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The land of stupid – an overview of the fauna. Part 2. June 21, 2008

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Today I’d like to look at socialists, which is a depressingly common breed, even in America. They are almost identical to the “progressives”, except they tend to be far less conscious about what they are. Also, specimen have been observed whose preferred habitat is close to the land of sanity.

I just came across a sermon about Judas Iscariot on youtube. It’s about the incident recorded in John 12

Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet … Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? … ”
He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

It’s argued that Judas was a Socialist, because:

1. He had a better plan for how the woman should use her own property.
2. The plan involved redistributing the wealth of “the rich” to “the poor”.
3. In reality, his main agenda was himself. His professed concern for “the poor” was just a cloak for shady business involving personal gain.

The ancient mindset portrayed in the Gospel sounds very like the modern Socialist one to me also. Not surprising once your realize that Socialism comes from deep and timeless human flaws like envy and covetousness.

A socialist is someone who

  • Thinks public bureacracies – preferably with himself in charge – know better how to spend your money than you do.
  • Is affronted that anyone has more wealth than he thinks they “need”.
  • Thinks everyone who has earned wealth has gotten it from “oppressing” or “exploiting” others.
  • Thinks that every freedom you have is a privilege granted by Government, and may rightfully be revoked by them. Among these are
    1. The freedom to become as rich as you want through a lifetime of honest work.
    2. The freedom to hire people at your own terms, like wages, work hours, etc.
    3. The freedom to work for others at your own terms, like wages, work hours, etc.
    4. The freedom to sell your property at the price you want.
    5. The freedom to keep on owning your property, even if the Government feel they need it.
    6. The freedom to raise your kids the way you want.
    7. The freedom to believe stupid things and assemble with others like you on your ranch in Texas.
    8. The freedom to spend your own heard-earned money the way you want.
    9. The freedom to choose your own doctor and hospitals, rather than being forced into something “Universal” the Government has set up.
    10. The freedom of expression.

The Socialist is usually an atheist, but not always. A good counterexample is the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, whose political views are very well known.


The land of stupid – an overview of the fauna. Part 1. June 19, 2008

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Today I’d like to look at the idiots who call themselves “Progressives”.

If you’re one of them:

  • You loathe science, technology and other real forms of actual progress.
  • You fear anything that involves hard science and logic.
  • You have a similar feeling towards Government as a little child has toward his parents or some religious people have towards their God. This is a personality disorder stemming from a sublimation of your longing for a Parent in your life. Some people with this disorder put God in that place, somehow you’ve ended up with a fuzzy idealization of your Government there instead.
  • You show regressive tendencies:
    1. A wish to have others – in practice the Government – run your life for you.
    2. You want Daddy Goverment to watch over you, privacy is not a concern.
    3. You’re unable and unwilling to engage in mature, reasoned discourse.
    4. You’re highly immature intellectually, morally and emotionally. But you hide it well.
    5. A sublimated form of sibling rivalry: Daddy Government should make sure nobody “gets” too much money, no matter how well earnt it is or how good they are at what they’re doing.
    6. You’re not interested in grown-up activities, like creating value.
  • You think Big Government is good and any Big Private Firm is bad. Words like NSDAP and NKVD don’t scare you at all, Haliburton does.
  • You believe that everybody is born identical. You think men *become* poets, engineers, musicians, &c because government educates them into it, not because of any innate abilities and aptitudes they’re born with.
  • Your moral compass points back at yourself and your opinions – anyone who dares to differ is evil incarnate.
  • Your moral attitudes are vile. At basically any time prior to the 1960s expressing them would have landed you in a mental institution.
  • Your langue is vile and would have earned you a similar reservation. As you would have said: ‘That’s a f*ing fact, m**r’!
  • You think that economic “inequality” is always a problem that needs correction. Sam Slacker and Harry Hardworker may have different income levels. You think that’s unacceptable.
  • Your favorite form of discussion with thinking people is to make personal attacks and throw invectives.
  • This blog hurts your feelings, so you’ve stopped reading before you came this far. If not, there may be hope for you.
  • You think it’s OK to kill babies in the womb.
  • You’re against executing convicted killers.
  • You think “market forces” is something sinister and evil. Despite the fact that it’s nothing more than the sum of choices that consumers like you make every day.
  • When you talk about the Government you usually say “We”, rather than “They”.
  • You think the Earth is “overpopulated” and that humans are consuming irreplaceable “resources”.
  • You think that humans somehow are “harming” the Earth.
  • In any war and major conflict anywhere, you side with the bad guys against the good. Even with ordinary crime, you care more about the crooks than about the victims.
  • You think a Global dictatorship is a good idea.
  • You think marriage is something “outdated” or bad. Except homosexual “marriage”.
  • You’re a Christophobe.

More to come.

A forage into the land of stupid June 17, 2008

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One of the most influential idiots in recent history was an Englishman named Thomas Malthus.

Around 1900 he wrote a book claiming that populations grow exponentially (like 1,2,4,8,16, …) , while their food supplies only grow linearly (like 1,2,3,4,5,… ) .  Therefore, populations will grow until they get starved and individuals barely survive.

This was the inevitable future of humanity, according to this guy.

Never mind the fact that such things almost never happen in nature and is not known to have happened to any civilization ever through all of recorded history.

And never mind that no population of anything ever grows exponentially. Ever watched a forest or a piece of grassland grow back after a fire? At first, the population of trees, grasses and other plants grows fast, then they settle into an equilibrium. And no – neither the trees in a forest nor the grasses on a meadow is starved and sickly because they “overpopulate” anything, like this guy Malthus would have us believe they would.

Think about that for a while.  It may take some time to realize the depth of stupidity involved here.  The guy sold the world a plain denial of very simple observational facts.   Yet still today millions of people believe his nonsense.

Today, he has three kind of followers.

  • The so-called “intellectuals” who babble about “overpopulation”, “sustainable development”, “population control” and similar nonsense because they actually believe in it.
  • Power-hungry politicians and bureaucrats – many of them in the UN – who babble about “overpopulation”, “sustainable development”, “population control” and similar nonsense because it helps them gain power.
  • The herd of common people who believe in this nonsense because they’ve been told it’s true and never bother to think anything through.

The Malthus wikipedia article contains a readable intro to his ideas.

Ok. Here we go. June 16, 2008

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Ok, so I decided to start a blog here on WordPress.  Hope to upgrade it like twice a month with insightful articles.  I’m interested in math, science, computers and bashing left wing lunacy.