Thursday, July 12, 2018
Needed: More Cowboys, fewer Social Justice Warriors
1) Live each day with courage.
2) Take pride in their work.
3) Always finish what they start.
4) Do what has to be done.
5) Are tough, but fair.
6) Keep the promises they make.
7) Ride for the brand.
8) Talk less and say more.
9) Remember that some things aren’t for sale.
10) Know where to draw the line.
What's all this about? U. Wyoming has a new slogan "The World Needs More Cowboys." SJWs are incensed, poor babies.
Victory Girls Blog covers the story.
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Fourth of July and more good news for Liberty!
I particularly enjoyed reading this because Tim Pearce is one of my former students at [redacted]. He took several courses with me, and I served as the advisor on his senior thesis, an excellent analysis of the negative consequences of federal ESA "protection" of sage grouse in New Mexico, "protection" that turns out to be harmful for sage grouse, ranchers, and liberty... although it does at least promote the sinecures and power of federal bureaucrats.
Great work, Tim, and thank you, Judge Navarro, for upholding the rule of law!
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
American Independence Day: Freedom is for Everyone
Unlike any nation-state before it, America was founded on philosophical principles. Most notably, America was founded on the principle of the inherent rights of every individual. In the American conception, the individual human being is primary -- not the state, nor the collective, nor the king or any other government official. The state exists only as means to serve the legitimate common ends of the people -- the preservation of their rights, their liberty. Government officials have their positions not to govern, not to rule, but to serve. We are sovereign individuals, superior to the government.
If America had never been founded, or if the American Revolution had been crushed by the British, history would have been very different. The existence and success of America created an environment where freedom could grow elsewhere, and in many respects individual liberty has become the world norm -- even when watered down as nebulous "human rights." The modern world of liberal "democracy" and of market trading and economic growth was made possible by the success of the American Revolution and America. America's philosophical principles were only partially understood and absorbed, but even a flawed implementation has built modern civilization. America is, in an Invisible Hand sense, the architect of world civilization. For that reason, everyone, everywhere, ought to celebrate American Independence Day. It isn't just about Americans breaking free from control by a European power, it's about people breaking away from an old and awful idea that people exist to serve the rulers. It's about freedom of the individual -- and freedom for the individual means freedom for everyone.
It was never the case that everyone believed in freedom. There are those who wish to dominate, to control, to rule. But this has been so out-of-fashion and so discredited, at least in the West, that few have been willing to openly declare their hostility to freedom. This is an interesting Fourth of July, because some on the left are now openly declaring their hostility. New York Times just ran a front page "news article" declaring hostility to free speech. ACLU helps sue bakers to compel obedience. Conservative and libertarian speakers are banned from college campuses, or harassed and shut down. Jennifer Rubin (yes, she's a fellow-traveller) writes in WaPo that Sarah Sanders should be harassed for life because of things she's said. NRA members, Trump voters, and like "deplorables" are condemned as murderers and terrorists and Nazis, who are to be driven from society. Antifa shut down an annual civic parade in Portland, Oregon because Republicans were going to be in it, as usual. In short, a segment of American society is now explicitly condemning liberty and demanding conformity.
The ones preaching violence are largely on the left (and so far it's mostly preaching, thankfully). These are the radical left and their progressive followers. They're abetted by patrician conservatives on the right -- the George Wills, the Jennifer Rubins, the Bill Kristols, the Jeff Flakes, the David Brooksies (that's plural for Brooks). None of these believe in individual liberty. All of them -- the radical left, the progressives, the patricians -- are driven by visions of how things ought to be, and they intend to make us conform. (Well, maybe not the patricians don't intend to make anything happen. They seem to be political eunuchs.) But for all of these, if they had ideas of how to actually make the world better, they'd be entrepreneurs, but they aren't. They are tyrant wannabes.
They'll lose -- at least this round. (It's an eternal struggle, of course.) They'll lose because their only hand to play is emotional outrage, and this loses when things aren't outrageous. They haven't the character to govern and they are showing it. These are a class "whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant..." and "unfit to be the ruler of a free people," much like King George. They condemn themselves, and will fail.
What we need today is not better refutations of the enemies of liberty. We all need better understanding of the principles of liberty. A good place to start is with the Declaration of Independence. I read it in its entirety every Fourth of July. I recommend you, too, do this.
And from all of us at Unforeseen Contingencies, Happy American Independence Day, to everyone everywhere. Cherish and promote freedom!
Monday, July 02, 2018
One more good #WalkAway article
A man adjusts his video camera and sits back. The walls behind him are a tasteful grey-blue. He’s a gay, affluent, native New Yorker, and he’s coming out of the second closet of his life. For Ricky Roberts, the moment came after the Orlando nightclub shootings.
“Trump said he was going to protect gay men, and he did, [with] the travel ban. Hillary was telling Americans not to ‘pick on all Muslims because of this,’” and that did not feel like protection, Roberts says. “I swear to God, wanted to throw my shoe through the TV.
“At that point I was like, I can’t do it anymore. I really can’t.
“You know, listen, I’m a gay guy from New York City, but before that, I’m an American, I’m a patriot. I’m now an uncle.”
His assessment of the Democrats: “From immigration to everything, they are just a disaster.
“They’re anti-American, anti-common sense, rational—anything good, they’re against it.”
Sunday, July 01, 2018
Hopeful News (part 3)
Hopeful News: #WalkAway (part 2)
Imagine what it must be like to be a decent person who leans left because one thinks a bigger safety net program for the poor and unemployed is a good idea, who is concerned with pollution and thinks some regulation is needed to protect us from disasters, believes in protecting rights of women and racial minorities, and thinks a fairly robust government can be a useful counterweight to opportunistic behavior in the private sector, and also believes in free speech for everyone, civil behavior by all, and treating everyone decently... and suddenly is told that since they are of the left they've signed on to a campaign of perpetual rage, closet Marxism, screaming "racist" and "Nazi" at everyone who dissents, vile incivility and open threats of violence... what is such a person to do?
Walk away from all that insanity -- that's what any decent left-liberal would do. The gent in the video I just posted seems a very decent and reasonable man. I suspect I disagree with him on many political issues, but I can easily imagine having a useful discussion with him. I hope there are many, many more among the left who are like him and that the #WalkAway movement grows. The enraged closet Marxists, terminal TDS victims, and politicians who prostitute themselves catering them -- they need to be marginalized, their hateful and destructive voices should not be dominating our political discussions.
Some of the tweets from "Walkers" about why they walked are really interesting and illustrate the tendency of the radical left to purges. I've read samples on various sites -- this one from twitchy is representative. And here's another good one from Legal Insurrection.
Let's hope many, many more walk away from the radical left. That sure beats having a civil war.
Some hopeful news: #WalkAway
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
"Death to Palestine!"
John Pepple links to a Times of Israel story on this, and here's a Jerusalem Post account. The Iranian rial has just lost half its value against the U.S. dollar, the Iranian economy is sinking, and people are understandably outraged that the regime is wasting billions on terroristic misadventures in other lands.
But it gets better yet. The U.S. and Israel are proposing a plan that would end the blockade of Gaza and improve living conditions for Palestinians living there. Among other things, the Israelis would build a port in Cyprus for shipping to Gaza, where cargoes could be screened to make certain no weapons were being smuggled. Egypt seems to be on board with the idea. Mamoud Abbas and the PA are beside themselves, they are outraged and insistent that nothing be done to help the Gazans (Abbas and the PA have cut off salaries and payments for utilities for Gaza, in an effort to starve Hamas). The PA insists it would be better to starve than to get along with Israel.
Before too long it's Palestinians who are likely to be chanting "Death to Palestine!"
Monday, June 25, 2018
What do progressives expect?
But one need not be connected to the Presidential Administration to be threatened. Chris Cox, director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, was harassed, his children threatened, and his home vandalized. Dana Loesch of the NRA regularly receives threats of rape and death. Libertarian blogger Kaitlin Bennett and a friend of hers have received numerous death threats via Twitter. (Twitter found the death threats acceptable -- no one lost their accounts -- but Bennett's account was temporarily suspended for having a photo that included firearms). To add to the sickening list, Nancy Sinatra called for mass execution of NRA members (such as me), and an NYU professor and Antifa are doxxing ICE agents so that they can be attacked at home.
John Pepple warns this behavior will become standard. I don't think so. I think Kurt Schlicter and Ari Fleischer are right: the next step for the left is violence. They are on the verge.
My thoughts: This harassment policy needs to be shut down immediately. Perpetrators need to be arrested and jailed for disturbing the peace, harassment, threats, etc. This criminal behavior has nothing to do with free speech or the First Amendment, and if allowed to grow and accelerate will lead to far worse. Peter Fonda should be arrested and should face criminal charges. Maxine Waters impeached.
Some leftists -- Charles Schumer, the editorial staff at WaPo, even Keith Ellickson -- are starting to call for a halt to this rage and madness, so maybe there's some hope this "resistance" insanity will be cut short before it spins out of control. Most people are not involved in this madness. Curb the provocateurs (and note they are all on the left) and let us return to civility. But it better happen now; once violence really gets going it won't be easily stopped.
Photo: Kaitlin and Natalie received numerous death threats for posting this. Somehow I think threatening these women with violence is not going to be a winning strategy.