FT148: “You only know what someone taught you.” —Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 14th, 2012

Fundamental Truth

If we Grew up on a Deserted Island isolated from Hate we’d Probably Grow up Better Adjusted to live with One Another

No one is born a racist.  It’s something you have to learn.  Someone has to teach it to you.  If a parent is a racist chances are the child will be bombarded with racial slurs growing up.  And become a racist.  Just like his or her parent.  But if you raised a bunch of babies of different races together on a deserted island in isolation would any of them grow up to be a racist?   No.  For they wouldn’t even know what racism is.  Because the life they knew would be normal.  It would be normal for black, white, brown, red and yellow to live together.

Catholics and Protestants have spent a few centuries killing each other.  Ever since the Protestant Reformation in 1517.  People have been persecuting Jews since forever.  The Palestinians, Hezbollah and Hamas have been killing Israelis for decades.  Shiite and Sunni have also been killing each other for a very long time.  These people have hated each other so much that they just want to see the other dead.  Yet if you took a Catholic, a Protestant, a Jew, a Palestinian, a Shiite and a Sunni baby from their parents and raised them on a deserted island in isolation they wouldn’t grow up wanting to kill each other.  They wouldn’t even know they were supposed to hate each other.

Europe was just itching to go to war.  Nationalistic fervor was just bursting at the seams.  Germans, Austrians, Hungarians, French, Russians and British were ready and waiting.  Filled with nationalist pride.  Just jonesing to open a can of whup-ass on anyone that wasn’t from their own great nation.  Having learned nothing from the Crimean War.  Or the American Civil War.  Thinking they would march their magnificent armies onto the field of battle, fight a glorious battle and watch the enemy throw down their arms and run away.  Even though tactics hadn’t changed much from the Crimean War and the American Civil War.  Though the weapons were far more lethal.  Making World War I one of the bloodiest wars of all time.  But had you taken a German, an Austrian, a Hungarian, a French, a Russian and a British baby from their parents at the turn of the century and raised them on a deserted island in isolation they wouldn’t have grown up wanting to go to war with each other.  As they wouldn’t know that they were supposed to hate each other.

Of all the Things the State did Poorly perhaps the Worst was being Husband and Father

When our parents grew up they often went to bed without locking the doors to their houses.  Even during the days of Prohibition when armed gangs shot each other in the street with automatic weapons.  Today we have deadbolts and alarm systems.  And metal detectors at our schools.  For kids today are taking guns to school.  And they’re shooting people.  This didn’t happen during the days of Prohibition when gangs were armed with Thompson 45-caliber submachine guns.  Why?  Because during Prohibition there weren’t violent video games, graphic violence in movies & television and rap & hip-hop songs glorifying gun violence.  So even though we have less lethal weapons on the streets today we have more gun violence than before.  Because kids have been so desensitized to violence that killing people just isn’t a big deal to them.  Raise these kids on a deserted island away from this violence in our pop culture, though, and they’re not going to kill indiscriminately.  Instead they’ll stay innocent kids longer.

Add to this violence in our pop culture our secular progressive culture.  The Left’s quest to remove religion and God from as much of our lives as possible.  And their attacks on Christianity.  For imposing their moral code on people.  And opposing free love and abortion.  They have gone so far as to call for the removal of the Ten Commandments from our government buildings.  And our schools.  Because teaching kids things like ‘Thou shall not kill” is a bad thing.  Or any other morality lesson.  For who’s to say what is right and wrong?  Of course when we teach our kids growing up that there are no moral absolutes it sure weakens the argument for them not to do bad things.  It detaches them from society.  And makes them lack empathy for their fellow citizens.  Making it easier to hurt them.  If you pulled these kids out of our public schools and put them and their parents on a deserted island away from this secular progressive culture and filled them with the fear of God for misbehaving they probably could sleep at night with their doors unlocked.  For hurting one another would be the last thing on their minds.

When LBJ passed his Great Society legislation it included Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).  An unmitigated disaster for poor people.  For it let men father and abandon their children.  Leaving women to turn to the state to act as husband and father.  And of all the things the state did poorly perhaps the worst was being husband and father.  It just decimated poor families.  Single mothers filled housing projects.  Their children, with no male role model, turned to the street.  Got into a lot of trouble.  And into drugs.  Even taking that behavior into their schools.  Which is part of the reason why metal detectors are needed today at our schools.  Forcing organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to pick up the parenting slack.  Had these deadbeat dads lived on a deserted island untouched by AFDC there would have been less fathering and abandoning of children.  Like there was before AFDC.

Keynesian Policies have Historically Resulted in High Unemployment and Painful Recessions

After World War II the world went Keynesian.  Classical economics (that favored savings over consumption, low taxes, the gold standard, little government intrusion into the private sector and responsible fiscal policy as in DON’T spend so much) that made America a superpower went out the window.  In came the disaster we call Keynesian economics (that favored consumption over savings, deficit spending, printing lots of money, high taxes and a lot of government intervention into the private sector.  Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge in the Twenties were the last of the classical economists.  Their policies gave us great prosperity.  JFK adopted policies of the classical economics variety to pull America out of a recession in the Sixties.  Nixon, Ford and Carter were big Keynesians whose policies destroyed America.  Ronald Reagan rebuilt America in the Eighties by returning to policies of the classical economics variety.  As George W. Bush did to pull us out of the bad recession caused by Bill Clinton’s dot-com bubble bursting.

So the record shows the success of classical economics.  And the failure of Keynesian economics.  Yet about half the population voted for the Keynesian policies of President Obama in 2012.  Why?  Why did they vote for more of the failed policies of the past?  Because most Americans learn only of Keynesian economics in their economic courses.  While politicians, economists and the mainstream media endorse Keynesian policies as if they have a record of success.  They do this because Keynesian economics does something that classical economics doesn’t.  Empowers big government.  Sanctions class warfare.  Giving them the moral high ground when raising taxes.  And printing money.  Despite these actions causing the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression.

President Obama won reelection for one of two reasons.  Either people want more free stuff.  Or they don’t understand economics.  Or the consequences of handing out all that free stuff.  For if they understood economics they would not have voted for a Keynesian.  For Keynesian policies have historically resulted in high unemployment and painful recessions.  So even if you’re voting for the free stuff you’d vote for the classical economics candidate.  For without people working there is no income to tax to pay for all of that free stuff.  But few people understand economics.  Which is lucky for President Obama.  In fact, few people understand the disaster that has been the liberal agenda as the liberals control the public schools, our colleges, the mainstream media and the entertainment establishment.  So few are learning the long record of liberal failures.  Which helps liberals win elections.  For you only know what someone taught you.  And if the liars are in charge of teaching us the only things we will learn are their lies.  Unless, of course, we can find some deserted island to grow up on where their policies can’t reach us.  Then when we come back we can make the world a better place.  A place with sound economic policies.  With no racism, no religious intolerance, no blind nationalist fervor, no culture of gun violence and no epidemic of deadbeat dads.

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FT111: “Arrogance and intelligence are not the same thing.” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 30th, 2012

Fundamental Truth

Liberal Control of Pop Culture, the Mainstream Media and the Colleges help push their Minority Views onto the Majority

What do you think the breakdown of people in the United States is?  Politically speaking.  What are the percentages of conservatives, liberals and moderates?  If you watch/listen/read a lot of pop culture you no doubt think conservatives are in the minority.  If you listen to the mainstream media you no doubt think that conservatives are in the minority.  If you’re young and/or are in college you no doubt think that conservatives are in the minority.  Would it surprise you to learn that conservatives are actually in the majority?  Well, then, surprise.

According to Gallup, in 2011 40% of the American people identified themselves as conservative.  While 35% identified themselves as moderate.  And only 21% identified themselves as liberal.  Surprising, huh?  Especially when the ‘appropriate’ behavior appears to be to snicker at and belittle conservatives these days.  Forcing them into the closet.  For one thing you never hear of is a closet-liberal.  No, they can be in your face.  Any time.  Any place.  And it’s okay.  But a conservative has to lower his or her voice and look around first to see if it’s ‘okay’ to express his or her political opinion.  Why is that?

Well, it helps to control the major channels of communication.  Pop culture.  The mainstream media.  And colleges.  It also helps that young adults want to escape the responsible parenting of their parents so they can party and have as much sex that is humanly possible.  Which makes them a very useful pawn for liberals to advance their minority views.  Because liberals aren’t their parents.  But they act and talk like their parents.  When they attack their parents.  With an air of all-knowing condescension.  Exasperation.  And arrogance.  The only difference between kids’ parents and these liberals is that kids’ parents are trying to do what is best for their kids.  While liberals are trying to do what is best to advance their minority views.

Liberals speak with such Arrogant Confidence that it makes Some People Feel that they Must be Right 

Women fall for bad boys.  Even though they are not particularly bright.  Or have great earning potential.  That’s why so many women can never find true happiness in a relationship.  At least based on the high divorce rates.  It’s just the way it is.  Because women aren’t attracted to short, fat, balding guys that have good but boring careers.  No matter how beautiful they are on the inside.  No.  These women are attracted to the men that will ultimately cheat on them.  These men who can’t stand the thought of being in a monogamous relationship.  Because they are bad boys.  Rebels.  Nonconformists.  Alpha males.  Confident and cocky.  Who don’t like having any limits placed on them.  And want to enjoy every moment of life.  Especially since feminists have empowered women.  Giving them all the birth control and access to abortion they need to please these alpha males.  Which lets these men enjoy as many women sexually as is humanly possible.  No, marriage is not for them.  Neither is a monogamous relationship.  For there is just too much passion in their hearts for one woman.

Everyone is attracted to the alpha male.  Women want to be with them.  And men want to be around them.  To be like them.  To enjoy a little of their world.  For arrogance is attractive.  People are attracted to strong people who are sure of themselves.  Who never doubt themselves.  And feel safer whenever they are around.  Like the cowboys in the Old West.  When life was scary.  And nothing made you feel safer than having a manly cowboy around to protect you.  And this is how liberals advance their minority view.  It’s their arrogance that makes people feel that they must be right.  For they speak with such confidence.  Without a shadow of doubt.  And anyone so sure and so full of themselves must know what they are talking about.  Besides, they make the stuff we want to do (like having a lot of sex) seem the right thing enlightened people do.

But arrogance and intelligence are not the same thing.  Pick your favorite celebrity who’s attacked a conservative.  Or conservative policies.  And ask yourself if you think they understand economics.  Do they understand that high inflation is a monetary problem?  That governments cause high prices by printing too much money?  Do they know that stimulus spending fails to stimulate the economy because sellers increase their prices to offset the coming inflation (rational expectations)?  Before anyone spends that stimulus money?  Resulting in no new economic activity.  Only higher prices.  Do they understand that everyone prices oil on the international market in U.S. dollars?  And that government inflation causes gasoline prices to rise (as the oil sellers raise their prices to offset that inflation)?  Do they understand that government regulations are another cost of business that businesses add to their selling prices? Do they understand that jobs in the private sector pay for all government spending including all government jobs?  Do they know that free markets have promoted equality and reduced discrimination (women have a better life in a country with free markets than they do in a country like Iran)?  Do they know that Karl Marx was wrong in his economic thinking (as technology increases in capitalistic countries workers see their wages rise over time, not fall into perpetual poverty)? 

Liberals can push their Minority Views onto the Majority because of the Perception that their Views are the Majority

Of course they don’t know.  They haven’t the foggiest clue about things economic.  And are only liberals so no one picks on them for their obscene wealth and their extravagant lifestyles.  No.  They don’t attack conservatives for economic reasons.  They attack them because they’ve just learned that it’s appropriate to attack conservatives.  To snicker at them.  To belittle them.  Which they learned from their pop culture.  From the mainstream media.  And from our colleges.  They don’t know how to articulate their beliefs.  Because they don’t understand what they criticize.  And mask their ignorance with an air of all-knowing condescension.  Exasperation at those who disagree with them.  And, of course, arrogance.  By attacking and ridiculing conservatives.  But never engaging them in an ideological debate.

And this is how the 21% pushes their minority views on the majority population.  It’s sort of like real estate.  It’s all about perception.  Because they have pop culture, the mainstream media, the colleges and young adults (who want an alternative to their parents so they can have fun) their views appear to be in the majority.  Not in the minority.  So their views appear to be the ‘right’ views.  Just like that story about a small realtor who has only two signs in town.  One on the road into town.  And one on the road out of town.  Making people driving on that road think, “Wow.  This must be the biggest realtor in town.  I see their signs everywhere.”

And so it is with liberalism.  When people hear their minority views everywhere they feel that these views are the ‘biggest’ views in town.  And don’t question the ideology supporting them.  Or the economics.  Or the history of their failure.

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