights. As the state priests, they bestow rights upon an individual according to how they fulfill The Vision.

If a person stands in the way of The Vision, then they are considered to have rights, as we see with those they declare “Nazis” as a modern form of an outlaw.

Companies have a right to fire employees for engaging in political activity on their own time, if doing so fulfills The Vision. However, if allowing employees to engage in political activism while on company time helps bring about The Vision, then it is the employee who has the right, not the employer.

Unless you understand this, the seemingly incoherent policy of the Left toward private property and individual liberty will only confound.

 

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Why I Haven’t Shut Down This Blog

I’m in a blunt mood, so bear with me.

After Charlottesville, I was “this” close to shutting down this blog. I wanted to close it and pretty much never discuss politics again and focus on other personal endeavors. It’s not because of all the de-platforming that occurred. There’s a myriad of reasons why that I don’t really care to get into here, other than to say there are much more fulfilling things in life than talking about politics.

But something keeps me from doing that. Something keeps this blog up for you to read.

One of them is the fact that I can’t keep my mouth shut, so to speak. I can’t remain silent.

A recent newsletter from Tom Woods  demonstrates why:

A professor wrote an article explaining how the destruction of social and cultural values we commonly associate with the 1950s has been devastating to many American families.

Duh.

This professor is now being accused of promoting white nationalism or white supremacy.

The accusation may shock a “normie” and inspire outrage. But if it amazes you, then you’ve been living under a rock for the last 10 years, or you’re pretending things aren’t the way they are.

The agenda of the Left is to destroy everything that made the West great.

Why?

It doesn’t matter. They want it eradicated. That includes the nuclear family.

I could never do this subject justice here, but the simple fact is that for all their talk of combating hate, if there is any emotion one would use to describe the feelings of the Left toward the 1950s, it would be pure, unbridled, uncontainable hate.

I’m talking about the kind of the hate that no communist ever felt toward capitalism, the kind of hate that Satan feels for God.

Normies pretend or pay lip service to the pretense that despite their conduct, the Left is truly about fighting racism and white supremacy, even when they know it’s all bullshit.

Everyone knows this. We all know it’s total, complete, undiluted bullshit. It’s no different than when they accuse someone of being a Nazi, when they’re really declaring them an outlaw whose rights have been stripped away.

We know that when they talk about white supremacy they’re talking about dismantling all cultural and social norms that give rise to low-crime, high-education, high-trust, birth-within-marriage, nuclear family-style communities. The kind of communities where you know your next door neighbor and you don’t have to double check the locks on your house when you go to the grocery store. The kind of community where you can drop your kids off at school and know they’ll be taught the same values by people who believe the same stuff as you, instead of learning later that day your little daughter was taught by a tyranny how to put condoms on wooden knobs. The kind of community where your daughter gets married after a brief dating stint to a respectable young man able to provide, instead of becoming the baby momma to the bastard children of a handful of cads and living off feral gummit gibsmedat.

It explains how the Left responded to this professor’s article, as Woods describes it here:

A petition in response to her column condemned her for “extolling the virtues of white cultural practices of the ’50s that, if understood within their sociocultural context, stem from the very same malignant logic of hetero-patriarchal, class-based, white supremacy that plagues our country today. These cultural values and logics are steeped in anti-blackness and white hetero-patriarchal respectability…” (and it continues like that, but you’ve had enough).

Normies had better get it into their thick skulls that the Left hates everything they claim to cherish and hold dear, and they attack it under the guise of fighting “racism” and “white supremacy.” For the love of God, stop acting like they’re well-intended or even remotely within range of a legitimate target when they say that.

Don’t think for one second that it’s about the KKK, Neo-Nazis, or even the Alt. Right. Those are soft targets that condition people for what’s up next.

Don’t pretend to be confused when having parents still married after 20 years of marriage is called “white supremacy,” and you’re told to check your white privilege because they didn’t divorce when you were three or actually tied the knot before you popped out.

Don’t be confused when black men who wait until marriage to have kids are accused of perpetuating “white supremacy.”

Don’t be confused when criticizing promiscuity is called “racism,” even when you’re calling out a white girl’s slutty behavior.

Don’t be confused when anything from the 1950s, no matter how innocuous or innocent, is deemed “racist” and promoting “white nationalism.”

Don’t be surprised when watching “A White Christmas” will one day be deemed “Neo-Nazism.”

I predict that within five years, traditional Christmas songs will be all but verboten for “perpetuating white patriarchy.”

Anything you associate with normalcy is considered white supremacy. Accept it. Deal with it. Embrace it.

Just don’t pretend it’s anything other than that.

Now you know why I keep this blog up.

Where’s the Tylenol?

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