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Bastiat’s Conundrum

Posted in Ethics & Morality, Philosophy, Politics, Society on May 27th, 2018

Claude-Frédéric Bastiat, a 19th Century economist and political philosopher of the French Liberal Schoolthink proto-libertarian – was more than a little concerned about society turning its back to what is good and embracing what it is evil.

When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe.

— Frédéric Bastiat
Economic Harmonies (1850 AD)

Not, of course that this is new thought or warning. It goes back to at least Biblical times.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:20, The Bible (KJV)

But, inherent to these very thoughts and proscriptions in the conundrum. Who are the misguided of the public? Who, indeed, have chosen to call evil good, and good evil? When a society – truly, at this point more of a population than a society – cannot even agree upon what words mean, much less what are examples thereof, it becomes almost moot to try to decide this. And yet, from the standpoint of both utility and primal, existential need, decide this America must do.

Related Reading:

The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across the Political Divides
Wrong: Why experts* keep failing us--and how to know when not to trust them *Scientists, finance wizards, doctors, relationship gurus, celebrity CEOs, ... consultants, health officials and more
The Mysterious Benedict Society
In Defense of a Liberal Education
34;The Law,34; 34;The State,34; and Other Political Writings, 1843-1850 (The Collected Works of Frederic Bastiat)

Victims Of Aragorn

Posted in 2012 Election, Coffee & Tea, Philosophy, Politics, Society on June 30th, 2017
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Victim Of Aragorn
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Gondor and all of the West are bloody well lucky that they didn’t have anything even close to being similar to modern Liberals and Progressives. If they had, Gondor would have fallen and there would have been the equivalent of the cover depicted above.

They’d have been rioting all over Minas Tirith, screaming, “#OrclivesMatter! End Numenorian Privilege! Rohirrim are Racist!” It’d have been a mess and would likely have ended with Sauron ruling Middle Earth.

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The Basque Dragon (The Unicorn Rescue Society)
Race-Baiting Insanity: Academic Goals, White Privilege, & The NRA (Race-Baiting Insanity Series #7)
Master of the Grill: Foolproof Recipes, Top-Rated Gadgets, Gear, & Ingredients Plus Clever Test Kitchen Tips & Fascinating Food Science
In Defense of a Liberal Education
Born of Water: Elemental Magic & Epic Fantasy Adventure (The Rise of the Fifth Order Book 1)

Europe

Posted in Humor, Philosophy, Politics, Society on November 15th, 2015

Maps are important and sometimes an excuse for complaint by the certain sorts of non-cartographers. Simarly, Europe is still important and sometimes an excuse for complaint by the certain sorts. So here’s a map of Europe as it is and has been seen by Liberals:

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Europe As Seen By Liberals
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If those “experts” in race-based sociology are correct in promulgating the idea that maps are actually just a social construction, then the map of Europe above must be an accurate cartographic projection of how Liberals have mapped Europe in their minds. 😉

Related Reading:

America: A Narrative History (Brief Tenth Edition) (Vol. One-Volume)
The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
Melodious and Progressive Studies, Book 1, for Clarinet (B448)
Mapping Naval Warfare: A visual history of conflict at sea