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Last month’s debate at Soho Forum – where I periodically went to observe live libertarians in NYC, despite unreasonably expensive tickets and mediocre snacks provided by catering service of Japanese wife of the organizer – will be the last for me.

Last time I was forced to listen to this kind of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel drivel  was when I was leaving USSR – as a Jewish refugee – and it was precisely the reason I left.

Danny-boy, pictured above, in best imitation of Soviet TV anchors, same actor’s diction and modulations, and almost the same expressions, accused Israel of genocide (attempted, if not performed – his words); assured the audience that he is not an anti-semite  (short of declaring his best friends are Jews) – but he’s looking after interests of all Middle East, to save lives of American soldiers and in interest of fairness; his heart of a soldier breaks for poor abused palestinians who live without a hope for their own state – while un-democratic Israelis pronounce themselves shamelessly a national Jewish state. He said that Hamas now is not the same as it was 10yrs ago, and “we” (US) should be forcing Israel to make a peace with it. That rockets that fly to Israeli cities are 1st, harmless, 2nd, don’t come from palestinians, 3rd, come as reaction to aggressive Israeli oppression. That the fact that claiming a “right to return” are now 3 times more “palestinians” than were at the time they were kicked out of Israel land is explained not by fraud – but by “increased demographic birthrates, a tradition in the region”. That it is time to stop feeding Israel with American money and arms! – not  a word of how much we’ve bleed to Arafat and Co and whole unholy cabal of arab leaches.

So on, and on, and on.  My blood boils when I try to recall it all, for this post.

Leftist, anti-semitic, racist, base lies and libel.

His opponent was also a leftist – but a Jew. Lame, whining, apologetic. Said he “doesn’t condone Israeli expansion to settlements”and he’s opposed to Israel as a national state. Disgusting. He lost in the “debate”- and public ( mixed, with fair proportion of Arabs in attendance) rejoiced.

I am appalled.

Sent a request for refund for my VIP package of the 5 debates, explaining exactly why. We’ll see if I have to fight to get my money back.

To hell with NY libertarians, to hell with this “Oxford-style debate”, and to hell with its organizer – with a Jewish name.

 

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Форум

вчера была на дебате в Сохо Форум
“The financial crisis of 2008 was caused mainly by government-induced distortion of markets rather than caused mainly by intrinsic market failure”
За: John Allison, of BB&T corp and CATO
Против: Mark Zandi, CEO @ Moody
Аллисон победил по подсчёту votes, но это просто аудитория такая попалась, libertarian bias.

Скользкий тип, Занди. Красивенький, лощёный. Говорит как поёт, и с шутками. Умный. И никак у него Феды не виноваты. Наоборот, спасибо додду-франку, что наконец зарегулировали вольницу, дикий запад. БОльше, бОльше regulations!

Аллисон мне книжку подписал. Мне его акцент нравится, чистый канзас

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I return to my earlier dark suspicions about Trump’s direction. Stubbornly pushing tariffs, the way he disposed of his economic adviser Kohn – the one who was behind the famous tax cuts last December and is the advocate for free trade – despite being a Dem. The way he undermines his own administration – just as Mnuchin says “we are not getting into trade wars” ->Trump contradicts him with “trade war is not a bad thing”. The way he caved in to gun-control campaigners. The way the stocks fall and jump on his every tweet doesn’t inspire much confidence either.

Actually, I realize my unease about Trump’s steadfastness (or lack of ) never left me and is hovering in the back of my mind all the time.

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Интересная тема и отличная ветка в треде: горлопан из публики потребитель продукта и богатей из фарма-фирмы производитель его же.

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Jane’s Law

The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane.

[Megan McArdle, 2003 – at biblical times of Asymmetrical Information, when Megan was on the Right]

Happened by chance to this quote, the post and thread – and nostalgia washed over. Not for being young [relatively] and smart [that, too] – but sharing in their company. Ah, the wit, the civility (compared to contemporary discourse), the intellectual sparkle – how I miss them. Another thought: that nobody learns the lesson. Read the post @the link and you’ll know it.

Interesting, how many 20 to 30-somethings now, hearing the name Megan McArdle, will confuse her with despicable Meghan Markle?

PS

Megan is still churning out aphorisms – regrettably, now on Twitter:

My working theory of bitcoin arguments: there’s a small cadre of experts with sophisticated theories about what bitcoin’s good for, surrounded by lots of speculators, anarchists, & goldbugs. The conversation is driven by the experts. But the price of bitcoin is driven by the rest

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Blogroll addition: Coyote

Yes, believe it: in these times of blogs scarcity I have a new addition* to my roll: Coyote Blog (coming via Dustbury).  In recent post the author express the vision: to present a salon for policy discussion. Channeling Mr.Ford: I don’t mind all colors, as long as we continue to lean black libertarian…

*It is “new” only on my blogroll (and way overdue!); Coyote has been in existence since 2004 – and I decided to add them exactly when the author has doubts re: continuing the blog. Maybe by increasing its audience I’ll influence the author to reconsider, in my small way .

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You Democrats don’t just need to reform your gun policy, you need to reform your attitude towards the voters to a place from which your present policy looks as vicious and absurd as it does to them.

You Democrats don’t just need to reform your rhetoric about racism and sexism, you need to reform your attitude towards the voters to a place from which your present rhetoric looks as vicious and absurd as it does to them.

It’s all of a piece. You’ve forgotten how to be the party of the people. Trump was the price of that forgetfulness. Now, you need to relearn it, for all our sakes.

The alternative is that something like the Republicans, or possibly worse, dominates American politics for the foreseeable future. I don’t want that, and you should fear it more than I do.

So get your act together now.

Read the whole thing.

[H/t to stas]

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To debate this eternally consequential dilemma (I mean, Johnson or Trump? Trump or HillBill is considered only by the likes of Taki “libertarians.” If any) – or listen to others debating it for you, please click on “Play” below

Link via American Rattlesnake – thank you, Gerard! – and here’s my impression below the cut:

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10 лет, Anna_Stilo решилась оставить мне следующий коммент:

Г-споди, какая же вы удивительная… Подставьте эпитет сами, я не в силах.от восторга :)))
Исключительно заглянув в гугль, я, честно, это впервые делаю.

Отставим в сторону странную орфографию, но и смысл заявления (с которым, повторю, журналистка Анна догоняла меня 10 лет) от меня ускользает.  Что нам хотел сказать автор сего произведения? Подозреваю, нечто малоприятное. За что, интересно? Перечтём длинный тред десятилетней давности.

Ну, что сказать…взгляды мои только усугубились. Но развивать тему, разжёвывать и обьяснять я бы сейчас не стала. Не стоит труда.

Однако хорош был сукин сын…дочка то есть. Как излагала! Увидела б где сейчас, зафрендила бы себя в момент!

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Trump-pam-pam

Copying my comment @Brian’s:

As people-smarter-than-me noted long ago, we are a Nation of Salesmen. We live surrounded by salesmen and their pitches. Anyone who’s been in the country for 5yrs knows he has to divide any sales spiel by at least 2 – and divide Trump speeches by 10.
Those who don’t (all those crowds at Trump’s rallies) will be taken for a spin in a used ford sold to them as a sparkling ferrari.

I have a nagging suspicion, born from dealing with bombastic salesmen, that he’s already made a behind-the-curtains deal with Hil&Bill and their cohort of cynical moneygrabbers. Judging by his previous deals w/Clintons, his many-decades cohabitaiton with socialist nomenklatura administrations in this city (NY), see his numerous and prosperous built-in-insults-to-taste (Trump Tower, Trump SoHo hotel, etc) – he is a statist when it suits his RE acquisition and a salt-of-the-Earth natural libertarian when it benefits his moneybags.

If he wins, this will be a Traitorous Administration on a truly humongous scale.

Update: Brian Micklethwait responds.

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Wiki-quote

His mother is Jewish, and his stepfather is an architect

Hmmm…sounds familiar

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do i like the increase in taxes, NO – i am in the lowest rung of the highest bracket – but i will grin and bear it, if it happens.

Let’s see how much it is, exactly

tax bracket
It’s rather easy to “grin and bear” at this stage, isn’t it? And to be generous, especially with other people’s money.

И эта мерзкая сучка смеет ещё что-то вякать о её libertarian friends!
А вообще – кроме насквозь подлого нутра, мочалка-моля просто дура. Неумная, претенциозная дура с раздутым самомнением. Спорить с ней – значит выполнить её самое заветное желание: чтоб её воспринимали всерьёз. Кто спорит с дураками – сам малого ума, так и знайте…

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idnycNaturally, I am completely against this card as form of identification, even more so – as an ID for the questionably-legal (because, as our infamous mayor BdB insist, “immigration status does not matter”. Doesn’t it? Look at Germany, Billie!)
See, f.i., combination of what documents can get you this card in NYC:
-Your child’s U.S. Birth Certificate – listing applicant as birth parent
-Foreign Driver’s License – NOT machine readable
-U.S. School Transcript without date of birth (transcript from H.S. NOT including date of birth, dates attended, academic record etc)
-Plus one document establishing residency: like letter from Homeless shelter or High School.
Absolutely ridiculous!

What can one use this card for? Among other uses, “Benefits like SNAP, cash assistance and Section 8″. Or as government prescription medication discount card (50% off). Compare to a normal insurance-issued benefits card: tiers of “covered” medications, mandatory generics instead of proprietory brands, and premiums and copays of such magnitude that using the insurance card in a pharmacy makes absolutely no economic sense. A relative told me a diabetic med costs MORE with insurance card than if declared absence of insurance and paid pharmacy price out of pocket.
But I digress.

I’d like to offer an explanation why there are now 8mln NewYorkers who applied for the card.

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Debates

Are you watching? So far I like Bob Jindal most of all. You?
Update
Nope, I take it back. Fiorina is better – and Tramp is a misogynistic, Putin- buddy,self-aggrandizing inarticulate asshole.

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-Ну произвол вытекает не вполне из насилия – даже если бы право решать было в каждом случае добровольно и корректно делегировано, _произвол_ бы, alas, никуда не делся.
-дело же в том, что алгоритм на каждый случай не пропишешь. Поэтому, неизбежность решений в той или иной степени принимаемых по произволу, “зашита” в систему.
Это систему нужно менять. Но для этого требуется совершенно иная ресурсная база.
-Последнее, что на мой взгляд нужно Австралии – это либертарианство любого извода.
Собственно, в нашем случае это просто рецепт для катастрофы (в отрыве от всех претензий к нашему государству конкретно и государству как институту вообще).
-[Вы меня приняли] за человека, который одобрит рецепт либертарианской революции в Австралии? Насильственной, кажется?
Ну, да, есть. У нас даже фашисты есть. И троцкисты. Континент такой, чего Вы хотите? Но в политической сфере представлены очень вяло – и периодически выпадают из нее вовсе, даже на уровне штатов. Избирателя нечем привлечь, в общем и целом.
А опасны тем, что если систему, годами затачивавшуюся под поддержание социального мира (и относительно в этом отношении преуспевшую), попытаться перевести на либертарианские утопические рельсы, то выйдет полное людоедство в самом лучшем случае, а в самом _вероятном_ это будет такой особо скверный способ самоубийства.

Цитаты отсюда.

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Bias

Of all the “news” sources describing train incident in France, only American Jacksonville TV station’ headline said:2 U.S. service members, civilian stop attacker on train in Europe.

The rest call all three brave Americans – “soldiers”, including our own CNN.

They clearly don’t understand the concept of National Guard, personal responsibility and, wider, citizen’s duty. Europeans used to delegate defense (personal and public) to State, so they automatically call defenders – government employees.

That’s the difference between countries surrendered to statism – and US, with our lingering mentality of freedom, inherent libertarianism of our people.

PS

Courage of free people is contagious:

Norman said that when he first saw the gunman, his initial instinct was to duck down in his seat, NBC Los Angeles reported. But then he heard Skarlatos telling the other men to “get him.” Stone jumped up and ran forward, tackling the gunman. Skarlatos and Sadler followed. Norman quickly joined them, helping wrestle the gunman to the ground and get him under control so he couldn’t hurt anyone else.

PPS
Ah, CNN. Speaking from their posterior.  As usual.

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A drive through faculty parking lots at any major university in America is like taking a tour of luxury automotive dealerships. Lincolns, Jaguars, BMWs Mercedes Benzes and Range Rovers dot such parking lots. There are few 1997 Fords to be found. Yet these hypocritical liberal elitists pen articles and books about income inequality and the “unfairness” of the American capitalist system. Articles which they then circulate amongst themselves, read, and write congratulatory reviews which amount to little more than back-slaps to one other as they laud their own ever-increasing levels of enlightenment.

D. Willburn @American Thinker

I have noticed the same thing in my 18 years of work at various architectural offices in NY: the principals/owners/partners of these companies were all liberals politically and most ruthless, even brutal, competitive capitalists in their everyday practice. They are getting very rich in the process (especially if they secured government contracts) but they proudly pat themselves on the back for their “humanistic” (in fact, socialistic) politics and despising Republicans. I’ve had at least two occurrences when my libertarian views cost me a job, almost openly.

There is an internal conflict in their heads.

No wonder people who enjoy success in this industry are double-crossers, back-stabbers, baby-face liars and “plantators”. Their path to the top is self-selection.

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И вот это вот прикидывается libertarian. Требуйте нефальсифицированных продуктов и долива пива! Не верьте birdwatcher!

PS

Добавление: цитата.
Коммунисты ограбили их [российское поколение 90х – ETat] родителей, чтобы зачем-то сделать толковыми алгоритмистами нас. Поэтому теперь не очень удобно говорить [им – ETat] чего же вы не едете.”
White guilt detected. Повторение подлой советской сказки. Знакомый припев “вас Родина выучила-выкормила, а вы её предаёте”. К тому же ещё конкретней: “Родина” заменена “коммунистами”. Персонаж чует свою вину перед русским поколением 90х за то, что коммунисты потратили награбленное  – на его обучение! Wow.
Анна, признаю неправоту: идиот. Ходячее подтверждение: когда у дурака 3 высш. образования, получается дурак в кубе.

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But of course. Sickeningly familiar.
“Lone wolf” my tukhes.
[Thank you, Pamela. Outstanding journalistic work]

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lefty liberal statists [некоторые – в овечьей шкуре] сокрушаются об упущенных налоговых возможностях, катят на рейгана и нынешних республиканцев и пытаются отбелить (ха) “обаму” из “obamacare”.

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State marionettes

The police and the national guard aren’t there to protect the townspeople. They’re there to protect the rioters from people who would defend their property with lethal force.

Today’s quote of the day is from Henry Dampier, found via Isegoria:

America has ceded what used to be the prerogative of militia to professional standing armies and police forces. The result is that public defense gets left to parties who have a limited direct stake in the town itself. The soldiers don’t care because they are not from the town, are not culturally linked to the town, and could arguably care less about whether everyone there lived or died. This is the same for the democratically elected civilian governors who are in and out of office in a matter of years rather than lifetimes.[…]

Republican government is a joke-concept if there is no militia made up of citizens, if the rights of citizenry aren’t directly connected with the people who actually need to enforce the law directly. To the extent that citizens cede law enforcement to standing armies, they cede their governing ability. To say that citizens ‘govern’ and are ‘sovereign’ when outside parties actually implement governance without any authority higher than they are is to say something false, or at the very least to water down the word ‘citizen’ to the point to which it is meaningless.

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Devil’s advocate

Украинцы задаются вопросом:

“почему сепаратисты топчут украинские флаги, плюют в украинских солдат и бросаются под украинские танки, пока получают соцвыплаты из Киева, и начинают орать о том, что они украинские граждане, как только правительство перестает им платить?”

Рискну ответить: потому и топчут и требуют, что граждане. Активная гражданская позиция – это о них. Кроме того, священным содержимым флаги сами по себе не обладают; их этим наделяют люди, склонные к идолопоклонству и ажитации (этим особенно страдают западные украинцы – я среди них жила 8 лет, знаю. У меня окна выходили на собор св. Юра. Я эту пасхальную толпу с фанатичной истовостью в очах помню очень хорошо.) Вот тут как раз и тест для украинцев: если хотят стать западной демократией, должны воспитать в себе западно-демократическую толерантность к инакомыслящим. Сепаратисты Квебека, например, размахивают собственными флагами уже вон сколько лет, остальные канадские провинции отвечают им дружными насмешками, но танками почему-то не давят, пенсии выплачивают исправно, и защищают канадской армией так же, как и Онтарио с Ванкувером.

А что сепаратисты требуют соцвыплаты – так они делали взносы в эти фонды много лет. Почему, собственно, им не требовать своих денег? Соц. фонды – это государственная страховка на случай невозможности прокормить себя из-за форс мажора, так? Ну так война и есть форс мажор. Пока украинское государство официальным путём не лишило гражданства сепаратистов Донбасса – они обладают всеми гражданскими правами, включая соц.выплаты.

Конечно, тут вопрос личной этики: брать ли деньги от врага. Я бы, напр., не то что не требовала бы – а не взяла, если бы и совали – из гордости. Но у украинского государства, не оперирующего в дискурсе эмоций, существует финансовое обязательство: собранные в целевой фонд налоги отдать гражданам, у которых эти налоги взяты. А есть ли деньги в этом фонде именно в данную минуту или они потрачены на не относящиеся к делу мероприятия – заимодавцев волновать не должно.

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Interpreter

Whatever you say, a “progressive” can always tell what you really meant by it. It’s a simple formula: if you say X you must mean Y, and Y is unacceptable, therefore your opinions must be crushed. However clearly you state your position, a “progressive” will always manage to read between the lines”.

Reminded me of something I heard yesterday, although not on this subject, precisely.

[via Gerard]

 

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QotD

The Apostles of Big Government are the best evangelists for libertarianism – hell, anarchocapitalism – one could possibly imagine.

Read why @Professor

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