Posts from ‘April, 2011’

A tale of two mentalities

Most logical fallacies, if you boil them down to their essence, originate in taking SOME of the facts and letting them represent the ENTIRE situation. For example, if you ask why the house is on fire, and I say that Bill was smoking, I have made a true statement, but a fallacious answer; Bill was […]

The raging ego

All ideology is constructed as an interpretation of reality. Over time, in a quest for simplicity, the interpretation supplants reality. This means that ideology as we know it is a distraction from the actual quest of life. The quest of life is not universal to humans, because we can “choose” an ideology instead. But it […]

Who are you?

If Amerika aspires to be a good blog, it will be a community. Good magazines form a community; their readers seek each other out and exchange memes. Same with books, music, art, and politics. While most of our posts are about ideas, this one is about you. If you’re one of our four regular readers, […]

The aristocracy suicides

The leftist would have you believe that every person is equal to every other, and that those who are richer, smarter or better-looking are that way “by accident.” In saner times, people older than age 6 would see such a person as developmentally stunted, but now we’re expected to take leftists seriously (even if many […]

How free markets fix problems

About a year ago, the piracy situation was dire. People were downloading copies of the latest Hollywood movies, free of charge, before they were in theatres. The movie industry responded with a series of direct actions: it attempted to punish the wrongdoers in the courts; it tightened security around its product; it lobbied for harsher […]

Why diversity self-destructs

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. The Second […]

Sorting wheat from chaff

Politics is a wily game of misleading enough people with too little information that they support too little reality and just enough politics, thus channeling you into power: It’s surreal and weird and faintly ridiculous that it’s come to this. But this morning the White House caught the press corps seriously off guard by handing […]

Characterless Society II

It’s now been roughly three years since I first formulated my ideas on world politics in ‘Characterless Society’, back when Obama was running for office. My writing at the time was inspired by wonder whether the hysterical faith in this political messiah was not at least partly misplaced — promising as he might be, he […]

Collapse? We never saw it coming.

Incompetent people (and by that I mean people who cannot predict the real-world results of their actions, at all) have one thing in common, whether insane, stupid, criminal, oblivious or intoxicated: It’s not their fault. Honest. If you are incompetent in this world, you either work your way toward some basic competence or you start […]

How to Green the Right

One hefty modern politics is that underlying needs get caught up with the issue, or the political method at hand on which we are voting. Conservatives, always champions of the environment through something not coincidentally named conservation, are portrayed in our media as opposing all environmental reforms. It just isn’t so. Instead, there’s a split […]

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