The university is a central pillar of white supremacy. It has to be destroyed like all white supremacist institutions simultaneously.So I just saw this post by @FarLeftWatch about a multi-day "White Privilege Conference" hosted by Ryerson Univeristy. Yes, it was exactly the type of intersectionalist stew of postmodernist, SJW nonsense we've all come to know and loathe.
As Far Left Watch notes, Rinaldo Walcott, the keynote speaker and Director of the Women & Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto noted that "free speech and academic freedom are "white supremacist speech." And furthermore, "The university is a central pillar of white supremacy. It has to be destroyed like all white supremacist institutions simultaneously." And even better "End the damn myth universities are not sanctuaries of free ideas. They are sites of white supremacist logics that allow some small diffs."
Self-reflection isn't apparently one of Walcott's strengths. After all, if "The university is a central pillar of white supremacy," why does it allow him to speak and, in fact, pay him to do so? Any self-respecting white supremacist would at the very least not hire him and in all likelihood, harass, attack and silence him. Yet he speaks unmolested.
Instead, actual white supremacists have their websites literally stolen by Google. It's hard to feel bad for such trash, but what a horrible precedent. Especially when Silicon Valley leans so far left a guy can get fired from Facebook for a memo that states scientifically mainstream positions on gender differences. How long before pro-life sites get taken down because of "hate" or some other mainstream conservative site? A study found that when Facebook changed its algorithm, conservative sites saw traffic from Facebook fall 14 percent while liberal sites saw a 2 percent rise. And insiders at Twitter have said that Twitter shadow bans and outright bans conservatives on a routine basis.
And colleges are even worse. Indeed, many conservative speakers, along with some BDS types, have been uninvited from colleges. Mainstream Republicans such as Ben Shapiro can't even give a speech at liberal colleges like Berkeley without Antifa causing a riot. And somehow in Europe, it's even worse, with people being arrested routinely for mean tweets and Nazi pugs.
Racism still exists, of course. But this talk of living in a "white supremacist state" is ridiculous. If anything, we live in a politically correct state, and that state is both merging with and being supplanted by various large tech companies, which makes this situation all the more precarious.
I recently wrote a post on how there is no "there" to get to and it is vital for your own happiness and wellbeing to learn to enjoy the path and not obsess about the destination. In that same vein, I've also come to realize that there is no "lifestyle" or "routine" to get to either.
What I mean by this is no that you can't develop healthy habits or a good routine. Those things are in fact, vital to develop. What I mean is that you will never get to a point where you will always do those things. You will always be interrupted by travel, emergencies or just falling back on old, bad habits.
In the same way that life will come with good times and bad times, your habits will ebb and flow. Your lifestyle will ebb and flow. You'll get to a place where you feel like you're doing everything right and then it will break down and you'll have to build it up again.
You'll hear a lot about this or that habit that billionaires or super successful people have, but I can guarantee you they don't always have those habits. Sometimes, they'll fall out of them and have to get themselves back into them. It will ebb and it will flow as it will with even the most disciplined and successful people.
One time after a football game in high school, one of our coaches chastised us by saying "you guys get too high when good things happen and too low when bad things happen." This is why this concept is important. You should expect to fall out of good habits. No you shouldn't try to fall out of them, but it will happen nonetheless.
You should, instead, try to develop the best habits you can, knowing that they will break and you will have to fix them. This self-knowledge will allow you to cope more effectively for when things do fall apart. The worst thing you can do is mope and become depressed about it. If you know it will happen, then you know it was just an inevitable stumbling block you will now have to overcome. Predicting problems in advance (including perpetual problems, such as this) makes those problems easier to deal with.
Hopefully, as you continue to work on self-improvement, each plateau will be at a "higher" place where you are acting even more effectively. The highs will get higher and the lows will be less low. But this isn't necessarily going to be the case. And knowing that life isn't a linear progression is one of the best ways possible to "give yourself a break" and learn to enjoy the path rather than obsess over the destination.
I just finished writing an article that will be published on BiggerPockets soon about why we don't need the best stuff, because, quite frankly, it's a giant waste of money. The story I lead off with I think tells the whole story.
I got my CCIM (a certification in real estate) recently and to commemorate it, they gave me this really fancy pen. And I mean, really fancy! But then I lost it the next day.
Later on, I bought a pack of 20 BIC pens for $1.69. Yeah, less than 10 cents a pen and yet they do everything I need them to. Yes, they will probably run out of ink quicker, but I lose pens so fast it does't really matter.
Or if you like fancy pens and don't tend to lose them, you could just buy this fancy super pen for $1005!
Indeed, I was reminded of this little story from a friend of mine who lost his sun glasses and then bought a pair of $6 sunglasses to temporarily replace them. The thing was, those sunglasses were just fine and he saw no reason to get another pair.
Yes, of course you should avoid buying junk that will just break, especially if were talking about important tools (computers, skill saws, etc.) but far and away, the high-priced name brands and luxury items are just unnecessary fluff. Given how far in debt Americans are, we all really need to stop worrying about "keeping up with the Joneses" and just buy the less expensive stuff that gets the job done.
A few days ago Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran agreement Barack Obama made to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The deal had problems as far as I could see, most notably that it expired in 10 years. But the IAEA says Iran was in compliance, so I don't see pulling out as a good thing at all.
Yeah, Benjamin Netenyahu put together his little dog and pony show about how Iran lied and was actually trying to make nuclear weapons. Uh huh. We've heard this song before. Remember, Netenyahu spoke before congress in the lead up to the Iraq war saying that "If you take out Saddam, Saddam's regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region."
How did that work out?
After all, this is what the neocons have wanted so badly for so long. Bill Kristol called the Iran deal "Munich." You know, because every two-bit dictator is literally Hitler. (Unless Trump is actually literally Hitler, this must be a confusing time for neocons.)
Unfortunately, Trump has always been philosophically shallow and all over the place. It's good at times, because some of his bad ideas (like increasing torture) get shot down. But so do his good ones, like staying out of another Middle Eastern quagmire. Unfortunately, it seems, the neocons have found a way back in and we may be seeing George W. Bush II.
While I've been on an anti-communism kick, I came across some guy on Twitter noting how "capitalism allows 20 million to starve to death each year" because of insufficient food, water or medicine. Yes, capitalism "allows" this to happen.
Of course, people who just died of inadequate healthcare in communist countries are not considered to have been killed by communists, so this is an apples-to-oranges sort of affair. Furthermore, these deaths generally happen in kleptocracies, like those in much of Africa. These are hardly the liberal, capitalist democracies ardent capitalists like me espouse. And no, I'm not saying "real capitalism has never been tried." And nor am I saying that we can't do better than what we have now. But it's ridiculous to assume that some warlord ruling a poverty-stricken country by force can be counted as a "capitalist country."
In my response, I found four graphs that show in contrary to "allowing" these deaths, capitalism certainly appears to be alleviating them at a rapid clip.
Of course, correlation isn't causation... but damn! That's a lot of progress and I dare say it wasn't all just technology. Much of it was, but much it was also capital accumulation that has proliferated the most in capitalist countries. Furthermore, free economies and free societies are highly correlated.
That being said, there are a lot of worrying signs. From the decline of the family, to the erosion of civil liberties, declines in economic freedom, environmental issues, increased polarization, ethnic tension and a more and more Marxist(ish) intellectual class. We should not take these gains for granted.
While I'm on the theme of communism bashing, I thought I would post this very cool infographic from InformationIsBeautiful.net put together with data from the WHO and OECD. Some of these causes belong in two categories, such as murders by ideology and genocide (which is under the category Murder instead of Ideology for some reason). As it turns out, disease killed a lot of people. Who would have thought?
Humanity did a lot too though. But if you split it out by actual killing, you get these results:
- War: 131 Million
- Ideology: 142 Million
- Murder: 58 Million
Under Ideology, you have the following,
- Communism: 94 Million
- Fascism: 28 Million
- Democracy: 15 Million
- Catholocism: 3 Million
- Baathism (Saddam Hussein): 2 Million
Wow. Fascism sucks, but wow, communism really puts everything else to shame. Indeed, communism is responsible for almost as many deaths (94 Million) as all other forms of government and all murders combined (106 Million).
And of course, communism was responsible for many of the war deaths too, holding most of the responsibility for the Russian Civil War and, as many forget, being an aggressor in World War II (they invaded Poland and the Baltic states prior to Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union).
Some guy who was supported terrorism and inspired the mass murder of something like 100 million people was born 200 years ago or something
So a couple days back was the 200th birthday of Karl Marx. You know, the guy that thought history worked in a linear progression, the labor theory of value was correct (i.e. if I spend one hour building a computer and you spend 10 hours building a tower of dog shit, your tower of dog shit is worth 10 times more than my computer), that human's were effectively blank slates and that we could transform ourselves into completely altruistic beings that treated people we'd never met like our children and that the state would magically wither away once achieving complete power. Oh and a bunch of people in a bunch of places put his ideas into practice and killed something like a 100 million people.
Yeah, that guy.
Dominic Sandbrook has a really good article showing that the atrocities of communism were not a perversion of communism, but instead the logical application of it. Indeed, he notes, "As the U.S. historian Stephen Kotkin has shown, the Soviet dictator was not a monster who happened to be a Marxist. He was a monster because he was a Marxist. As a young man, Stalin studied Marx's theories with obsessive dedication. Then, after winning power, he put them into practice."
He also quotes Marx' thoughts on things like terrorism and mass murder,
"There is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated and that way is revolutionary terror."
"We have no compassion and we ask no compassion from you... When our turn comes, we shall not make excuses for the terror."
Should it be any surprise that communists have so often been terrorists when out of power and totalitarian mass-murders when in power? I think not.
Or across the pond...
I guess Owen's is sort of a joke... maybe?
Either way, there's nothing abnormal about this on the Left these days. The New York Times published an article titled "Happy Birthday Karl Marx. You Were Right!" And The Guardian published one titled "Two centuries on, Karl Mark feels more revolutionary than ever." Medium, for its part, seems to be doing what it does and pushing more hard left nonsense by putting an article titled "Karl Marx, Prosperity Coach" to the top of my feed.
And of course we got a propaganda movie about Marx last year too. (Admittedly I haven't seen it, but I suspect it left out the part of him knocking up his maid, begging for money from Engels right after his mother dies and having genital boils, though.) Not to mention a hole assortment of articles from leftwing rags such as Salon and The Rolling Stone have praised Marx, as well as as a bunch of Hollywood morons.
And these assholes have the audacity to fearmonger about the rise of fascism...
So I signed up for Medium a while back and posted a few articles and then forgot about it. Then I started getting weekly emails and somehow virtually every one included an article from Ezinne Ukoha. I never followed her or anything so I have no idea why this is happening, but good God, this lady is a piece of work. And I can't say I'm particularly optimistic about the future if this is the kind of the rhetoric coming out of the Left. Although many of them are just nonsense. A sampling of her articles:
"Why Barbara Bush's Death Shouldn't Erase Her History of Gross Entitlement"
"An Open Letter to the White Woman Who Willfully Got Two Black Men Arrested"
"Dear White People Your Privilege is Killing Us"
"How the Kardashians Keep Getting Away With Villainizing Black Men"
"Dear Colonizers, Return the Goods You Stole Because It's the Right Thing To Do" (I don't think she's talking about the Ottoman Empire, by the way)
"Why Iggy Azalea's Privilege to Be 'Black" Needs to Be Permanently Revoked"
Hahaha, that last one... Here's how she describes Azealia Banks,
"Black male producers who help foster talent in an industry that demands a certain aesthetic for female rappers who are always ready to do whatever it takes for stardom — have pretty much demonstrated their utter disdain for Banks — as she terrorizes their crippling bias against her — which is fueled by a rebelliousness that is typically associated with Black women who refuse to take any type of shit."
Really deep analysis you got there...
Banks, by the way, once said Sarah Palin should be gang raped by a bunch of black men. I guess she was being rebellious. Regarding Iggy on the other hand, "it’s almost impossible to ignore the opportunity to examine the varied ways in which White people choose to downplay their privilege — at the expense of the very people they’ve chosen to appropriate."
The latest article that popped up first in my feed asks "Where Was The Outrage When Former First Lady Michelle Obama Was Labeled 'Ape in Heels?'" in regards to the whole Michelle Wolf fiasco. But, the comments she was discussing were not made at the White House Correspondent's Dinner but by a former director of the Clay County Development Corp and the article she links to actually discussed the outrage the post inspired; "West Virginia non-profit director, who called Michelle Obama an 'Ape in heels' in racist Facebook post, is fired."
That last bit, the bit about being "fired." That's where the outrage was Ezinne.
Anyways, there's no point in rebutting this nonsense but it is interesting to me that her posts always appear in my feed despite never having followed her or anything like that. It's almost like Medium is following in Facebook, Google's and Twitter's footsteps by being another massive tech company trying to ram leftwing politics down our throats.
One thing that I used to always wish for was to reach some sort of equilibrium in life. Namely, I wanted to reach a point where I never had to worry about my career again, or got down to the right weight or got in "good enough" shape or had enough money or had a daily routine that I always stuck by. I've come to realize that this is a fairly self-defeating desire.
While I'm all in favor of systems, I think we have to expect that things will break from time to time. This is especially true when we travel. Sometimes, our schedule will go haywire. It will take time to get back on top of things. Sometimes we'll eat terribly for a few days, or stop working out for a few weeks. Sometimes our career might be exciting, others it might feel pointless.
I've come to accept that we need to look at this from a more macro perspective. There will always be ebbs and flows in life. We should never plan on "getting there" because there is no "there" to get. We can always do better than we are now. Even Warren Buffet could make more money. Hell, Jeff Bezos has more than him.
The key is to try to build systems and align your life so that 1) you will be successful, although the "what" and "how" isn't necessary to answer and 2) will enjoy the path. Finally, 3) you need to be able to both forgive yourself for deviating from time to time and understand that you will, because no one and no system is ever perfect.
That is the type of equilibrium, if it can even be called that, that we should be striving for.
To celebrate this May Day, when anarchist and communist "protesters" are setting Paris alight, The Onion reminds us that despite its partial descent into SJW nonsense, it can still knock them out of the park from time to time:
And of course, commie twitter had to come back with responses that could be guessed a mile away.
For why communism always devolves into Not Real Communism™ every single time, see my articles for Mises.org on the subject:
"Humans are Hard-Wired to Value Some People over Others"
"Markets Are Our Best Hope for Peaceful Cooperation"
"Every day is a new life to the wise man."
The Righteous Mind
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