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Posts by The_Reader_David

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  • U.S. Currency Goes PC – Harriet Tubman Displaces Old Hickory

  • Far-Right close to seizing Austrian presidency [Far-Right = Common Sense Nationalism]

    04/24/2016 1:38:06 PM PDT · 39 of 60
    The_Reader_David to C19fan

    Actually, I think it suffices to be opposed to unfettered immigration from the Muslim world to be branded “far-right” in Europe. One could be gung-ho for European integration, but suggest that a united Europe should limit immigration from the Muslim world and you’ll be “far-right”.

  • University Students Are Unable to Read a Whole Book

    04/18/2016 3:40:11 PM PDT · 33 of 122
    The_Reader_David to thoughtomator

    Ah, you, too. I trust including the Appendices.

  • Why Tax Reform Is Forever Doomed

    04/18/2016 9:34:16 AM PDT · 16 of 34
    The_Reader_David to SubMareener

    I think you are confused. Congress created the monstrosity that is the US Federal tax code, and only Congress can fix it. As folks where I’m sojourning this spring on the other side of The Pond would say, “not bloody likely.”

    Short of a Convention of the States promulgating a amendment to repeal the 16th Amendment and its subsequent ratification, I don’t think there is a politically feasible way of simplifying the tax code — every deduction and credit has a vocal constituency that can sway a goodly portion of Congress.

  • Scientific Regress

    04/18/2016 9:23:17 AM PDT · 13 of 15
    The_Reader_David to BillM

    You overlook the fact that all experimental (and observational) science, even particle physics, uses statistics as a filter — of course unlike the social sciences where being 1.96 standard deviations away from the means is “enough”, particle physicists want 5 standard deviations. And remember, experimental (and observational) science is supposed to be the reality check for scientific theories — if you’re not matching experiments or observations from the real world, you’re working in my area, mathematics, not one of the sciences (whether natural or social) properly so called.

  • Sanders gave 4 percent of income to charity in 2014

    04/16/2016 1:25:14 AM PDT · 50 of 51
    The_Reader_David to Olog-hai

    Well, it is below the Biblical tithe, but it’s above the Qu’ranic zakat (the rate for which 1/40th of one’s income happens to equal the average rate of charitable giving among Americans — Mohammed was both wicked and clever and picked a rate of obligatory giving that would not be sacrificial) and actually very generous for notable figures on the left.

  • Video: Three Young Mexican Girls Covered “Enter Sandman” and Blew Our Minds

    04/15/2016 12:23:51 PM PDT · 21 of 44
    The_Reader_David to Maceman
    Very good, though I think the cover the Mini Band out of the UK did when they ranged in age from 8 to 10 years old here was more impressive.
  • Islamophobia threatens democracy in Europe, report says

    04/13/2016 10:15:57 AM PDT · 10 of 32
    The_Reader_David to Mr. Mojo
    Of course, the report seems to not notice that adherence to any major fiqh (school of Islamic jurisprudence) represent deeply illiberal politics.
  • Paul Ryan Rules Out Run for President

    04/12/2016 2:42:38 PM PDT · 7 of 27
    The_Reader_David to stephenjohnbanker

    Political donors don’t just give to presidential campaigns: Ryan has an interest in keeping the House GOP-controlled.

  • Yes, college should be free

    04/12/2016 10:09:43 AM PDT · 192 of 193
    The_Reader_David to Yaelle

    I’m sure he’s not thought that deeply, but had heard of countries where a university education is free, and no the faculty and groundskeepers in those countries are paid (sometimes very well). The thing is, wherever that is the case, there are rigorous entrance exams, so few students (by American standards) go to university. The costs are paid by a combination of income from endowments and government subventions — the latter justified by the argument that providing a university education to those bright enough to make the admissions cut is a public good, since it is training the future leaders of society (in the sciences, politics, the arts,...).

  • Yes, college should be free

    04/12/2016 10:04:34 AM PDT · 191 of 193
    The_Reader_David to Chickensoup

    Not really, in the Great Plains most colleges and universities use the ACT instead of the SAT as the standard. If (for instance) any of the Ivies or the UC system wanted to have their own admissions tests they could and the supposed clout of the College Board wouldn’t do anything to stop them.

  • Yes, college should be free

    04/11/2016 1:51:11 PM PDT · 123 of 193
    The_Reader_David to Chickensoup

    Probably you’d want something better than the SAT or ACT, more like British A-Levels or the U. Tokyo entrance exam. I was rather hoping each university would design its own entrance exam, maybe its own entrance exam for each degree program, but your suggestion would be a start.

  • Why men are more likely than ever to sexually assault women

    04/11/2016 1:48:01 PM PDT · 26 of 39
    The_Reader_David to pabianice

    Of course he manages to get it wrong: the destruction of traditional Judeo-Christian moral restraints on male sexuality (by secular society at large) and any conception of chivalry (by feminists in particular) has resulted in a return to the base behavior of male mere primates or Fallen humanity (take your pick on the basis of your philosophical and religious commitments concerning human nature, though whether you arrive at your understanding of human nature from Genesis or Darwin, the results in the absence of traditional moral restraints are depressingly similar and not pretty).

  • Yes, college should be free

    04/11/2016 1:38:15 PM PDT · 107 of 193
    The_Reader_David to AppyPappy

    Well, it could be implemented by adopting the way in which it is done in other developed countries with free university educations: rigorous entrance examinations so that the number of students admitted can be educated within the institution’s budget without tuition receipts, using only taxpayer funds, regarding having bright students receive proper university educations as a public good, and income from endowments (even public universities now have endowments).

    This would mean that college degrees would no longer be able to be used as lazy HR tools to keep applicants qualified for jobs that can be done on the basis of a high school education or simple native talent from actually being screened, and it we would need to beef up our trade schools (I favor creating polytechnics — trade schools with just a little more academic oomph, so that one would learn the science behind one’s trade plus a thin general post-secondary education).

  • Trump Erupts As Cruz Sweeps Colorado Without Votes

    04/11/2016 7:12:12 AM PDT · 161 of 242
    The_Reader_David to Biggirl

    Everyone might remember that intra-party selections of candidates in almost all nations with democratic elections are *not* done by elections, but by party congresses/conferences or even just party leaders (usually in government).

    In America it has been left up to the parties, and especially the parties at the state level to decide how delegates to national conventions, including those that nominate presidential candidates are selected, and it is always the party convention, not primaries, not caucuses, the party convention that nominates the presidential candidate.

    Colorado is, admittedly, an extreme case, as most state party organizations use either primaries or caucuses to consult the voters. Of course, there are the opposite extreme cases of winner-take-all primaries where the party organization has ceded any influence to a plurality of the voters, and the states where the party has chosen to take the state-government’s dime in exchange for the devil’s bargain of an open primary that lets people with no commitment to the party’s traditional stance on issues help select delegates.

    All the candidates face the same rules in each state. In some media presence gives an advantage, in others organization on the ground does. There is nothing unfair about any of the ways of selecting delegates, they are just different and highlight different strengths of the candidates and their campaigns.

  • Cruz isn't likable -- and that's an asset

    04/10/2016 1:50:52 AM PDT · 88 of 88
    The_Reader_David to nopardons

    Hardly. An awful lot of us, myself included, backing Cruz, do so reluctantly and solely on the basis of ideas.

  • Cruz isn't likable -- and that's an asset

    04/09/2016 10:53:41 AM PDT · 67 of 88
    The_Reader_David to miss marmelstein

    You’re not a very attentive reader are you. Read what I wrote again. I don’t want to bring back monarchy, but the cult of personality around both Obama and Trump make me sympathetic to that particular monarchist argument.

  • Cruz isn't likable -- and that's an asset

    04/09/2016 4:07:34 AM PDT · 33 of 88
    The_Reader_David to alexander_busek
    It shouldn't be a popularity contest.

    But, alas, it is, which gave use eight years of Obama because Obama was "cool".

    Obama and Trump have made me increasingly sympathetic toward the modern argument for a British (or Dutch or Scandinavian) style constitutional monarchy: the populace can lodge their affections on the monarch as head of state and the royal family, freeing them to vote on the basis of party platforms (or manifestos as they call them over here -- I'm sojourning in the UK this spring), rather than the personality of the candidate for head of government. I'm not entirely sure I buy the argument, but, as I say, I've become increasingly sympathetic to it lately.

  • Will (Romanian hacker) Guccifer Upend Hillary?

    04/09/2016 4:01:29 AM PDT · 12 of 35
    The_Reader_David to vette6387
    “If an amateur could get casual access to her unsecured email, imagine what a foreign adversary professional could have accomplished.”

    I don’t think you can call this guy an amateur!

    Certainly not an amateur, but neither did he have the resources of a nation-state or even a well-funded terrorist organization as backing for his efforts.

  • New Kasich N.Y. ad goes after Cruz, ignores Trump

    04/08/2016 4:55:33 AM PDT · 30 of 54
    The_Reader_David to fortheDeclaration

    No, actually that is exactly how primaries (and caucuses as the state party sees fit) and state conventions are supposed to operate.

    Both major parties have followed the wisdom the Founders showed in the original Constitution with indirect election of Senators and the Electoral College in building restraints on popular enthusiasms into their presidential nominating processes. The nomination always takes place as a result of action by the party convention. Primaries and caucuses and state conventions select slates of delegates which may or may not be bound to vote for particular candidates on the first ballot (or first and second ballots), and both parties include unbound delegates from the party hierarchy (ironically, given both their party’s name and their contempt for the Founders wisdom, the “Democrats” have a larger groups of such undemocratically selected delegates than the Republicans).

  • LIVE STREAM: Ted Cruz campaigns near Albany

    04/07/2016 8:08:55 AM PDT · 8 of 160
    The_Reader_David to arl295

    See post 3. No. Cruz will spend hundreds of thousands in New York, targetting congressional districts his data tells him he can win, along with visiting them to make a personal impression, and will likely get delegate as a result, even if his state-wide finish is not merely in 3rd place, but a dismal 3rd place showing.

  • Mystery box on utility pole in Phoenix sparks questions

    04/07/2016 8:04:15 AM PDT · 25 of 44
    The_Reader_David to Blood of Tyrants

    The article claims is seems to have tinted windows. Maybe training a laser pointer at them might provoke some sort of response that would identify the purpose.

  • Free College Is Too Expensive

    04/03/2016 3:15:03 AM PDT · 19 of 19
    The_Reader_David to Kaslin

    What advocates of “free college” overlook in pointing to the fact that other countries offer this is that countries which offer free university educations also have rigorous entrance examinations. The “free” university education is something one earns by hard academic work earlier in life, not an entitlement.

  • The Great Divide: the Death of the Middle Class

    04/03/2016 2:05:53 AM PDT · 19 of 28
    The_Reader_David to Rockitz

    The whole article is based on hiding what that chart is really showing. The 5th decile — median income — globally is $1225 per year, and plainly the chart is counting earned income only and ignoring government benefits or there would be nothing in North America at the bottom end.

    Not only the super-rich and the rich, but the entire American middle class and the American “working poor” are in the top blue lump. The bottom blue lump is people on welfare or disability. The chart is not fine-grained enough to tell anything about American economic class. Being in the middle of the global income distribution in North America (whether the US or Canada) is not called being “middle class,” it’s called being dirt poor.

  • I'm Not Male. I'm Not Female. Please Don't Ask Me About My Junk.

    03/31/2016 2:30:20 PM PDT · 62 of 98
    The_Reader_David to detective

    Unless its sex chromosomes exhibit some unusual abnormality, it’s either male or female, even if its “junk” either due to natural causes or mutilation doesn’t match the chromosomes.

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison to Hire More Counselors to Address Microaggressions

    03/30/2016 3:59:13 AM PDT · 44 of 44
    The_Reader_David to detective

    Yeah, Scott Walker giving more power to the administrators at the expense of the faculty at UW was a great idea. This is not the faculty doing the hiring of “counselors to address ‘microaggressions’”, it’s the newly-empowered administrators. Most of the deep rot in academe (leaving aside programs and departments with name of the form [Affirmative-action-beneficiary-group] Studies) comes not from the faculty, but from the administrators. This is just another example of that principle in action.

  • Time to Transform Bernies’s Campaign Into a Permanent Organization (Yeah! Fool-aid!)

    03/28/2016 2:22:28 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    The_Reader_David to 2ndDivisionVet
    Of course what the article is really saying is that a mass national social democratic/socialist/liberal organization is needed.
  • [Church of England] Bishop Leads Backlash Against Fixed Date for Easter

    03/27/2016 2:02:31 PM PDT · 7 of 11
    The_Reader_David to marshmallow

    I’m not sure where the idea of a fixed date got any currency. It’s an absolute non-starter for the Orthodox, since it violates decrees of the Ecumenical Councils, as is simply adopting the Gregorian Paschalion, in view of multiple local councils anathematizing it.

    The one bit of wiggle room on this would be if the Russians, Georgians, Serbs and Jerusalem could be persuaded to drop the Julian calendar (which is a matter of long-established custom, rather than something based on conciliar decrees). In that case a proposal floated by the Copts a while back could be the basis for a common date: follow the ancient prescription, but using the most astronomically accurate available calendar — now the civil calendar complete with “leap seconds” — rather than either the Julian or Gregorian calendar as the basis for calculating the vernal equinox.

    The really objectionable thing in Pope Gregory’s reform was not the improvement in astronomical accuracy, but using the first Sunday after first full moon after the vernal equinox as the Feast of the Resurrection, rather than computing Passover — which lasts seven days — as starting with the first full moon after the vernal equinox, then having Pascha as the first Sunday after the completion of Passover (to abide by the conciliar prohibition on celebrating with or before the Jews).

    Had the Coptic proposal been adopted when it was first made, today would have been Palm Sunday for everyone, and Pascha would have been kept next Sunday.

  • Camille Paglia: This is why Trump’s winning, and why I won’t vote for Hillary

    03/24/2016 7:14:47 AM PDT · 22 of 89
    The_Reader_David to Ohioan

    Paglia is an incisive social commentator, and one of the few honest and intelligent people on the left. But she is still on the left, and thus, in view of her honesty, is plainly one of that species of leftist who is simply clueless about economics (as distinct from the other species of leftist — charlatans who understand economics and know their policies fall within the continuum from infeasible to destructive, but advocate them anyway as a way of gaining or maintaining power). Sanders’ base is largely composed of those clueless about economics.

  • Girl Brutally Raped for 16 Months Reveals Horrifying Details of ISIS' Sex Slave 'Meat Market'

    03/22/2016 2:15:06 AM PDT · 31 of 33
    The_Reader_David to Texas Fossil; DeathBeforeDishonor1

    The notion that the Yazidis are devil worshipers has some currency among not just among salafists like the Daesh, but among Muslims generally and even among Christians in the Middle East and is based on the fact that their primary object of worship is not God, but an angel or demiurge called the Peacock Spirit and that their myths concerning the Peacock Spirit involve the Peacock Spirit rebelling against God in a way similar to Lucifer or the Muslim Iblis. The Yazidis, however, have no notion that spiritual beings are incapable of repentance, and hold that the Peacock Spirit repented of his rebellion and became again obedient to God and beneficent toward mankind and toward the Yazidis in particular.

  • Will They Steal The Election From Donald Trump? - Stefan Molyneux

    03/21/2016 3:07:56 AM PDT · 19 of 70
    The_Reader_David to 4rcane
    Whether you are pro- or anti-Trump accuracy would be helpful in thinking about this:

    ...despite being the choice of most Republican voters.

    This seems to be a condition that is vanishingly unlikely to be true, even if the field of active candidates were to narrow to Trump vs. Cruz, only, today. Thus far, Trump is the choice of a plurality in the range of 32% to 45% of voters in Republican primaries and caucuses. The phrase "most Republican voters" denotes a majority, not a plurality.

  • Heinrich Himmler's stash of books on witchcraft is discovered in Czech library...

    03/20/2016 7:22:53 AM PDT · 32 of 74
    The_Reader_David to Joe 6-pack

    Actually, Aryan, with a y, is the way the word for Indo-Iranian that the Nazis appropriated in their racial theories to designate the Nordic peoples they fancied to be “the Master Race” is spelled.

    You may have it confused with Arian, with an i, meaning a follower of the heresiarch Arius, a presbyter of Alexandria who taught that the Son and Word of God was created and is not coeternal with the Father, whose ideas were condemned by the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea in 325, but remained popular especially among Christianize Germanic barbarians (esp. the Vandals who sacked Rome in 410 and went down to utter defeat at the hands of Belisarius in 533, fighting precisely to preserve their heresy since they had been offered terms that would have left them in control of their kingdom in North Africa under theoretical fealty to Justianian with their king gaining the title Patrician of the Romans, if only they would accept the Orthodox Faith).

    These days Arian supremacy would mean the Jehovah’s Witnesses taking over everything.

  • EU referendum: Households 'worse off' after Brexit

    03/19/2016 2:29:17 AM PDT · 17 of 17
    The_Reader_David to Berlin_Freeper

    The arguments for a Brexit are about sovereignty: control of immigration policy, the British conception of human rights being applied rather than the Continental, Westminster (and Holyrood and Cardiff) being able to control even mundane things things like agricultural policy and consumer safety rules without Brussels gainsaying their decisions (Brussels just backed down on a ban on high-power kettles, a standard in British households, for fear that tea-loving would override environmentalism among the British public and tilt the balance toward a Brexit).

    The arguments against are either leftish multiculturalist claptrap from folks who want Brussels to destroy British sovereignty or short-term pocketbook arguments like the one in this article. The latter turn on the EU being vengeful and not allowing a mutually beneficial open trade agreement to persist after a Brexit, and in the long-run are not much of arguments since outside the EU, Britain could pursue its own trade policy (most notably to establish a Commonwealth-wide free trade agreement and lower trade barriers with the US).

    (I’m sojourning in England just now, and paying more attention to this than most FReepers.)

  • Carl's Jr. CEO Wants to Open a Robot Restaurant Free of Human Workers

    03/17/2016 9:47:39 AM PDT · 30 of 92
    The_Reader_David to C19fan

    Futuristic or retro? Sounds like a Horn & Hardart Automat to me, just updated a little with electronic, rather than mechanical or electromechanical devices.

  • Obama Nominates a Stealth Leftist for the Supreme Court

    03/17/2016 9:31:31 AM PDT · 6 of 16
    The_Reader_David to SeekAndFind

    The thing is, even if he really is a centrist, rather than a closet left-wing radical, it would still shift the SCOTUS far to the left of where it had been — all the 5-4 decisions that would have gone the right way with Scalia or another originalist on the Court would become crap shoots with enough of them going the wrong way and establishing binding precedents that the result is a blow to liberty.

  • Misspeaking Kasich hails ‘PTT’ trade deal (TPP)

    03/13/2016 11:21:08 AM PDT · 17 of 18
    The_Reader_David to jimbo123

    More important than getting the acronym wrong, the statement also contains another mistake: that the TTP is a free trade deal. It is actually a package of sops to crony capitalism that would cement with the force of treaty a whole raft of rules that have nothing to do with lowering trade barriers — most obnoxious forcing all signatories to adopt copyright and patent maximalism positions that are absolutely contrary to the Constitutional purpose of copyrights and patents, having everything to do with propping up the business models of publishers (not authors or other content producers) and patent trolls.

  • Misspeaking Kasich hails ‘PTT’ trade deal (TPP)

    03/13/2016 11:20:54 AM PDT · 16 of 18
    The_Reader_David to jimbo123

    More important than getting the acronym wrong, the statement also contains another mistake: that the TTP is a free trade deal. It is actually a package of sops to crony capitalism that would cement with the force of treaty a whole raft of rules that have nothing to do with lowering trade barriers — most obnoxious forcing all signatories to adopt copyright and patent maximalism positions that are absolutely contrary to the Constitutional purpose of copyrights and patents, having everything to do with propping up the business models of publishers (not authors or other content producers) and patent trolls.

  • Dear #NeverTrump Conservatives: That Chicago 'Anti-Trump' Mob Hates You As Well

    03/13/2016 11:10:02 AM PDT · 29 of 33
    The_Reader_David to Travis McGee

    Of course in Weimar Germany, there were two anti-free speech forces that fought each other in pitched street battles — the lot you pictured above and the other lot who took their marching orders from the Kremlin and were the ideological forebearers of the crew you pictured below.

    Welcome to Weimar America.

  • A Whole Field of Psychology Research May Be Bunk. Scientists Should Be Terrified.

    03/08/2016 6:13:49 AM PST · 6 of 96
    The_Reader_David to Cincinatus' Wife

    Probably the biggest problem in social scientific research is that it is nearly impossible to get a paper that disconfirmed some hypothesized effect published — no matter how well designed the study, no matter how careful the statistical analyses following the study, if the null-hypothesis is not rejected, the paper will be “for finding nothing”. Meta-analysis that only uses published papers simply amplify this effect by collecting all papers that “found something” and pretending that they represent all the findings.

  • The Conservative Con (Master Persuader Series)

    03/07/2016 2:02:46 PM PST · 52 of 53
    The_Reader_David to GilGil

    Not surprising that: what was once considered common sense is not so common, and those who remember what it is tend to be conservatives. In some ways conservatism is to society (or societies) what common sense used to be to individuals.

  • The Conservative Con (Master Persuader Series)

    03/07/2016 1:55:41 PM PST · 50 of 53
    The_Reader_David to GilGil
    I told you in my own words. Let me quote myself again:
    ...conservatism is not actually an ideology, but a temperament or attitude that is essentially opposed to ideology: hang on to the good from the past; don’t accept the “new” simply because it sounds good, critique it on the basis of the common experience of mankind; allow the peculiarities that have grown up as a result of history to survive if not flourish, rather than imposing “rational” solutions on everything...; accept that life is tragic...
    You did not seem to like this, but that is what there is. The suggested readings from the Anglo-American strain of conservatism are pointed to by me and others on the thread because if you don't believe my definition, you can find confirmation of it by reading Kirk, Burke, and Acton, not because the definition I gave is insufficient.
  • The Conservative Con (Master Persuader Series)

    03/07/2016 11:48:32 AM PST · 44 of 53
    The_Reader_David to GilGil
    If all you got out of hang on to the good from the past; don’t accept the “new” simply because it sounds good, critique it on the basis of the common experience of mankind; allow the peculiarities that have grown up as a result of history to survive if not flourish, rather than imposing “rational” solutions on everything...accept that life is tragic is "keeping things like they were", there really isn't any point in answering you any more.

    Read Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, or Russell Kirk's The Conservative Mind.

  • Muslims Responsible for 'Worst Year in Modern History of Christian Persecution'

    03/07/2016 11:42:45 AM PST · 13 of 17
    The_Reader_David to Charles Martel

    No. You have forgotten Bolsheviks. The low estimate is 12 million Christian martyrs, the high estimate 20 million. What is more, the Soviet era coincided with a low point in Muslim persecution of Christians: before WWII most of the Muslim world, the secularized Turkish Republic excepted, was under Western colonial rule and not persecuting Christians, and after WWII during the Cold War it was almost entirely run by secular strong-man governments in either the American or Soviet camp.

  • The Conservative Con (Master Persuader Series)

    03/07/2016 11:31:02 AM PST · 39 of 53
    The_Reader_David to GilGil

    I told you what conservatism is, and others suggested if you want a fuller explanation to read Russell Kirk, Barry Goldwater or Edmund Burke (where you will find the ideas I sketched in brief expanded on at great length). I’d add Lord Acton to the reading list.

  • The Conservative Con (Master Persuader Series)

    03/07/2016 11:24:11 AM PST · 38 of 53
    The_Reader_David to GilGil

    Read Marx and Lenin (and maybe Mao) if you want to know what Communism was about, rather than looking at nostalgic old folks in Russia. There was law and order under the Tsars (but also freedom be bear arms), but these folks are too young to remember that.

  • Do We Really Need To 'Rebuild The Military' Gigantic Barf Alert!!!)

    03/07/2016 8:31:23 AM PST · 9 of 30
    The_Reader_David to Kaslin

    Actually, rebuilding the military by restructuring it so that interservice rivalry no long drives procurement decisions would probably be a very good thing. It is probably the biggest thing that could be done to simultaneously improve readiness and keep costs down (if not actually cut them).

    In the current environment in my judgement we need more spending on ground-force modernization and less on fifth generation fighter aircraft, but try to get that past the Joint Chiefs. (And even if my judgement from afar is wrong, there are plenty of historical circumstances in which building up the Navy without building up, or maybe even while shrinking, the Army, or vice-versa, would have made sense, and likely there will be in the future, but good luck with that the way DOD is currently structured.)

  • Singapore demonstrates what happens when you allow the government to crack down on “xenophobia”

    03/07/2016 8:23:29 AM PST · 7 of 10
    The_Reader_David to BenLurkin
    So love of country is now sedition?

    It is wherever authoritarians of a multiculturalist bent are in charge of the government.

  • The Conservative Con (Master Persuader Series)

    03/07/2016 8:19:37 AM PST · 8 of 53
    The_Reader_David to GilGil

    No, Communism, the most rigidly ideological of ideologies, was all about rejecting the past by revolutionary change in favor of new untried ideas that sounded good, but flew in the face of human experience — St. John Chrysostom penned a critique of leveling in the 4th century, imposing “rational” solutions and stamping out peculiarities (central planning). It also fundamentally denied the tragic in life, with sneering dicta about breaking eggs to make omelets and millions of deaths being “a statistic”, and its expectation of the perfectibility of Man (”the New Soviet Man”).

  • The Conservative Con (Master Persuader Series)

    03/07/2016 8:10:52 AM PST · 4 of 53
    The_Reader_David to GilGil

    The problem is that conservatism is not actually an ideology, but a temperament or attitude that is essentially opposed to ideology: hang on to the good from the past; don’t accept the “new” simply because it sounds good, critique it on the basis of the common experience of mankind; allow the peculiarities that have grown up as a result of history to survive if not flourish, rather than imposing “rational” solutions on everything (in the American context this is mostly seen as letting the individual be free from government compulsion, but it also includes letting different states do things differently and keeping non-state social institutions be free from government compulsion); accept that life is tragic (the Christian conservative sees this in terms of the Fall, but the tragic sense of life is there in all properly so called variants of conservatism).

    What is incoherent and makes no sense is “right wing” because this is defined only by opposition to the programme of the left, so that everyone who opposes the left, be it American conservatives, British Tories, monarchists, ultramontanists, Nazis, anarcho-capitalists, the Dutch PVV which is almost exactly like the left in its programme, except that it sees the danger of Muslim immigration to Europe which is now part of the left’s project and vociferously opposes it... are all “right wing” (and ideally, from the left’s point of view able to be portrayed as all being Nazis).

  • “Trump is a Racist” – Another Liberal Fantasy

    03/07/2016 2:26:15 AM PST · 11 of 15
    The_Reader_David to pboyington

    It is very simple: “racist” means “white person advocating policies the left finds objectionable” (though in some parts of the academic left it simply means “white person”, and sometimes the meaning is a little narrower, “white person advocating policies the left finds objectionable that can be spun as disadvantaging racial or ethnic minorities”).