Wednesday, December 19, 2018
I - Background Philosophy
Everybody gets the vote? Are you serious?
Universal suffrage is one of those ideas that sounds great in theory but doesn’t work in practice.
Now you may say, “Caleb, there is a right to vote."
So? Assuming we have a thing called rights, who says everyone 18 and over should be endowed with this particular right?
We’re not all equal in IQ, skill sets, or general cognitive ability. There are some very stupid people out there who cannot grasp certain concepts in a real way and therefore should not get the vote. Ever. And before you accuse me of being elitist, think of the flat earthers.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
"Did I say harsh words? You're darn right I did, and I stand behind them," Todd Beasley said Monday in an interview with CBC News.
The party rejected Beasley as a candidate on the weekend, citing some of his online comments, including several posted to Facebook in 2017.
"Islam is not a religion of peace. It's cruel, revolting, racist, oppressive and has no legitimate basis," said one of Beasley's Facebook posts. "The Mongols would have done mankind a favour if they snuffed this evil cult when they had the chance."
Isn't Islam an evil cult? I always thought most if not all religions were evil cults. If you say it's politically incorrect to insult Islam in such a manner, you're fueling the right. If you try and justify your reasoning, whether identifying with being PC or not, you'll still fuel the right.
We need a left and right. And we need authoritarians and libertarians. Just, preferably, the former in business and latter in politics. As corruption with authoritarian businesspeople is weeded out in a free market. While corruption in government by libertarians is obvious.
But anyway, I probably shouldn't call Islam an evil cult just in case I want to want for mayor again someday. But I'm hedging my bets for a more libertarian future, provided we make it. Also, I'll likely be wiser when I'm older. I do feel smarter at 30 than I did at 20... So, by the time 2057 rolls around, no one will give a shit that I once called Islam an evil cult because: a) that will have been well established and is popular opinion, b) no one cares what people say online anymore, especially if it's dated or c) we will be living in an Islamic fascist state and I will have long since left the country or have been killed... possibly both.
Just kidding about that third option, only right-leaning white trash crotch waffles, a lot of them aging parasitic baby boomers, worry about Islam. As far as I'm concerned if Muslims want their covenant communities with Sharia Law, then have at her! I'm all for private law and order. I suppose there is a Hoppean element in me, however, that would interpret Sharia Law as a variant of socialism and therefore must be physically removed.
This is just a long way of saying that Islam is an evil cult. Most, if not all, religions are. Christianity gets no exception, so neither does Islam. Both have their histories, their important moral lessons. But they've also got a whole lot of bullshit. Lots of it. Probably more in the Qur'an than the Bible but who's counting? Take out the good narratives and remember that, while ancient humans needed myths and stories to tell something true about reality, today we can just use our advanced knowledge.
Christianity didn't build the West and Islam is not destroying it. Capital accumulation built the West. And if once upon a time having most of Europe believe in a particular interpretation of Christianity helped lay the foundations for capital to accumulate, then that's all well and good. But today, if you take the time to read and understand Mises, then you don't need some metaphysical belief in god.
You just need economics.
Islam may be an evil cult, but it's socialism that's destroying the West.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Here are facts according to the mainstream narrative: Twelve Russian spies have been charged with running a hacking campaign to damage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing the agents of installing spyware on the computers of Democratic Party staffers to monitor their work during the campaign; stealing embarrassing e-mails and other documents; and making off with voter information on 500,000 Americans from a state election agency.
Now that sounds bad...
Sunday, July 8, 2018
It’s a controversial opinion in 2018 that First Nations should be treated equally like everyone else.
I don’t know why.
The history of the human race is one of conquest. Homo sapiens dominated the scene so other archaic hominids didn’t stand a chance. Then, once they were gone, we hunted large fauna. Then, once our natural predators were gone, we turned on each other.
The conquest of North America is in recent memory. As opposed to driving out Neanderthals from Europe, which happened around 40,000 years ago.
But even the residential schools of the 20th century aren’t the fault of regular people living today. I am not guilty nor responsible for the actions of my ancestors just because I descend from white Europeans.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Imagine if Wynne had implemented carbon taxes (surprised she hadn't) do you think Ford would hang onto it? Cap and trade is one thing, but a carbon tax? Why would the PCs give up on a tax? Best to cater to their base, calm them down, it's okay Progressive Conservatives of Ontario, a carbon tax is not a hill to die on.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Not actually, but that's the modus operandi of the Canadian government.
Donald Trump's presidency has officially put tariffs on Canadian products and so how did "we" respond?
By taking the moral high ground? By saying, listen President Doofus, we're not playing your game. Slap all the tariffs you want on us, you're really just hurting your own economy and raising prices for consumers. We will not play ball. We will turn the other cheek.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
But Trump is too hilarious (and Trump Derangement Syndrome so interesting) that I'm fine people will blame the bad economy on his tariffs and tax cuts.
After all, with Clinton at the helm, I'm sure those evil Ruskies would have been to blame for the downturn economy.
But who's really at fault? Why the Fed of course!
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Canada's golden age was between 1840 to about the 1900s, before the start of World War 1.
Now, you may say, Caleb, Canada wasn't a country in 1840.
But I disagree. When Upper and Lower Canada were united and given responsible government, I contend that this is the actual beginning of Canada. For, the move from colony to nation-state didn't occur all in 1867.
Hell, the country didn't get its constitution from England until 1982.
On February 10th 1841, Canada was unified. From the shores of Lake Superior to the ports of Montreal and Quebec City.
And then, we know the rest of the story. Other British North American settlements merged with the Canadians and, eventually, we all became Canadian.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Amazon is free trade. If I sell something to an American through a platform like Amazon and there are no extra fees or taxes from the government because I am a Canadian trading with an American, then we have free trade.
The regulatory legalism of NAFTA is a far cry from a natural progression of liberal values. Somewhere in the 19th or 20th century, liberal ideas unglued and merged with untested theories of social democracy and socialism.
Ergo, the state of the world in 2018.
So let's break down what Trump's tariffs mean in this world where central banks and governments "float" fiat currencies against one another.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Once upon a time that was me. Especially when I first started getting into "Austrian" economics. But, as time went on, I wanted to know whether praxeology was really telling me something true about the world.
So, I got into philosophy, particularly epistemology. It's a journey that is far from completion. But there's been one nasty side effect.
The daily nitty-gritty of politics and current events has never been so annoying.
Imagine a discipline so far removed from philosophy yet shaped by unconscious assumptions determining fundamental worldviews -- that's politics.
So when all the countries get together for the G7, when Trump has a "meltdown," none of this means anything to me. And it shouldn't to you either.
Nevertheless, I'm sure there's some lesson behind Trump's advisors referring to Trudeau's "special place in hell."