They will cut you out

Let me explain a painful realism for the herd out there: all of our policy since 1789 has been based on the idea that society owes each of you survival. In other words, because you are human, society should provide for you to have a job, income, safe housing and so on. Liberal politics arose…

How a conservative might implement Universal Basic Income (UBI)

The hive mind buzzes lately with the idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI) or a salary paid to people for simply existing. The hype says that it will be cheaper than welfare and treat everyone well. Dissent says that it is just another freebie designed to buy votes. Both are correct to a degree. UBI…

Growing pains

You may have noticed that the site has lagged or been down lately. There are several reasons for this, but the most interesting is that we are growing. Our basic web stats for the past two weeks show: Successful requests for pages: 398,014 Average successful requests for pages per day: 30,580 Average data transferred per…

The big world out there

Most people live in very small worlds. These worlds consist of their social group, people at their jobs, and their families. Beyond that, they know little — and they do not care. Their goal almost universally becomes to have an identity within this small social group. Here they can be either the big cheese, or…

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre 384 pages, Crown, $17 When the Cold War came grinding to an end, the thought struck many of us that it was not over. As long as there are potential superpowers competing for the throne, there will be some form of a…

What people misunderstand about liberalism

You, the nice and well-intentioned people of the world, have a fatal flaw: you generally take things at face value. You are reasonable. Most of the people of the world are unreasonable. They do not care if they are telling the truth or what the consequences of their actions are. They will push you out…

Idiots confuse degree with exceptions to rule

Idiots possess favorite tactics that allow them to insert questions or objections that are structurally nonsense but parse as language, requiring smart people to pause and spend time analyzing the insanity before realizing it is, on a logical level, nothing but babble. One of their favorite gambits is to insist that reality does not exist….

The rule in sexual assault: self-preservation

Currently a debate rages among our dim-witted fellow egalitarian voters about whether a woman has a right not to be raped. One side argues that women should not ‘have to’ use precautions against rape. In this view, rape simply should not occur and the responsibility for that lies with men, not with women in taking…

Idiots argue by exception

As society separates its layers, more fools and idiots insert themselves into debate and analysis. Their goal is to remove the requirement that logic prevail so that they can then argue for emotional and appearance-based changes. One favorite tactic of fools involves using exceptions, and this comes in two forms: first, they argue by pointing…

Esoteric Social Darwinism

Conventional wisdom, science and ancient religion seem to agree on the necessity for humans to overcome their lower impulses and discipline their minds in order to become functional as human beings. Our lowest impulses are formed of innate motivations to point us toward activities we need to do, like eating, fighting, fleeing and reproduction. Once…

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