Joe’s Comment – Peripety strikes at the most awkward moment.
Quote o’ the Week
“Liberalism is a philosophy of consolation for the West as it commits suicide.” – James Burnham
The Useless Class
Joe and I are fiscal conservatives (although recent spending has driven our internal resident accountant to drink). We believe in a free market and personal economic responsibility. We abhor coercion at any level – taxation, social, intellectual, spiritual.
But…. we are social libertarians.
The earths population is in excess of 7 billion souls. Science, technology, and human ingenuity keep advancing the true wealth of human capital – that nebulous quantity called “free time” – where each person spends less time on the hard scrabble reality of making a living, and more time pursuing personal interest.
Indeed, the amount of “work” required from the aggregate “people” in order to provide the bare necessities is continuously dropping.
To summarize, the human population keeps increasing, the human labor required to support these people keeps lessening. From a 2011 Wall Street Journal article –
So what are all these extra hours going to be used for, what will they produce, how will they add to the conglomerate wealth of humanity, to human capital? Will these hours be “capitalized” upon, or is it another form of inflation…..
Will the people caught in these circumstances loose hope for a better life through “hard work and sacrifice”?
Hence the term “The Useless Class”.
There are (already) many people qualified, able, and willing to work, but there are not jobs available. What do they do? In the West, government provides the welfare to keep them with the requirements of life, via programs not designed to do so, while corporate entities (in legitimate pursuit of profit), use the law of the land to further erode the job landscape (where are the capitalist environmentalists when you need them?)
David Hunt has much to say about the topic. Read “The Omen of Lost Shirts“.
A quote within the article (from the Guardian) –
“Harari calls it “the rise of the useless class” and ranks it as one of the most dire threats of the 21st century. In a nutshell, as artificial intelligence gets smarter, more humans are pushed out of the job market. No one knows what to study at college, because no one knows what skills learned at 20 will be relevant at 40. Before you know it, billions of people are useless, not through chance but by definition.” – (from Yuval Noah Harari’s article “AI will create “useless class” of human.)
Humanity has advanced to the point that “the garden of Eden” is a reality on the horizon – that original condition where “paradise on earth” exists, but the cost is too great to bear – the cost of suppressing the human quest for knowledge.
Will humanity survive?
Is the purpose of homo sapiens as a species finally evident – to create autonomous self-replicating intelligent machines?
Stay tuned! Most interesting are the times in which we reside.
This woman is unfit for much of anything in Joe’s opinion.
Like any self respecting mad scientist, Joe wonders if it was born so corrupt, or had to learn to be truly evil – nurture or nature?
In my opinion, she would look good in orange (Orange is the new Black).
I think the appropriate reaction is to stop It than to study It….
Her history of living off the legal reservation is lengthy.
Her history of immoral and unethical behavior is decades long – back to her youth.
Both Clintons have criminal activity in their current and past political lives.
The shady dealings, outright bribery, scandals, treason…. – have never ceased. Some are worse than others.
The following story is a black mark against the law, a miscarriage of justice, enough to make the angels weep:
The abuses are big and small. Some are petty. Some are beyond treason. There are allegations of murder.
If you have the stomach for repugnant behavior, watch this movie that was prohibited from showing during the 2008 election cycle. Who prohibited the movie? Why, the friendly folks from the Clinton machine:
I Side With
Joe and I took the latest “I Side With” poll on the 2016 presidential candidates.
A bit of a surprise the results were –
Gary Johnson is the candidate of the Libertarian Party. Darrell Castle is the candidate for the Constitutional Party. Jill Stein represents the Green Party. Bill’s wife is the shame of the Democrat Party. Guess what? We didn’t think we’d be so compatible with The Donald – our weltanshauung leans mostly libertarian.
How do we square the circle?
Yogi Berra of course. “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is”.
You can take the quiz here.
LGBT with lettuce, tomato, and mustard
Joe and I think there is no substitute for stupidity, but mental illness can give the same appearance.
The world of science is again at odds with the world of social justice warriors, with the fascists of political correctness.
Science now insists there is no support for the outrageous demands for the government to fund sex change surgery.
The Left’s collective brain explodes.
News here, and here.
POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID
PHILOSOPHY, PHILOSOPHERS, SMART THINKING
GUNS, GUNNERS, GUNNERY
THE RELIGION OF PEACE (ALL OVER US)
There are a few people in the West who carry the fight to creeping Islam.
One of the boldest and bravest is Pamela Geller.
Remember her “Draw Mohammad” event in Garland TX where terrorists attacked and were killed?
Wonder why she has not had events since?
The creeping cowardice about freedom of speech has prohibited her efforts – the availability of venues to promote her views has been curtailed – but that does not stop Pamela.
A recent address from Los Angeles demonstrates that she has lost none of her ardor none of her fire none of her appeal. Go Pamela go!
Another brave American with the same passion for freedom is Robert Spencer.
Robert has written 15 books on the subject of Islam.
He knows more about the “religion of peace” than 90% of Muslims.
The following address featuring both Pamela and Robert was held in Los Angeles by the American Freedom Alliance. Both are passionate speakers about the danger of Islam:
As Mr. Spencer states, “In this age of absurdity, let us not be absurd.”
No statement is more apropos about politics today.
David Horowitz is a conservative pundit. He was raised a “red diaper baby” by parents registered with the American Communist Party. His political compass was changed by the actions of Huey Newton and the Black Panthers, who were responsible for murdering his friend Betty Van Patter. He is a strong advocate for conservatism:
WEATHER (OR NOT)
This week in Vernon the weather was unsettled. Some rain, big wind, clouds, and lots of sunshine when it wasn’t doing the other stuff. The days are getting shorter. The nights are getting cooler.
Feels like autumn.
Smells like autumn.
The fruit in the trees is about two weeks ahead of normal.
Snow only two months 10 days ahead.
p.s. Ramirez for all seasons –