Alcohol prohibition failed -- drug and sex-work prohibition are failing -- gun and abortion prohibition will fail
Always enlightening. Interesting so to in your commentary, very sparse. The key phrase in the Bastiat quote "groups of men" and Timothy in silencing women. Some men have been able to live in relative peace for millennia, their societies are led by women.
Excellent! I especially liked your comment after the "plunder" meme.
OMG - some treasure here. Love the green army men, the morality of the bible, and the fox in the chicken coop.
You are on FIRE today, my friend! All excellent, and all will undoubtedly be reposted on my blog!
Spirilis: Steven Pinker recognized that women's growing social and political power has helped make the world more humane. The Abrahamic religions' relegation of women to a more subordinate role is another one of their retrograde influences.Ricko: Thanks. People eventually stopped believing in the supposed natural rights of the medieval ruling class, and in the USSR people saw through the pretensions of the communist bureaucratic state within a generation or so. I hope that people here, also, are waking up to the way our own wealthy parasite class has scammed us into accepting their position as legitimate.Lady M: From the photos I've seen, that toy army picture is pretty accurate. And there's enough moral garbage in the Bible for a thousand of these.Voenix: Thanks! Please do repost as desired.
The first one is me. I can socialize but I am selective who I do it with. The last one also hits home with me. I don't understand people who lie all the time. Just why.
It's always best to be selectively social. Not everyone has anything of value to contribute to your life. As to lying, usually simply remaining silent is just as effective, and attracts less attention.
I also loved the fox meme, as well as the "submission to authority" preceding it. Authority does not automatically confer righteousness of action, morality, or truth to the entity in control. Anarchy is not the solution however, but rather authority granted and capable of being revoked by the consent of the governed is. Simply walking off that plank holding the authoritarian in power when such power is abused is the solution, as the meme suggests. Unfortunately doing so with those abusing authority is predicated on an educated and engaged people unwilling to submit to abusive authority. Such a thing is waning in America, and indeed in the world, it would appear.
The fox image is very telling."Authority" basically means power plus perceived legitimacy. It is a valuable possession, thus much sought after by the kind of people who really should not be exercising power. People in authority need to be carefully watched, and the founders of the US were wise to design the system with built-in limitations on power.Anarchy has been tried (Somalia) and the results are awful. I did think the "Don't tell me what to do" response was funny.As for people willing to resist abused authority, well, the immune system responds most strongly where the infection is most severe -- it takes blatant abuses to provoke strong resistance. I've noted the resistance in the US to totalitarian-minded restrictions on guns and abortion. The most striking example of all is the mass resistance in Iran against the tyrannical theocracy there. We may yet have something to learn from our civilizational elders. They know abuse of authority when they see it -- in their situation, it's impossible not to.
These were great! You certainly don't need religion to have morals. And I really like what you wrote here: "The above is true of every parasitic ruling class in history, from ancient priesthoods to medieval feudal lords to communist state bureaucracies to our own "one percent".
I would argue that religion interferes with morality, if anything. And ruling classes in a wide range of societies do have that in common, that they skim off as much of the wealth as possible and concoct ideologies or religions that justify their doing so.
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