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Power is illusion, and those who lust for power are the moral equivalents of drug addicts, but instead of getting fake and momentary happiness from a substance, they get it from a lie. Kissinger famously said that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac, and it is; illusions are by nature sweet. People crave deception, lust to be deceived, if it means they can toss aside their responsibilities and let somebody else take the blame for their bad behavior. However it never makes anyone happy. Embracing reality, and an increasing understanding of truth, make us happy. No matter how sweet the illusion, it's empty calories that vanish quickly. Nourishment isn't always sweet, it may even be bitter, and it takes time to digest, but in the long run real food offers more than a donut.
They're right about institutional racism in America. The Democrats control all the institutions, and they are just as racist now as they ever were when they used to dress up in white sheets. Democratic policies since 1964 have done more damage to black America than the KKK ever dreamed possible. Who needs to castrate a few black men when you can convince women to abort their babies instead? What better way to keep their numbers down, to cull the 'human weeds' in Sanger's construction? The Democratic leopard hasn't changed its spots, just tactics.
I go you one further. A Methodist school should be able to require that all faculty, even those on loan from the military, be Methodist, not just generic Christian of any stripe. Free association means choosing associates for oneself, not having to follow the prejudices of random strangers who are waging holy war against anyone who believes differently from themselves.
This is entirely due to scientists themselves. Not all of them, of course; just those who rush to a microphone to breathlessly claim some awesome new discovery that turns out to be bogus a few weeks or years later, and most of these relate to health and nutrition. There are plenty of scientists who hold dozens of patents who never see the light of the cameras, but they don't really count anymore in public perception. We've been deceived many times too often, and so put very simply, nobody trusts 'scientists' anymore, who half the time turn out not to be scientists anyway. Add to that the fact that you can hire a 'scientist' or doctor to say anything on both sides in a trial, and you've got a serious problem of many people not believing the experts on anything. Integrity matters, and in a free society it matters greatly. I couldn't tell you who the first scientist to turn pure mercenary might be, but Clarence Darrow popularized it for lawyers, and every other profession has followed that same road, and the good ones are often forced to be just as bad in self-defense. If you want the public to believe 'the experts' even on things that ought to be obvious, first the integrity of the professions must be restored. Stop preaching evolution as the One True Religion, stop playing Whirling Dervish with health announcements (Eggs will kill you! Eggs are a superfood!), and come up with a truly functional study methodology; the double blind 'gold standard' is a joke.
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Why I Oppose Liberalism

Renaissance Nerd Wrote: Oct 15, 2014 5:20 PM
I vote for petite-fascists, which is the nearest approximation possible.
This applies to pornography as well. A lot of 'actresses' are young women who are coerced into doing more than they bargained for because of threats and lies, and many are prostitutes on the side, though they are generally not so badly treated as those on the street. The libertarian argument that legalization would cure the major ills is flawed because pornography is already legal and regulated and yet women still have to 'escape' from it. Read a few of the horrible tales at thepinkcross.org and realize that people are not rational actors; many an 18-year-old girl can be easily browbeaten and manipulated by an unscrupulous older man, especially when she has no legal knowledge to argue the contents of her contract. And then the 'legal' pornographer offers lots of nice prescription drugs to make the whole thing easier in this highly regulated industry. One essential component of a capitalist system is a minimal level of morality; if you can't trust the money, and have a reasonable expectation that contracts, as stated both written and spoken, will be fulfilled, which requires a minimum of integrity, then the whole system slowly implodes, as we're seeing in our slide into socialism. That lack of integrity FORCES government action, because as people figure out new ways to cheat others, new laws have to be written too--HAVE TO BE written. If you want a capitalistic economy, then the most important thing is ethical training for individuals and for government. This has been undermined for over a century, in every profession, by those who claim that the end justifies the means. It's okay to lie in a trial, if you're trying to overturn the death penalty. It's okay to lie to voters, because everybody expects it. It's okay to lie about sex, because everyone does. When lies are common, and honesty is frowned upon and mocked, capitalism is doomed. It can't survive if nobody trusts the money, the contract, and the merchant. Right now, there are an awful lot of merchants you can't trust, many of them regulated and inspected and audited to a fare-thee-well. There's no reason to assume that purveyors of prostitution, if suddenly made legal actors, will become ethical models and abandon their proven methods of tricking and coercing girls into that life, no matter how much faith you hold in government regulators and taxmen.
It's a universal law: warhead always defeats shield...eventually. It's why defense is always losing game. You can't sit in your castle forever, even if it's presently impregnable. Counterattacks may win, but defenses will always eventually be breached. It's why I think all the internal security at so many tech companies is a total waste of time. Instead of trying to building higher and stronger walls, we should be setting up ways to track back to the source of hacking attacks, and then ruin the lives of the hackers. So long as everybody in business and government keeps to the Maginot Line model, the Blitzkrieg will keep running over and around them.
This is a sop to the poorer women. The wealthy, powerful, successful women who run the male chauvinist (I mean feminist...same thing) realized that their rich people problems aren't really selling with the suffering women in America, so here's their solution! More free stuff! Be a parasite forever! Never take responsibility for yourself! It's not going to sell either. Feminism is dead, and it's central tenet, everything masculine is better than everything feminine, will hopefully die with it.
So anti-semitism has made a comeback among Millennials. It won't last. They'll grow out of it. Kids are notoriously ignorant, always and throughout time, but they don't know it yet. They're still at the stage where they think they know it all, and can't imagine how anyone could disagree. Hmmm. Come to think of it, that sounds like every leftist of any stripe. The Peter Pan crowd will remain among them, but some, hopefully most, will grow up. The Palestinians are the worst people in the world today, bar none. They run out and dance in the streets when they hear about an 8-month-old Jew having his throat cut by one of their own. That says it all.
Socialism is a smashing success. It's purpose is to give money and power to socialists, and it does that extremely well. It even gives them the chance to murder their enemies in job lots betimes. How can that be a failure? What? Socialism doesn't keep its promises and make things better for everyone? Ha ha ha that's a good one.
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