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It is all the wokesters’ and government’s fault – American Thinker

Posted by M. C. on September 8, 2021

What is the best way ahead?  Less social justice.  More plain old ordinary justice.  Then reduced statism.  “That government is best which governs least” is a truism for a good reason: it is tried and true.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/09/it_is_all_the_wokesters_and_governments_fault.html

By Walter E. Block

All major problems can be fairly laid at the door of the government, particularly on the woke philosophy that energizes all too much of its behavior.

They take half the GDP away from us.  Most of these funds are spent in wasteful ways: paying people not to work; welfare, which breaks up the family; subsidies to all and sundry.  Worse, an awful lot of it is spent on inculcating regulations, licenses, dictates, which further reduces the ability of the private sector to create affluence.  Maybe, without their “helping us,” our prosperity could be quadruple what it is now.  In sharp contrast, during the feudal days, the lord required the serfs to work on his lands only two days per week, for a grand total tax rate of about 28%.  This compares rather favorably to our above 50% tax take.  True, there were other onerous requirements imposed upon the serfs, but still, this gives us pause as to how far down the garden path we’ve gone.

What would we do with these great riches were we to have them at our disposal?

One thing for sure would be to invest in weather control.  The Ida storm has wrought havoc in southern Louisiana and has led to death and destruction in a large swath of states to the north and east of the Pelican State.  In hundred years, maybe even fifty, cloud seeding technology could make this sort of weather outrage a thing of the past.  What can bring this happy date a bit closer?  For one thing, if we were much richer, a least a portion of that capital, human and physical, would be used for this purpose.  For another, stopping affirmative action and going back to merit as the criterion for choosing our scientists, mathematicians, engineers, etc. would be a step in the right direction.  Instead, wokester Harvard and its ilk are busily attempting to justify the quotas they impose upon very bright students who have the wrong skin color.  The National Institute for Health is demanding that the laboratories of the nation “look like America” in terms of pigmentation if they want to be funded.  Happily, the Mississippi Levies have not failed this time around, as they did during Hurricane Katrina.  Then, they were under the auspices of the Army Corps of Engineers, which is in charge of these flood protections to the present day.  Had this portion of the economy been privatized, that would not have long endured.  As philosopher-economist Thomas Sowell reminds us: “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”

Another avenue for investment would be the battle against COVID.  The Biden administration is imposing all sorts of regimentation on the citizenry while not doing very much at all to stem the invasion of this disease from carriers flooding through our southern border.  It is complicit, too, in undermining merit in terms of laboratory membership — the very people upon whom we rely to innovate our way out of this mess.  Instead, the powers that be are focusing their energies on canceling naysayers, lifting their medical licenses.  They supposedly rely on “science” to justify their ham-handed orders, but this is the opposite of open-ended inquiry.

One of the problems in this regard is the doctor shortage.  We hear tales of heroic physicians working around the clock into exhaustion.  This is admirable.  But why do we have so few people in the medical field?  This problem, too, may be laid at the door of the government.  They support and are complicit with the American Medical Association’s vicious practice of restricting entry to this sector of the economy.

Then there is the debacle of Afghanistan.  The U.S. poured billions in treasure, and thousands of precious lives, into an attempt to turn that country into an Asian version of New Hampshire.  They learned nothing from the failure of the French, and then our American forebears, to accomplish something similar in Vietnam, nor from the Russian decades-long failure in Afghanistan to impose institutions that are foreign to the Afghans.  The U.S. military, instead of focusing on preparedness, turned its attention on a whole host of mission-irrelevant politically correct social justice concerns.  Perhaps that is all to the good if it lessens U.S. adventurism abroad.  Unfortunately, this is not bloody likely.  This institution is like a small weak boy who is mouthy and derisive: not a good combination.

What is the best way ahead?  Less social justice.  More plain old ordinary justice.  Then reduced statism.  “That government is best which governs least” is a truism for a good reason: it is tried and true.

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Useful Idiots on Parade – Kunstler

Posted by M. C. on April 16, 2019

No one mentioned the fact that Ecuador was promised debt relief from the US-controlled International Monetary Fund within hours of expelling Mr. Assange.

https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/useful-idiots-on-parade/

James Howard Kuntsler

Anyone interested in glimpsing the Wokester media mentality in full intellectual-yet-idiot smuggery might check out Slate’s Political Gabfest (i.e. podcast) from this past Saturday, titled The Wahoo Edition.” The Gabfest’s three regulars, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson go after Julian Assange as if they were three college dormitory RAs dissecting the character of an unpopular freshman.

Plotz kicked it off by introducing Mr. Assange as “the eminence greasy of Wikileaks,” a cute twist on the French phrase éminence grise (gray eminence, i.e. an elder statesman, pronounced eminence greez, and he knows it). Bazelon offered her explanation for Ecuador’s eagerness to be rid of Mr. Assange: “He was acting like a big jerk. They were tired of him skateboarding all over the residence and scuffing up the walls and not cleaning his bathroom. He wore out his welcome on hospitality grounds.” Note: Emily Bazelon is a lawyer. No one mentioned the fact that Ecuador was promised debt relief from the US-controlled International Monetary Fund within hours of expelling Mr. Assange.

Plotz quickly added: “He didn’t clean up after his cat, which, as a cat owner, that is grounds for expulsion.”

Dickerson weighed in: “The big problem is he’s not an appealing man… he’s clearly a narcissist. He’s unpleasant. In addition to messing with our election, he’s basically on Team Russia.”

Plotz said of Wikileaks: “It’s acting as an agent for a foreign governments, as it has with Russia.”

Some people in this sore beset republic get hooked on opiates or crystal meth. Wokesters get hooked on The Narrative: That Russia “stole” the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton by hacking the Democratic National Committee’s emails, with the collusion of the Trump campaign. The latter point has been authoritatively invalidated by Mr. Mueller, of course, but the Wokester’s cling to their hope that some as-yet-concealed mischief in the Mueller Report will somehow contradict Mr. Mueller’s own conclusions.

As for the alleged hacking per se, you realize of course that neither the FBI nor Mr. Mueller’s “team,” nor anyone in the DOJ before the retirement of Jeff Sessions made any effort to secure and examine the very DNC computer servers at issue. Rather, they relied on a private company called CrowdStrike, hired by Hillary and the DNC itself, to analyze the alleged hacking. Can you imagine anything more arrantly dishonest or more legally irregular?

The Slate Gabfest crew never engages in these dark issues…

There is probably a good reason that US government authorities did not essay to make Mr. Assange a witness on-the-record: because his testimony would have prevented Mr. Mueller from bringing his bullshit charges against the Russian internet trolls he indicted — who will never have to come to trial in the USA in any case, and thus never refute The Narrative so earnestly promoted by the Mueller team — until it all fell apart on March 24.

But these are not terms that the Slate Political Gabfest chose to follow in their analysis of Julian Assange and his activities. Rather we got the following, transcribed verbatim:

Bazelon: “Assange is so detestable it’s really tempting to get as far away from him as possible. One look at him and I feel that way about him.”

Plotz: “Do you think Joe Biden would get a little handsy with him?”

Bazelon: “He’s far creepier.”

Dickerson: “You don’t find that Dickensian beard alluring?”

Bazelon: “It’s awful. But I always thought he was clean-shaven yucky.”

Such are the Deep Thoughts of America’s leading Wokester political analysts…

Imagine them subjecting Daniel Ellsberg to such a hazing.


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