Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Assorted Opinions and Maxims

Government is force.

Government is an armed minority, occupying territory, and taxing the inhabitants thereof to reward its supporters.

All government is unjust, because government leaders reward their supporters before the rest of the people.

The only warrant for government power is an existential peril.

There is nothing more annoying to a politician than the lack of a crisis.

What people want from government and political leaders is protection.

Politics is the art of division.

There is no such thing as justice, only injustice.

Social justice is not justice, it is vengeance.

Socialism is the religion that sanctifies loot and plunder as moral obligations.

Nietzsche: "the priests" teach us to hate ourselves. Me: the politicians teach us to hate others.

Politics is the division between "us" and "them;" Religion is the division between "good" and "evil." Totalitarianism is the division between "us good people" and "them evil people."

Great Reaction: Socialism is neo-slavery; the welfare state is neo-feudalism; identity politics is neo-tribalism; reparations is neo-vengeance; activism is part neo-knight-errantry, part pro-regime street-thuggery, and part activisme, or gentry kids putting on a play; helpless victims are neo-sacrifice, social justice is neo-plunder.

Crimes of the Left: Driving working class off the road to the middle class; misdirecting women in the public square; making war on middle class culture and values; taxing business and ordinary people and enslaving them to ruling-class crusades to save the world.

Lefties created the two greatest slave societies in history. In one century.

Trump is the idiot you get when the usual idiots have screwed up.

Politics is about trying to get things you shouldn't want.

Every society since the dawn of time, and especially ours, is drenched in religion.

Every human alive has a religion, that explains for him, and especially her, the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

People that deny they have a religion are the most religious of all.

Four Laws: Socialism cannot work because it cannot compute prices (Mises). The administrative state cannot work because the Man in Washington does not have the bandwidth to run the economy (Hayek) Regulation does not work because "regulatory capture" (Stigler). Government programs cannot work because you can never reform them (Chantrill).

We forget that for every success story there are dozens of failures.

Most successes are a consequence of second, third and fourth attempts.

The world is full of good ideas. What it needs are good ideas that work.

US Politics in Four Lessons: The American People are the best people in the world. The USA is the best country in the world. When you lose a normal change election you concede with a good grace. Anyone that accuses someone of being a racist is a monster.

Anyone that calls another a racist is a hater.

Anyone that calls another a hater is a racist/sexist etc.

Anyone who raises the subject of race is a racist. The one who talks about race the longest is the racist.

Men have a Culture of Insult, as in "what's yer problem, pal?"

Women have a Culture of Complaint, as in "I can't believe she said that!"

Men are creators, fighters, destroyers; Women are learners, carers, teachers.

Today's Activist is a ruling-class stooge.

Activists are fake revolutionaries.

Activists are actors, play-acting revolution.

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