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Poland Laughs Last And Will Laugh Loudest

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

You can’t be a Real Conservative and still like Poland. Let me tell you all why the latest Polish Joke will forever render them a laughingstock of retrograde, Christianist thinking.

Polish MPs have approved a bill that will phase out Sunday shopping by 2020. Initially proposed by trade unions, the idea received the support of the ruling conservative Law and Justice Party, who want to allow workers to spend more time with their families. The Sejm, the lower house of Poland’s parliament, passed the bill by 254 to 156 to restrict Sunday shopping to the first and last Sunday of the month until the end of 2018, only on the last Sunday in the month in 2019, and to ban it totally starting in 2020. It will still be permitted, however, on the Sundays before major holidays such as Christmas. Some bakeries and online shops will also be exempt.

You see Poland fails to worship ¡THE MARKET! You can’t be a Real Conservative and not worship money and work. If you take Sunday off, and are on your knees doing anything other than sucking a fat one, Modernity will teach you that it is a jealous god. Poland rebels. Poland looks at Black Friday and realizes, perhaps, that in Amerika NFL stands for Not For Long. A nation that tolerates this sort of garbage does not legitimately qualify as a nation. This Black Friday incident fairly close to where I live brings home what happens when ¡THE MARKET! gets prioritized over the culture.

Poland has priorities. The Poles get that a market is a distribution system. It is not a god. You do not worship Walmart. You buy your consumer non-durables there when it is convenient for the pervading and more important culture and religion to allow Wal-Mart to serve its necessary but limited function.

Nobody should feel that they have to take a third shift 11PM Sunday to 7AM Monday at minimum wage to avoid getting fired. Work should not be that important a part of a balanced and successful life. If that means The Rational Consumer loses marginal utility having to buy his baloney sandwich fixings at 9AM Monday or later, than maybe; just maybe, The Consumer should just damn well tie she/he/its guts to its shirt. Convenience is not the most important thing in life.

There are three things that can keep a nation unified at the end of any day ending in “Y”. They are all more important than the false and ultimately self-defeating whims of the market. A common cultural heritage, a common language and a common religious faith. Christianity provides Poland with two out of the three. That gives Poland a whole lot more to base itself upon than Germany, Great Britain and Amerika, whatever those things still are. Poland fights back against the rot of diversity, consumerism and robotic replacement of its people. Poland will ultimately laugh last and laugh loudest.

Those who tell dumb pollack jokes apparently lack the deeper understanding of life Poland and its government are putting on display. They get that Sunday shopping wasn’t just an option or a convenience. It was a destructive surjection of Modernity over a vital part of national identity. Jesus may have gathered sustenance on The Sabbath, but he also knew when it was time to chase the moneychangers out of the temple.

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

What we learn from both the Polish and the verses I’ve cited above is that the economy of a nation is a necessary but not sufficient condition to its greatness. That also the economy must exist on an Aristotelean balance between The Socialist Deathcult and the heresy of the soulless Homo Economicus. We need a functional economy to give us this day our daily bread. We cannot, however live by that daily bread alone.

The culture and the people are more important than the economy. The economical organization is merely a tool or an algorithm that must be controlled and maintained in proper proportion tot he greater societal good that it serves. Poland has chosen the greater societal good and managed to walk along the beam of proper Aristotelian Balance. Only the fools would make jokes about the dumb pollack today.

Understanding abortion

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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As typical functionalists, our temptation to view abortion as a merely pragmatic question hits us before anything else. If a child is not wanted, and will not have quality of life, why should it be born? Avoid the travesty of later failure with earlier killing.

This viewpoint takes place in what might be called the laboratory mentality, a byproduct of our rationalistic outlook: we think of one event, at one time, without repercussions beyond what is intended, from the perspective of someone removed from the situation as if a Roman god looking down from the clouds.

Back in reality, the saner parts of our minds recognize that nothing happens in a vacuum and repercussions for any act will extend far past the desired result. Even further, our actions will create a feedback loop where the world around us adjusts to what we have done and counter-acts it. Recognizing that conflicts with the essential solipsism of the human mind.

Abortion does more than terminate one child. It establishes a social standard, or a rule for how people interact with one another. That rule is:

my convenience > your life

Children who grow up in a society that tolerates abortion can expect to always find themselves on the wrong end of convenience. That is, what the parents find convenient is done for the sake of the parents, and the children are stuffed into the gaps. Divorce, lazy discipline, emotional manipulation and other traits of narcissistic personalities become the new normal. Kids endure it, but it shapes them. They become both harder and more detached, so that they are oblivious to the consequence of their actions. They do good or ill and it means the same to them. When something fails, they pick themselves up and try something else without reflection as to why it failed. It resembles the behavior we see throughout the third world.

When looking at our behavior, we must see beyond the initial event to how our acts shape the society around us. Behaviors are more like the hands of the sculptor than the cogs and switches of a machine. Setting a standard like convenience guarantees that degeneration of people, and disintegration of social order will follow. It also normalizes the idea of murder, as opposed to warfare. Where previously we fought against enemies and legitimated killing there, the standard now set defines murder as an act of personal comfort. This encourages more lax personal standards because an escape valve has been created. People march into this abyss like lugubrious sheep, unaware that the influence extends far beyond the issue, and they are conditioning themselves to become mentally and morally lazy.

The abortion issue was never clear to me until all of these things were considered. If I had to write policy regarding abortion, it would be to make it a matter solely between the patient and her general practitioner (or “regular doctor”). There would be no abortion clinics, nor would there be laws against it. Doctors would realize that making themselves abortion clearinghouses would constitute their exile from polite society, and only the drunks and incompetents would do it. Politics has failed on this issue as with many others, not only in preventing a degenerate behavior but in failing to frame the issue correctly.

Wealth and the debt culture

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

People with wealth are blamed for our problems because many middle class, and certainly most poor, cannot imagine how wealth is accumulated. It’s not about how much Steve Jobs took home in a year, it’s how much wealth he had accumulated via his life’s work – that is to say, Apple and his other investments.

Sadly, the answer is literally in the palms of those who don’t understand it. Cradling an iPhone or typing on a Windows-powered laptop, people who blame the wealthy for the world’s problems lack the intelligence to come to the following conclusions:

  • In a capitalist society, new wealth is created, in part, through ideas brought to action: services & goods which are different than services & goods already on the market.
  • Sometimes, these services or goods are only marginally different or just not very intelligent to begin with, but are backed by a strong marketing campaign. Think Apple computers, pet rocks, hybrid cars.
  • Many new ideas by individuals or smaller corporations are funded by venture capitalists (read: very wealthy people) who figure out what to invest in based in part on who and how many will buy the product or service and the risk involved. That iPhone in your hand was studied and re-imagined a hundred times before it arrived in the store for you to buy, and it’s not just the engineer or focus group facilitator who got a bonus.

So people buy the products, venture capital money continues to roll in, more ideas are funded, and more people buy. Credit becomes easy to find even among the low income crowd, until there’s a glut of new stuff, and a glut of people willing to part with money they don’t have to buy the stuff.

Does this sound like a sustainable model of consumption?

Who is to blame for it? Is it the greedy venture capitalist who did the market research and parted with a few million dollars to fund an idea with plenty of risk involved? Is it the government for flooding our banks with cash and insisting that banks give it out at low interest rates?

Look in the mirror for the answer.

It’s you, dear consumer. It’s true that government, media, and large corporations in our increasingly soulless society don’t make it easier for you. But many people become wealthy not through sleazy, illegal methods, but by having the discipline to forfeit the desires of today for the long term goals of tomorrow.

Even upper middle class folks who own small businesses and devote long hours to ensuring they succeed have to give up valuable family time, gifts for their kids, and short term investments. These people are mostly honest, hard-working, and have no designs of expanding their business beyond their town.

And what do you see when they succeed? Usually they give back to the community in some way, even if it’s just sponsoring baseball uniforms for Little League.

And so it goes with the wealthy: those with wealth, who can continue to generate wealth simply by investing a good chunk of cash in safe, low-interest bearing accounts, will continue to give the lion’s share of any charity at home or abroad.

What do consumers do, by comparison? Spend. They have no wealth, and many can barely be considered affluent just in terms of household income, yet as soon a a little money comes their way, they spend it. On their homes, on themselves, on vacations, on televisions, on gizmos.

Eventually, you look at the mail and realize those eight retail cards you opened will spike in interest if you don’t pay them off soon. Spending has to curb temporarily; you can’t afford the iPad, home theater system, and the Disney trip. Choices have to be made. And not the fun choices, like Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts for breakfast.

Instead of holding people responsible for their debts or fixing the system so it doesn’t happen again, we keep the boom and bust debt cycle going – despite the fact that most people probably should never have had access to the type of funds requiring better decision-making capabilities.

When millions of people are allowed to put themselves in this position all at once, suddenly the house of cards, comprised of easy credit and a fragile banking system, falls. But as long as more wealthy are around to help pick up the pieces and save us from ourselves, then continue the venture capital game, the cycle continues.

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