Friday, March 17, 2017

"Strategic" Bombing & Munich & Miscellaneous

I'm a blood-and-soil guy. If you love flesh-and-blood human beings, humanity in the abstract will take care of itself. Reverse those priorities and you'll transmogrify into a humanitarian with a guillotine. Lincoln sucks.

Wholesale civilian slaughter, even in furtherance of an otherwise noble goal--e.g., surrendering Eastern Europeans to the tender mercies of Josef Stalin--is an intrinsically disordered act.

He who defends homicidal humanitarianism, let him be anathema.

No, everybody you disagree with is not Hitler. Everybody the U.S. foreign-policy establishment disagrees with is Hitler.

When will Vladimir Putin stop playing Neville Chamberlain? When will the vaunted Community of Nations stop appeasing the elected dictatorship of the United States?

NATO: visualize World Police.
NATO: visualize Whirled Peas.
NATO: visualize a centralized mayhem apparatus parading as an instrument of geopolitical order.

Who cares if the Russians replace the post-World War II international order (sic) with something more aligned with their interests? Who's to say something more aligned with their interests isn't more aligned with our own?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Equations for Civility and Liberty

"Those who would give up  essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Thus quoth wily old Ben Franklin who, however, got it all wrong. What those people deserve is beside the point. What do they get?

Ludwig von Mises got it half right. "Government is the negation of liberty," he wrote. But negation of liberty does nothing to promote safety. 

Trading liberty for safety is a fool's errand. In point of fact, civil order and government--which is just another word for monopoly violence--are inversely related. The inverse-square law, which describes physical phenomena like magnetism, light, sound, and radiation, seems to apply. 


Replace intensity with safety and distance with government encroachments. The formula then encapsulates a well-established social phenomenon. Civil order drops precipitously as the welfare-warfare police state expands even minimally.  

Those interested in the counter-intuitive relationship between liberty and safety can read my groundbreaking article "Freedom Versus Order? Since When?!" at LewRockwell.com. 
http://archive.lewrockwell.com/orig7/pivetta7.1.1.html.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Immigration Versus Invasion?

One more thing and then I'll shut up. The difference between immigration and invasion warrants further discussion.

Say Mohammedan hordes wielding AK-47s land on the shores of Sicily. After a campaign of rape and plunder, vigorously resisted by the Italian government and armed local militias, they institute (freelance) Sharia law at the point of their guns.

Now say unarmed Mohammedan hordes swarm the shores of Sicily. After a campaign of rape and plunder, dutifully ignored when not enthusiastically subsidized by the oh-so-tolerant Italian government, they seize the machinery of democracy and vote themselves (government-payroll) Sharia law.

What's the lesson here? That Sicilians and "their" government ought not to resist the armed invaders because the Mohammedans can just as "peaceably" seize the machinery of democracy and vote themselves (government-payroll) Sharia law?

Left-libertarians get right-libertarians all wrong. We don't want to enlist the government to keep our ancestral homelands free of alien and hostile elements. We don't even trust it to do that. We want separation of borders and state.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

"Remember the 11 Million"?

http://www.jta.org/2017/01/31/news-opinion/united-states/remember-the-11-million-why-an-inflated-victims-tally-irks-holocaust-historians

From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

There's fake news and there's fake non-news. You might call fake non-news studiously ignored legitimate news. Call each a prong in the Establishment's two-pronged attack on real news.

Clip:

“'Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.'
"It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesperson’s unit last week marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. And it was asserted in an article shared by the Trump White House in defense of its controversial Holocaust statement the same day omitting references to the 6 million Jewish victims.
"It is, however, a number without any scholarly basis.
"Indeed, say those close to the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, its progenitor, it is a number that was intended to increase sympathy for Jewish suffering but which now is more often used to obscure it.
.  .   .   
"Yehuda Bauer, an Israeli Holocaust scholar who chairs the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, said he warned his friend Wiesenthal, who died in 2005, about spreading the false notion that the Holocaust claimed 11 million victims – 6 million Jews and 5 million non-Jews.
“I said to him, ‘Simon, you are telling a lie,' Bauer recalled in an interview Tuesday. He said, ‘Sometimes you need to do that to get the results for things you think are essential.’
"Bauer and other historians who knew Wiesenthal said the Nazi hunter told them that he chose the 5 million number carefully: He wanted a number large enough to attract the attention of non-Jews who might not otherwise care about Jewish suffering, but not larger than the actual number of Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust, 6 million."
Here's the money quote, oozing irony: 
"Nonetheless, Weitzman acknowledged that Wiesenthal’s formulation, decades later, was inadvertently contributing to the efforts among right-wing nationalists in Europe to minimize Jewish suffering in the Holocaust.
“'This is used as a political tool to minimize the Jewish aspect, to write it out of history, or to maximize other victims’ suffering to make them the prime victims and claim a place of honor in the role of victims,' he said. 'Unfortunately to some people, it becomes a competitive game, especially for political purposes.'”
.   .   .
“'The Trump statement makes a salad of the Holocaust,' [Bauer] said. 'This is soft denial.'”

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Immaterial Animating Principle

There is no God. There is no spirit realm.
Everything is material.
Man acts. Man gives man free will.
Wait. If everything is material, how can I possibly act? In what sense do I have free will? Without an immaterial animating principle, I lack all agency. Everything I do is the end-product of chemical reactions. There is no "ought" or "ought not," only a perpetual "is."
I punch you in the nose? You can't hold me responsible. Physics made me do it.
Man is material.
Man has free will.
Man has a plan.
Is that the Unholy Trinity? These grindingly antagonistic anti-God people are confusing.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Great Non-God Verbal Formalism

T: Again with the "rights." Thank the Great Non-God Verbal Formalism you're not religious.

D: I thought you said that rights exist, it's just that they are metaphysical.

T: If you espouse Sky Wizardry ("rights") with no Sky Wizard, you're not being religious. You're being *rational*!  The intellectual contortions are breathtaking. And on and on they go.

D: So are you trying to justify your religious belief in your Sky Wizard by sarcastically berating rights?

T: So are you trying to justify your religious belief in your Sky Wizardry ("rights") by sarcastically berating the Sky Wizard?

K: Rights are a logical construct of how moral agents should behave toward one another based on their natural existence. How those moral agents came into existence is irrelevant.

T: Sure they're logical. That's why there's such unanimity of agreement about them.

N: Actually, even murderers and thieves don't want to be killed or stolen from . . . . 

T: Fetuses don't want to be aborted. Big deal.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Freedom Defined is Freedom Denied!

"Freedom defined is freedom denied!"
~Anti-Rights Anarchist

"Don't tell me what I can and cannot define!"
~Pro-Rights Anarchist