Tuesday, May 24, 2016

John C Wright - Patreon

John C Wright is a rarity in science-fiction circles, a conservative Catholic who stands strongly for biblical values and against the creeping authoritarianism of the liberal left. I will confess to not being a particularly avid reader of his previously published fiction as my own subjective tastes in literature are somewhat removed from what he writes, but this in no way is a strike against Mr. Wright.

What I primarily enjoy that he writes are his opinion pieces, which are always masterpieces of wit and coherent logic. His ability to use rhetoric to slice through the absurdities of the liberal philosophy is second to none and is not purely limited to mere political matters. Just to show his versatility, his review of the Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug movie is laugh out loud funny, and should be required reading for any Tolkien fans who; as I was; were not impressed with those bloated monstrosities that were leavened with more than a hint of SJW nonsense.

He recently started a Patreon account to fund the creation of a new science fiction series called Superluminary, which is being written in the style of the old classic pulps of the Golden Age of science fiction. The first chapter is already posted and I absolutely enjoyed it, as it hearkened back to the great pulps that I enjoyed reading as a teenager. So far I would describe it as in the same literary class as John Carter of Mars(one of my all time favorites), with larger than life heroes, breathless action, lots of vivid descriptions, and a beginning that is a textbook perfect example of how to start a book in media res.

I would highly recommended supporting him, just a few bucks buys you a great deal of guaranteed liberal angst, plus(all right, because of) the creation of classic science fiction/fantasy with men who are manly and women who are feminine. Where else can you get a deal like that today?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bernie Sander's Three Pillars: Democratic Socialism, Fascism, and Communism.

America is currently in the midst of one of the most partisan and vicious elections since Andrew Jackson's election campaign in the early 1800s. We aren't even to the general elections yet and already the rhetoric and tone of the primaries in both major parties has been vicious and full of mudslinging.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump has captured the Republican nomination in all but name, as every one of his sixteen opponents has been ground under the wheels of "The Donald's" rhetorically driven campaign. I personally have a considerable amount of distrust towards Mr. Trump, not so much towards what he says, as I find myself in considerable agreement with much of it, but because of his record of flip-flops and dishonesty.

However, Donald Trump has tapped into a great deal of the current frustration and anger that many in America feel today towards the political process and the establishment. If he is able to ride this wave into the Oval office, the American political scene and process will be changed permanently. The Republican party will be shattered and remade, possibly to an unrecognizable extent. Most likely, this would be an improvement.

However, the thrust of this article will be in another direction. The rise of Donald Trump has been mirrored by another outsider candidate, the so called "Democratic Socialist" Bernie Sanders. While Bernie Sanders will fail to win the Democratic primary, he will do so only because the Democratic party has carefully structured its primary system such that an outsider candidate cannot realistically win against the chosen candidate of the Democratic establishment.

The system of super-delegates that the Democratic party employees ensures that if any of the interest groups that comprise the uneasy Democratic coalition begin to wander off the reservation...they can be over ruled by supra-delegates, unelected and unbound.

But why does Bernie Sanders have such a hold on the liberal intelligentsia and young people? In short, Bernie Sanders represents the true dream of the American liberal. Hillary Clinton is the heir presumptive due to her husband and the usual "its her/his turn" that both parties like to follow when selecting their candidate, but Sanders is the candidate closest to the ideology that the American liberal left has consistently followed for over a century, that of socialism in any form whatsoever.

Socialism takes several forms: there is Sanders "benevolent" democratic socialism that seeks to do by vote what the other two forms of socialism beloved by liberals do by force, either naked or covertly. Fascism and Communism are the other two forms of socialism so beloved by liberals by the way, in case there was any confusion. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Lenin, were all at one time or another lionized by the liberal left and held up as examples of what America should be doing.

The end result of all three forms of socialism differs only in minute degrees. An all powerful government takes care of its populace, guarantees their jobs and pensions, guides the economy in whatever way is "best", and sticks its nose into every single facet of its members' business.  This is always accompanied by high levels of taxation and regulation, frequently approaching the confiscatory level. Entrepreneurship is discouraged and innovation is stifled. Massive sums of government monies are disbursed to pet projects. For Stalin it was Five Year Plans based around heavy industry, for Obama and his fellow socialists, its Green Energy and Solyndra. Ultimately its all our money of course, forcibly taken from us through Bastiat's legalized plunder

Its interesting to compare the economic points in the Nazi party platform (Remember, Nazi is an acronym for the National Socialist German Workers' Party) with Bernie Sanders' platform. Given that this is the internet, I have no doubt that some liberal will come along and start flinging crap over the idea that Bernie Sanders is a Nazi, so let me clarify what I am about to say. Bernie Sanders is a follower of socialism, according to his own words. Since Fascism and Communism are (broadly speaking, that corrupt and diseased tree has its roots at least as far back as Plato's Republic, written in 360 BC) close kin of socialism, it is interesting to see where fascism overlaps with Sanders' and his supporters' economic ideology. If the comparison offends you, than you are probably dumb enough to vote for him.

 Fascism is a mutable philosophy that varies from nation to nation, just as Communism does. In Italy and Germany the economics of fascism were very similar, while the racial aspects and nationalism were very different. At its core, Fascism is a "Third Way" an attempt to bridge between Marxist Communism and Capitalism. Read more on that here. And we all know(presumably at least...if you were public schooled you may not) the proverb about having your cake and eating it too. And since we are primarily concerned with economics right now, let's looks at a few points Sander's economic platform versus a few points of the Nazi economic platform as officially adopted and voted on and for by the German people.

(Nazi)We demand that the State shall above all undertake to ensure that every citizen shall have the possibility of living decently and earning a livelihood.
Minimum wage much? Point 5 of Sanders' economic platform calls for a livable wage through raising the minimum wage. The benevolent state can munificently guarantee that each of its citizens lives in a palatial abode with steak three times a day, and a new car in the garage, and all it takes is forcing companies to pay more.

As usual, Sanders' and his supporters are frighteningly ignorant of how a free market works. As labor becomes more expensive, employers use less of it. As the cost of a worker increases, he is far more likely to replaced by a machine, just as McDonald's and Wendy's's workers are about to find out. But don't worry, I am sure Sanders' has a government regulation to fix this. You see, government is like Aladdin's genie, only with unlimited wishes.
(Nazi) That all unearned income, and all income that does not arise from work, be abolished.
Point 12 of Sanders' program calls for a massive progressive tax hike to punish those that earn more. And one of his favorite bugaboos is the estate tax, which he wants to raise significantly in order to punish (my words) those who seek to pass along their wealth to their children.

Because after all, why should a father be able to pass along the fruit of his life's work to his son or daughter without the state getting a massive chunk of it. Why? Because the state is just so gosh-darned amazing and helpful that it deserves it!

(Nazi) We demand profit-sharing in large industries.
To a good socialist/fascist/communist profits are evil and suspect. After all, they always come at the expense of the little guy. Today's typical socialist's favorite target are the oil corporations. Because even though the government makes a whole lot more profit off of each gallon of gas via taxation than Exxon does...Exxon is an EEEEEVIL multi-national corporation. They probably drown babies too (seal babies, not humans. Democrats are fine with infanticide, just not infanticide of non-humans).
(Nazi)We demand a generous increase in old-age pensions.
Point 11 of Sanders' platform. "We must strengthen the social safety net, not weaken it. Instead of cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and nutrition programs, we should be expanding these programs." 

Socialists love entitlements. Whether its Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, entitlements create large groups of voters with a vested interest in maintaining and increasing them. After all, when you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can always count on the support of Paul.

Of course to a good democratic socialist, entitlements are primarily made to gain votes, not help people. For example, Social Security is an entitlement to which you as the individual have no contractual right to get it paid back out to you. See Fleming v. Nestor. What entitlements do, is transfer wealth from the productive to the government, which can disburse it to favorite groups, usually while skimming a healthy bit off the top. And of course, getting more interest groups beholden to that sweet government hog trough.
(Nazi) We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle-class, the immediate communalization of large stores which will be rented cheaply to small tradespeople, and the strongest consideration must be given to ensure that small traders shall deliver the supplies needed by the State, the provinces and municipalities.
Oh the middle class, that favorite focus on paeans of praise from both sides. Interestingly, fascism breaks from its twin Communism here a bit, at least in rhetoric. Communism was heavily invested in destroying the middle class whereas fascism prefers to keep it around at least as a rhetorical concept to appeal to and a practical one to tax. One of the reasons why fascism tends to be somewhat more productive than communism.
(Nazi) In order to make it possible for every capable and industrious German to obtain higher education, and thus the opportunity to reach into positions of leadership, the State must assume the responsibility of organizing thoroughly the entire cultural system of the people. The curricula of all educational establishments shall be adapted to practical life. The conception of the State Idea (science of citizenship) must be taught in the schools from the very beginning. We demand that specially talented children of poor parents, whatever their station or occupation, be educated at the expense of the State.
Ah education! Part of the reason why socialism/communism/fascism holds so strongly a sway among the youth today is because the American educational establishment has been taken over almost entirely by proponents of those three ideologies.

Point 8 of Sanders' plan calls for free college for all. Leaving aside the colossal stupidity of trying to pay for all this with even more taxes (The tale of the Golden Goose comes to mind), education is an area that socialists have historically recognized as important to seize so that young minds can be force fed propaganda from their earliest and most mutable years.  The American education system was heavily shaped by socialists from the 1890's forward, with each generation getting less how to think and more what to think. Thanks to their generations long battle against creativity and rational thinking, Johnny now not only can't read, he can't think. But he will obediently vote Democrat (the former generally being a pre-requisite for voting Democrat).

(Nazi)We demand freedom for all religious faiths in the state, insofar as they do not endanger its existence or offend the moral and ethical sense of the Germanic race.
This isn't an economic point per se, but I couldn't resist pointing out a few things regarding liberals and freedom of religion.

The pro-forma freedom of religion that liberals are fond of claiming they are for is very similar to both the Soviet (Article 52 of the Soviet Constitution is a perfect Democratic piece of double-speak, Citizens of the USSR are guaranteed freedom of conscience, that is, the right to profess or not to profess any religion, and to conduct religious worship or atheistic propaganda) and the Fascist Nazi "freedom" quoted at the top of this section. And it uses very similar weasel words to what liberals use too. Liberals are all about freedom of religion...so long as they don't have to see it, hear it, experience it, or have any sign of its presence tangible or intangible.

Unless you are an Muslim of course. Then you are free to throw gays off buildings without a mutter of protest from any Democrat. However if you are a white Protestant who voted for California's Proposition 8 a few years ago(a proposition that passed I might add...democratically at that. But we already know that the Democratic party holds as illegitimate any democratic action that goes against what they want)...and you have the audacity to try to run a company such as oh say...the makers of an internet browser...then you will be publicly pilloried and destroyed.

Ultimately Bernie Sanders will be ushered of the Democratic party stage to make way for the Anointed Female, the One, the Only Hillary Clinton. But he has done the country an immeasurable service by ripping aside a great deal of the veil that the Democratic party tries to cloak itself with, revealing the true philosophical underpinnings of the Democrats and their supporters. They are proponents of an ideology as old as the Greek philosophers, supported by Plato and written against by Aristotle. An ideology that morally and economically burdens a country, frequently to the point of bankruptcy and misery, and one that espouses a vicious hatred for wealth and success.

For this reason, as flawed as he is of a candidate, I will vote for Donald Trump and work to hold him to his promises if he is elected. I may not know exactly what I am getting with Trump, but I know what either Hillary or Bernie will bring America.

America, make your choice and pick a road.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Over the First Mountain

Donald Trump has done what the political insiders considered impossible. Trump, the ultimate political outsider, has essentially won the Republican presidential nomination. He is about a non traditional republican candidate as can be imagined  from his anti-globalism to his aggressive, attack oriented tone.  Trumps nomination has the  political establishment and pundits reeling in disbelief and outrage.

 Part of this outrage is the result of Trump blowing up the neoconservative planks of the Republican platform. Trump has called for a move away from free trade, globalism, and military interventions. His foreign policy speech called for the refocusing of America's international affairs based primarily  on American self interest.  To many Americans this seem blatantly obvious. To the establishment insiders, this is intolerable. Teh establishment does not understand the reasons for Trumps success.

One reason for Trump's success is the anger of non beltway America at the steady economic erosion of the working and middle class. The issue is rather complex but it is fair to say the free trade polices beloved by the establishment have played a significant role.  Another reason has been the establishment  encouraging and abetting of illegal immigration. These immigrants undercut wages of citizens and place burdens on the social services. Finally, the brunt of America's global policing efforts have been borne by these classes as there sons and daughters are called upon to bleed and die in foreign lands for little discernible purpose. I would argue these three issues are the primary reasons for Trumps success.

Trump still faces a tough general election fight. The Democrats and media will brutally attack him. The establishment Republicans will be taking potshots as well. Trump has climbed the first mountain in winning the Republican nomination. He now has a more difficult challenge in climbing the general election mountain.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Pennsylvania Looms

For the Democrats the Pennsylvania has much lower stakes than the Republicans. Hillary essentially crushed Bernie hopes when she drubbed him in New York. However, Sander's campaign has struck a defiant tone an is looking to Pennsylvania to stop the bleeding. Bernie very slim hopes rest on strong wins the rest of the way and flipping Clinton super delegates.

On the Republican side, Cruz desperately needs to halt Trumps momentum that was earned in a blow out win in New York. Cruz is essentially mathematically eliminated, so he is pursuing a prevent strategy as he tries to keep Trump from clinching the nomination before the convention. Trump leads by double digits in Pennsylvania. Cruz will need a incredible comeback to blunt Trumps momentum.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Mile High Mad in Colorado

The big controversy in Colorado really began last August when the GOP establishment on Colorado quietly switched to a caucus process. This move away from a straw poll insured that the party elite would determine the state winner, not the voters.

For whatever reason Trump seemed unaware of this rule change and did not send his own operatives in to ensure he would pick up the delegates. Cruz pounced on the opportunity and, without a state wide vote, swept up all thirty four delegates. This sparked cries of outrage for the voters but wry chuckles of amusement from the establishment. Some pundits like Rush Limbaugh seemed to shurg it off as skillfully political gamesmanship. However, other like Michael Savage and the Drudge Report were outraged by the oligarchy actions.

This insider coup does run the risk of antagonizing the Republican base in a swing state. The establishment may rue this day if November rolls around and the Colorado Republicans choose to stay home.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A Few Thoughts

I was looking around for something to try my hand at fisking (as you can tell, Cato and I are still working on the look and feel of both the blog and our respective writing styles) but I couldn't find anything that really jumped out at me. So this post will mostly just ramble a bit on some of what is currently transpiring/Things That Interest Publius.

Sure there are many things going on right now that do lend themselves to fisking. The Verge's idiotic recent article on American fascism comes to mind. Many words expended to expound a mixture of the blindingly obvious and PC finger shaking. One of the many dirty secrets (a very poorly kept one I might add) around the liberal left is their comfort around Totalitarianism (capital T), whether is is Communist or Fascist in nature.

This is ever more clearly shown in the recent spate of articles around North Carolina's recently passed legislation aimed at protecting religious freedom form the Gaystopo, as well as preventing men from using the women's restroom. These are eminently fiskable in their own right, showing a marvelous double standard around just what freedom mean, plus a massive dose of the usual liberal hatred of religion and and people of faith. I especially love how every article on North Carolina starts with some variation of it having just passed an "anti-LGBT" bill.  "Anti-T" bill would at least be closer semantically.

I applaud Governor Pat McCrory's actions, and hope that he and his administration can withstand the surge of hatred and intolerance (we can use these words too) that is coming down on him for his principled stand against allowing a small minority of deeply perverted and twisted individuals to dictate state policy and attack people of faith.

Make no mistake, the culture war is real and the other side is ruthless in their fight against us. Now is not the time for moderation, but for attack. Already the incest lobby is gathering its strength and allies, using the same arguments to justify acceptance that the homosexuals used. It will not stop with gay marriage. Liberals want marriage to be defined so broadly that it means nothing, they rejoice in sick, twisted behaviors, and shattered lives.

The majority of the science-fiction community(being defined as the major publishing houses other than Baen, plus the great circle-jerk of authors exploring sad seals being clubbed by evil capitalists) is currently working hard to avoid confronting the fact that one of its most noted authors was a perverted child abuser. I anticipate this year's Hugo awards being vastly entertaining as the Rabid Puppies and Sad Puppies build on last year's success and continue to punch up against the pathetic liberal message fiction dominating the shelves, that makes it difficult to find anything worth reading at Barnes and Noble. I personally care very little for an author's socio-economic beliefs so long as they can tell an entertaining story. Eric Flint (card carrying Trotskyite) and Larry Correia (probably too libertarian to have a card) have both entertained me immensely over the years.

This election, both in what has been written and what my conversations with people have involved, has shown very clearly just how bereft of logic, common sense, and decency liberals and quite a few alleged conservatives are. Most of all, if anyone needed any further proof that liberals are poorly educated and historically illiterate...I give you Bernie Sanders and His Idiot Supporters. I have a long post coming soon on the historical illiteracy of liberals...no new ground really but a subject that just keeps on giving.

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Road Through Wisconsin

    Tomorrow in Wisconsin, the wild and crazy 2016 presidential nomination process will gain some clarity.

    On the Republican side, the surging Ted Cruz will attempt to extinguish Donald Trump 's                  momentum. Trump still has the best chance the wrap up the nomination, but without                            Wisconsin the path becomes murky. Cruz must win Wisconsin in order to keep his own frail                hopes of winning the nomination outright alive. Kasich at this point is trying to spoil both                   Trump and Cruz's path to 1,237 delegates.
     In the polls, Trump was winning Wisconsin but has seen his advantage turn into a deficit.                  Trump has suffered through several tough campaign weeks and needs a solid win to shake off             the malaise that threatens to engulf his campaign.

   On the Democrat side, Bernie has quietly put together a winning streak that he needs to extend. Hillary still has a comfortable lead, but a Wisconsin win would put Bernie in position to challenge her in New York.
    Both Hillary and Trump need a victory tomorrow to solidify their leadership status. Both Sanders and Cruz need solid wins in order to have shot at overtaking the front runners.