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Capitalism Schmapitalism

Capitalism Schmapitalism summary and discussion (if anyone has interest).

About a week ago I posted some items I had sitting in my drafts folder. Some were almost 2 years old, some were about a year old. All were an attempt to define why I jokingly took Floyd to tax for his post attacking Donald J. Trump’s Smoot Hawley policy opinions.

As JimmyC pointed out, the posts are a mess (if you care to wade through them click on the “Capitalism Scmapitalism” tag at the bottom of this post to find them), that’s why they had remained in my drafts folder, but posting them and re-reading them has given me the insight necessary to synthesize my points.

1. The world is at economic war with us.
Why is it valid to say we should fight those who want to change the religious fabric of our nation or the world, or those who want to instill Communism in foreign lands, or those who want to change the culture in our country, or how we educate or children, but anything to do with Economics must be completely hands off and laissez-faire? China, Russia, the EU, Japan, are all large economies backed by political systems openly competing against our economy. Why should we let them take our jobs? Our industries?

B: Countries get in big, internal trouble when large segments of their young (20 – 35) male population are unemployed, underemployed or discontented.
Putting young men to work in jobs that fulfill their need to feel valued and independent is vital, not only to their well-being, but to the well-being of our nation. 25 year olds who have a decent, fulfilling job and can make a car payment and share an apartment with a few buddies rarely strap bombs to themselves and head for subway cars.

III) Material health vs. spiritual health.
There is no question the world has improved materially since we’ve laid down our arms and allowed other nations to beat us in the labor market. My family has taken more, cooler vacations than my parents were able to manage. Our house is at least 5 times the size of theirs. Clothes, food, cars… All better. I don’t think my kids or their peers are any happier than my generation was. As a matter of fact, I think they are less happy on average. I don’t think today’s parents are as content as my parents’ generation. Adults and children trying to medicate depression and anxiety away. Kids can’t focus on their schoolwork. Parents can’t stay married. And now, most parents believe their children will be the first generation of Americans to not even surpass their parents in material wealth. What has the pursuit of material wealth gotten us?

Four – When America was the world’s Economic powerhouse nations worked to emulate us and the world became freer.
When America utilizes its labor and capital in its own self-interests, other nations see the good that comes of that and strive to make their governments function like ours. If America cedes our industry to foreign lands, those lands can win bigger shares of the U.S. market for their goods by mistreating their own workers and abusing their natural resources. When America thrives our nation creates the best ideas. We should continue to develop and improve them as an example to the world on how to conduct a free and open society. If we put national effort and pride into protecting the economic lives of our own citizens other countries will learn from that, just as they learned from us at the on-set of the Industrial revolution and through the space age and computer revolutions.

Jimmy's Mini-Reviews: What I've Been Watching

I’ve seen a lot of interesting stuff lately, but I don’t have time to give these movies/shows the write-ups they deserve, so here are some bite-size reviews to enjoy.

Coco

The Conjuring – someone here recommended this one in the comments (I can’t remember who), but I’m glad they did. Despite having almost no blood or violence (and no sex or nudity), this unnerving horror flick kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and did it with almost no cheap jump scares. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are outstanding as a husband-and-wife team of paranormal investigators working for the Catholic church to investigate possible demonic possessions, and in the film they help a middle-class family whose rural house is infested with some nasty spirits. The whole movie is very pro-Christian (horror is pretty much the only mainstream genre that can get away with that anymore), and director James Wan (Saw) builds up the tension like a master.
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Thursday Open Thread 

On this day in 1778, Capt. Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands

Thank God for Jordan Peterson!

If you have 29:55 I highly recommend watching this video. I intend to watch it many times, to learn his techniques and work towards mastering them. He is so good at staying calm. Andrew Klavan has been podcasting and writing recently about how elements of the Left are trying to silence debate with epithets. She throws them all at him and he never flinches once. He never gets upset. He just waits for her to stop speaking and responds with truth.

There are some great moments throughout, but at just about 22:30 he does an amazing bit of jujitsu, forcing her to all but admit the evidence of her being there is proof of everything he’s been saying that she spends the entire interview refuting. It’s brilliant!

Winter In The Land of the Rising Sun

If you’re one of those people who enjoys the beauty of winter scenery, you probably couldn’t find a better travel destination than Shirakawa-go, a small village nestled in the mountains of Japan that happens to be one of the snowiest places on Earth. From The Smithsonian:

The picturesque mountain village of Shirakawa-go — which literally translates as “White River Village” — has recorded an average of 415 inches (that’s about 35 feet) of snowfall every year, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. The town has become famous for its winter nighttime illuminations of its historic houses covered in snow.

The UNESCO World Heritage village developed in relative isolation, as it’s surrounded by mountains on all sides.

Because of its solitary location, inhabitants developed a unique style of architecture that still exists in 114 huts.

The thatched-roof huts were specifically designed to withstand heavy amounts of snowfall and some date back more than 250 years.

Just seeing the pictures makes me yearn for a plane ticket and a mug of hot chocolate.

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Wednesday Open Thread


Ready for a new semester…

This Afternoon’s Broadcast is brought to you by…

Boston.

The Real History Of The GOP

In the latest from Prager U, Carol Swain effieciently and brilliantly gives us the history lesson that the Democrats desperately don’t want Americans to get. I wish I could have this played at every public school in the country, so that the next generation of kids learn what their history teachers won’t tell them.

Blue State Blues - Poverty and Exodus

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The Census Bureau’s Supplementary Poverty Measure, which measures the poorest states in the country (and includes the cost of housing, food etc. in its calculations) has released its new list, and guess which state is the poorest one in America? Some deep south, backwoods red state? Nope. It’s California, the bluest of the blue states. A new article in the LA Times (which was taken down before I could post this, apparently for violating Groupthink) investigates why this is the case, especially given that California has experienced modest economic growth.

It certainly isn’t for a lack of taxpayer spending or government programs to work on the problem; as the author puts it, “California Democrats have long been free to indulge blue-state ideology while paying little or no political price.”

It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.

The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.

So if California liberals in power can do whatever they want to fight poverty, then why did they end up with the poorest state in the Union? Well, their inability to actually implement the Clinton-Gingrich welfare reform policies were certainly a big factor:

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, some states — principally Wisconsin, Michigan, and Virginia — initiated welfare reform, as did the federal government under President Clinton and a Republican Congress. Tied together by a common thread of strong work requirements, these overhauls were a big success: Welfare rolls plummeted and millions of former aid recipients entered the labor force.

The state and local bureaucracies that implement California’s antipoverty programs, however, resisted pro-work reforms. In fact, California recipients of state aid receive a disproportionately large share of it in no-strings-attached cash disbursements. It’s as though welfare reform passed California by, leaving a dependency trap in place. Immigrants are falling into it: 55% of immigrant families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits, compared with just 30% of natives.

To put it simply, massive welfare-state bureaucracies who need bloated budget to justify their existence, aided and abetted by Democrats more than willing to bribe people with taxpayer money in return for votes, create a massive system where statewide poverty is subsidized and encouraged.

The shortage of affordable housing and high energy costs are also major factors, and are the unintended result of bad liberal policies:

The California Environmental Quality Act, passed in 1971, is one example; it can add $1 million to the cost of completing a housing development, says Todd Williams, an Oakland attorney who chairs the Wendel Rosen Black & Dean land-use group. CEQA costs have been known to shut down entire homebuilding projects. CEQA reform would help increase housing supply, but there’s no real movement to change the law.

Extensive environmental regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions make energy more expensive, also hurting the poor. By some estimates, California energy costs are as much as 50% higher than the national average. Jonathan A. Lesser of Continental Economics, author of a 2015 Manhattan Institute study, “Less Carbon, Higher Prices,” found that “in 2012, nearly 1 million California households faced … energy expenditures exceeding 10% of household income. In certain California counties, the rate of energy poverty was as high as 15% of all households.”

And that’s just for starters. Insanely high taxes and costly regulations on working people and their businesses; overspending on unnecessary public transportation projects; citizen-funded goodies for illegal immigrants; job-destroying increases in the minimum wage; statewide cap-and-trade. All state government policies that destroy jobs or make life more expensive for regular working Californians. Taking all of these factors into account, it’s no wonder California is such a poor state. Not that the Sacramento bureaucrats or limousine liberals in LA or San Francisco have noticed. They still live quite well, and probably always will.

But that’s just one state. How are the rest of the blue states faring? Well, new data has been released showing which states the most people moved out of in 2017, and guess what?

Illinois, New Jersey, and New York were the top states in the nation for outbound moves in 2017, according to data from United Van Lines.

United Van Lines, which tracks state-to-state migration patterns, found that Illinois was the top state for outbound migration with 63 percent of moves going out of state.

“The Northeast continues to experience a moving deficit with New Jersey (63 percent outbound), New York (61 percent) and Connecticut (57 percent) making the list of top outbound states for the third consecutive year,” the report states. “Massachusetts (56 percent) also joined the top outbound list this year.”

To be fair, there are also some Midwestern states lower on the list, like Kansas and Ohio, which suggests a nationwide trend toward warmer climes (and indeed, most of the states on the top ten most inbound list are southern, sun belt, or western states with more tax relief). But if blue state policies made those states more livable and desirable, they would be slowing down outward migration, rather than speeding it up, which is clearly what is happening, given that 5 out of the top 6 most-fled states are deep blue ones.

So why is it that, in a time of great American prosperity, the most liberal states are the poorest, most difficult to live in, and most commonly fled? Those on the Left who claim to be concerned about income inequality might want to take a good, hard look at the leaders and policies they support, and they will find the answer.

Tuesday Open Thread 

Jet lag is awful