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The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson

Posted in Getting It Straight on November 23, 2010 by Darkman

In 1620 Plymouth Plantation was founded with a system of communal property rights. Food and supplies were held in common and then distributed based on “equality” and “need” as determined by Plantation officials. People received the same rations whether or not they contributed to producing the food, and residents were forbidden from producing their own food. Governor William Bradford, in his 1647 history, Of Plymouth Plantation, wrote that this system “was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort.” The problem was that “young men, that were most able and fit for labour, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense.” Because of the poor incentives, little food was produced.

Essential reading from The Independent Institute.

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Global Warming, Shmobile Shmarming

Posted in Getting It Straight, Information Control on November 21, 2009 by Darkman

In case you haven’t heard yet, there is something of a ruckus going on because a global warming “think tank” has been hacked and many damning documents and emails have been released into the wilds of the internet.  Or possibly an insider has intentionally leaked them.

Good comment at Samizdata:

Until now scientists have tended to be regarded by the public as white coated, rather otherworldly and impartial seekers of The Truth. Now it seems at leaset some of them are willing to be government stooges, who will to tow the government line in order to keep their jobs and pensions. This was demonstrated a few weeks ago when a scientist was sacked by the British government for contradicting their policy pronouncements on drugs. Now this.

About the only good thing to come out of this is that people might be more skeptical (pun intended) when, in future, government proposes yet another restriction on their liberties in the name of “the science”.

Follow the link to Samizdata as a starting point and spend a while following links and reading for yourself.

A searchable database of the material may be found here.

One more comment from Samizdata to boil it down:

The defence barriers are going up. Roger Harrabin (Link)talks about these being peripheral issues and it being normal in science for comments to be made. He would be right except for a three minor points in the presentation of the science.

– the claims that the science is settled.
– the claims that anyone who does not agree is a crank or has ulterior motives (e.g. in the pay of oil companies)
– the claim that the demarcation between climate science & deniers is peer reviews.

All this shows is that climatology, like other empirical sciences, is partisan. The difference is that in climatology, only one viewpoint is funded and given repsctful consideration. More importantly, this is no mere ivory-towered scandal. On the basis of such partisan opinions are governments being manouvered into embracing world government and a major reduction in global living standards.

Related and pertinent: Crazy Talk at The War On Guns.

A reminder

Posted in Getting It Straight, Information Control on August 28, 2009 by Darkman

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Obama’s communist cronies Ayers and Dohrm dedicated their manifesto to Robert Kennedy’s assassin.

Significance via Zombietime, The Daily Telegraph and Billy Beck.

The evil of democracy

Posted in Getting It Straight on April 18, 2009 by Darkman

Columbia Conservative Examiner: Democracy = Majority Rule = Tyranny

Suppose that the entirety of our society, from top to bottom, from the federal government to local government, was run according to ‘majority rule,’ which is commonly known as ‘democracy.’

I can state unequivocally that such a move would be the single largest disaster to be perpetrated on the human race since the Holocaust.

And he is absolutely correct.  In numerous discussions with hive-minded collectivists who think we live in, or should live in, a pure democracy, there are easy points to be made that will have them shutting up fairly quickly.  But I think my favorite is this:  In a pure democracy, 51% of the people can vote to exterminate the other 49%.

Lessons in Ecofascism

Posted in Getting It Straight on December 12, 2008 by Darkman

I would like to draw your attention to a set of essays that I think are very important, if not required reading.  I have read only the first one so far.  I hope to digest the second and post some quotes from it tomorrow.  I am referring to Ecofascism:  Lessons from the German Experience.  These quotes are from the first essay, Fascist Ideology: The Green Wing of the Nazi Party and its Historical Antecedents by Peter Staudenmaier.

Quote 1:

The chief vehicle for carrying this ideological constellation to prominence was the youth movement, an amorphous phenomenon which played a decisive but highly ambivalent role in shaping German popular culture during the first three tumultuous decades of this century. Also known as the Wandervögel (which translates roughly as ‘wandering free spirits’), the youth movement was a hodge-podge of countercultural elements, blending neo-Romanticism, Eastern philosophies, nature mysticism, hostility to reason, and a strong communal impulse in a confused but no less ardent search for authentic, non-alienated social relations. Their back-to-the-land emphasis spurred a passionate sensitivity to the natural world and the damage it suffered. They have been aptly characterized as ‘right-wing hippies,’ for although some sectors of the movement gravitated toward various forms of emancipatory politics (though usually shedding their environmentalist trappings in the process), most of the Wandervöge were eventually absorbed by the Nazis. This shift from nature worship to Führer worship is worth examining.

Quote 2:

Eschewing societal transformation in favor of personal change, an ostensibly apolitical disaffection can, in times of crisis, yield barbaric results.

The attraction such perspectives exercised on idealistic youth is clear: the enormity of the crisis seemed to enjoin a total rejection of its apparent causes.

Quote 3:

The authoritarian implications of this view of humanity and nature become even clearer in the context of the Nazis’ emphasis on holism and organicism. In 1934 the director of the Reich Agency for Nature Protection, Walter Schoenichen, established the following objectives for biology curricula: “Very early, the youth must develop an understanding of the civic importance of the ‘organism’, i.e. the co-ordination of all parts and organs for the benefit of the one and superior task of life.”

Quote 4:

To make this dismaying and discomforting analysis more palatable, it is tempting to draw precisely the wrong conclusion –namely, that even the most reprehensible political undertakings sometimes produce laudable results. But the real lesson here is just the opposite: Even the most laudable of causes can be perverted and instrumentalized in the service of criminal savagery. The “green wing” of the NSDAP was not a group of innocents, confused and manipulated idealists, or reformers from within; they were conscious promoters and executors of a vile program explicitly dedicated to inhuman racist violence, massive political repression and worldwide military domination. Their ‘ecological’ involvements, far from offsetting these fundamental commitments, deepened and radicalized them. In the end, their configuration of environmental politics was directly and substantially responsible for organized mass murder.No aspect of the Nazi project can be properly understood without examining its implication in the holocaust. Here, too, ecological arguments played a crucially malevolent role. Not only did the “green wing” refurbish the sanguine antisemitism of traditional reactionary ecology; it catalyzed a whole new outburst of lurid racist fantasies of organic inviolability and political revenge. The confluence of anti-humanist dogma with a fetishization of natural ‘purity’ provided not merely a rationale but an incentive for the Third Reich’s most heinous crimes. Its insidious appeal unleashed murderous energies previously untapped. Finally, the displacement of any social analysis of environmental destruction in favor of mystical ecology served as an integral component in the preparation of the final solution:

To explain the destruction of the countryside and environmental damage, without questioning the German people’s bond to nature, could only be done by not analysing environmental damage in a societal context and by refusing to understand them as an expression of conflicting social interests. Had this been done, it would have led to criticism of National Socialism itself since that was not immune to such forces. One solution was to associate such environmental problems with the destructive influence of other races. National Socialism could then be seen to strive for the elimination of other races in order to allow the German people’s innate understanding and feeling of nature to assert itself, hence securing a harmonic life close to nature for the future.

This is the true legacy of ecofascism in power: “genocide developed into a necessity under the cloak of environment protection.”

It is a long, somewhat difficult, somewhat disquieting read. Arm yourself with your favorite beverage and/or smoke, and be warned that it wasn’t written for fifth-graders.

Agent of Ignorance

Posted in Getting It Straight on October 16, 2008 by Darkman

So last night I watched a documentary about Malvo and Williams, the DC area snipers.  I was stunned by the ignorance of an ATF agent, who said, “The head, or the projectile part of the bullet that comes out when you shoot…”

I guess I’m naïve, but I would have thought that since the “F” stands for “Firearms,” their agents would have at least some rudimentary knowledge of firearms terminology.  I know, I know.  I should know better than to expect such expertise from ATF agents.

Repeat after me:

The projectile is the bullet.
The projectile is the bullet.
The projectile is the bullet.

The entire object in question is correctly referred to as a cartridge.  The cartridge is made up of the shell or case, the primer, the propellant, sometimes a small bit of material wadding to hold the propellant in place (usually not), and…the bullet.

He also made a rather ignorant statement that since the .223 bullet travels at around 3,000 feet per second, “it will hit you before you ever hear the sound.”  As my kids would say, “Well, duh.”

And then there was another “expert” who was comparing the .223 to the 9mm and .40 S&W rounds, and who seemed confused that a lighter, more streamlined rifle bullet can go so much faster than squat, chunky pistol bullets.

And (again) then there was Chief “you’ve killed 5 adults but this time it was a kid so now you’ve stepped over the line” Moose.  You mean murdering 5 adults was not stepping over the line?

The whole program was enraging and outrageous.

No dear, it’s called freedom

Posted in Getting It Straight on October 12, 2008 by Darkman

A man in North Carolina has put up signs discouraging Obama supporters from using his parking lot. Commenter Deborah from NC says:

Just another example of the kind of supporters the McCain/Palin Nazi Party is attracting these days. FACIST!

No Deborah, this is a perfect example of a free market in action.  This man owns this property.  He is free to do with it as he wishes.  If he wants to bar certain people from parking there, he is free to do so.  If his actions cause him to lose too much business and he stops making enough money to be profitable, he may find it necessary to sell the property, convert the property to another business, or change his parking policies.

By the way Deborah, I suppose this doesn’t bother you at all, does it?  But back to the subject at hand:

Henderson, a backer of Republican candidate John McCain, contends he wouldn’t actually tow parked Obama supporters out of his lot, he’s just injecting humor into the presidential race with his parking lot politics.

It’s caused something of a local stir — but Henderson insists the signs will stay up through the November 4 general election and that those who are rubbed the wrong way can “stay offended or get over it”.

Good advice.