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Archive for September, 2017

hollowing of the middle class

An interesting development in 2018 will be, the ideological hollowing-out of the middle class. (more paranoid version: the middle class is already hollowed out, and they’re just going to start SHOWING IT next year!) It’s commonplace to speak of the middle class as being hollowed out economically.  As in, there are literally fewer of them. […]

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THE ONLY WAY PEOPLE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT IDEOLOGY

If you ask anyone (from commies, anarchists, nazis, technocrats, to religious crazies [and even the Vanishing Endangered Liberals!]) to describe their ideal society, I guarantee they’ll all start off with abstractions: You’ll first hear broad, ‘who-doesn’t-like THIS?’-style abstractions, such as FREEDOM! JUSTICE!  LIBERTY!  OPPORTUNITY! Plus some more, uh, ominously specific ones like HERITAGE! or INTERNATIONAL […]

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MISSING FROM THE FREE SPEECH DEBATE

Instead of asking Berkeley Riot People (AKA Loud Ninjas) why they are trying to beat up so-and-so for their hate speech… has anyone asked them who they WOULD allow to speak?   Like, who do you disagree with, but in the end, you’d permit other people to hear them and judge their message for themselves? […]

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Snobs

I don’t like the term ‘snob’, because it means ‘you think your neighborhood’s culture is superior to everyone else’s – which is how EVERYONE thinks, for christ’s sake – but it’s only applied to rich people. The only special thing about rich people’s contempt for different cultures is, they control the media, so their point […]

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WHO DIVIDES-AND-CONQUERS WHOM?

Radical political change is usually a carrot-and-stick affair. You have one group of radicals which is organized and peaceful (the public face of a movement) and another group of radicals which is secret, violent, and (wink-wink-nudge-nudge) totally unconnected to the legitimate resistance. (the violent faction is sometimes highly organized, but at other times it’s just […]

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