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By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, men of the West!

1776 and 1861

1776 and 1861

Hey, the Confederates were just continuing the secessionist tradition! 😉

Old Life

Brexit is more or less hardwired into the American outlook. But somehow we fought a war that cost close to 700,000 lives to preserve not a federation but a union, not a republic but a nation. That’s what makes America great (many suppose).

But H. L. Mencken thought otherwise. He saw that the Brexit of 1776 also implied the Secexit of 1861:

But let us not forget that it is oratory, not logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it! Put it into the cold words of everyday! The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination — “that government of the people, by the people, for the people,” should not perish from the earth. It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in that battle actually fought against self-determination; it was…

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Posted by on March 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Doing the math

Vox Day points out a woman who gets it:

Weldon, 85, says the feminist revolution had adverse implications by ‘halving the male wage, so it no longer supported a family.’ That meant some women had to get jobs, even if they would rather have been at home with their children.

I noted the same thing a while back (if I may quote myself):

keeping women in the workforce after WWII (unlike after WWI, when they went home) eventually allowed for the relative decrease in salaries (in terms of purchasing power) for all employees, over time; this was no doubt realized, and seized upon by greedy and unscrupulous employers. (Consider that a single middle-class salary could support an entire family quite comfortably, able to maintain that middle-class status, in the 1950s; whereas now, it takes two working middle-class people to maintain such an existence. Surely, this was foreseen, and considered good for business, even though surely self-evidently not so much so for families.)

So Big Business and Big Government worked together to attack the middle class by promoting feminism. With the combined effects of feminism and inflation, Big Business got to eventually pay out relatively less (by half, in terms of purchasing power) to their employees (while still expecting the same amount of work out of each, of course); and Big Government raked in more taxes (two sets of income tax per middle class family instead of one; plus more sales taxes on everything from more vehicles to more clothes to more meals or coffee out, etc.).

Win-win for Big Government and Big Business; lose-lose for the middle class.

Too bad the middle class didn’t realize they were hurting themselves in embracing feminism…

More related observations from Vox in his post:

It’s interesting how everyone understands that immigrants cause labor prices to fall, but most people don’t grasp that a substantial increase in domestic work force participation, by any group, has the same effect.

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While immigration too plays a role here, the only significant effect native women have when they enter the labor force in greater numbers is to depress the price of labor.

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One-third of working class women have always worked.  The change brought by feminism is that now middle class and upper middle class married women work as well.  And the more women that work, the more women have to work and the less time women who don’t work will have with their husbands who support them, because an INCREASE in the SUPPLY of labor necessitates a DECREASE in the PRICE of labor, demand remaining constant.

And to make matters worse, demand does not remain constant, but actually declines, because a woman who works is statistically much less likely to eventually become a wife and mother, and even when she does, she becomes one several years later and has fewer children.  This means that feminism is a structural economic failure as it creates a downward-spiraling vicious circle of three easily identifiable revolutions:

  1. The increase in the supply of labor causes wages to go down.  This is indisputable in either logical or empirical terms.

  2. Female hypergamy, female independence, and opportunity cost reduces the marriage rate and the average birth rate, while increased male work hours and work-related romantic opportunities increases the divorce rate.  These connections are all logically sound and readily observable.

  3. The reduced birth rate has a negative effect on consumption, and therefore the demand for labor, 20 years before the consequent negative effects on the supply of labor can help balance it out, putting further negative pressure on wage rates.  This is also indisputable, both logically and empirically.

One doesn’t have to be an economist to get all this. One just has to use one’s brain, and do the math.

 

Heretica and Hysteria on Campus

Interesting.

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A wide range of psychological tests conducted by Wason and others cited by Haidt provide no evidence whatsoever that the professoriate is any more likely than a less educated cohort to think independently, that is, to process fresh ideas and to draw from them anything but the officially sanctioned conclusions.
As Haidt notes, academics tend to have higher than average IQs, and are predictably “able to generate more reasons” to account for what they believe. But high IQ people like academics “are no better than others at finding reasons on the other side.”

Here’s the rest

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Posted by on March 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Free Speech bus vandalized by LGBT activists

As in Spain, so in New York…

World War T continues…

WINTERY KNIGHT

Gay activist vandalizes pro-marriage sign Gay activist vandalizes pro-marriage sign

Is the tolerance and diversity crowd really as tolerant and diverse as they claim?

Consider this story from the Washington Free Beacon about the Free Speech bus created by the National Organization for Marriage.

Excerpt:

A bus with social conservative slogans denouncing transgenderism was vandalized Thursday in New York City by trans activists.

[…][T]he bus never left New York. The National Organization for Marriage announced Thursday that the bus had been defaced by angry activists wielding hammers.

Oh, such hate speech! Much offended. Only hammers could fix this problem of other people having different opinions than the secular left extremists.

They even attacked the driver:

National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown told USA Today that the driver of the bus tried to stop the vandals, but was tackled by one of the activists.

Newsbusters also reported on the mainstream media’s coverage of the attack:

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The Moderate Muslim

The stranger… does not belong.

Goodbye, America (in a photo)

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Posted by on March 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Terrorist attack in Antwerp, a day after London one

Eventually, the West will collectively realize what we need to do to end these, and take appropriate measures. It will likely be ugly, of course, but hey, as leftists say, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs…

 

Marriage is about spouses first


(Hat tip.)

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2017 in Uncategorized