Meow Mix sent us a link to the AEI’s summary of the latest annual CBO report on“The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes.” It tells us what we pretty much already know, that the top income earners in the country pay a shit-ton in taxes. Look at their fancy chart:
It’s that time of year again. The time when liberals collectively remind us with tweets from their iPhones that they are above petty consumerism and that employing a mere 6,000 out of 2.2 million workers at minimum wage (a policy which they’re phasing out) is tantamount to slavery. Many of them cheered when the UFCW and AFL-CIO operated OUR Wal-Mart union announced plans to strike at every one of Wal-Mart’s 1600 locations (there were no strikers at either of mine). The #RaiseTheWage and #FightFor15 crowds are calling this year’s strikes “the most successful ever”.
So how many went on strike? According to the OUR Walmart union approximately 1,500 workers nationwide went on strike for Black Friday.
That’s 0.006% of their retail associates. No, that’s not a typo. Zero point zero zero six percent. Less than one per store.
Meanwhile, at the opening of a new Wal-Mart in Kansas recently more than 10,000 people applied for 300 jobs.
Clearly, Americans hate Wal-Mart.
Okay, something has been burning on my mind since about 2011 when Occupy Wall Street started telling the world that they were getting robbed by BANKSTERS.
It’s this zero-sum notion that if Wall Street is surging, it can only mean that poor dindus ain’t gettin nuff money for dem programs and grandma’s 401K got looted.
Earlier this month I wrote an article to noted edgytarian Christopher Cantwell. In it I offered my post-ancap perspective on his supposed intellectual tension regarding the use of force. Turns out he just wanted to be okay with shooting chicks in his mind; in retrospect, I should have done more research prior to publishing that article.
Chris responded the next day, circling his wagons around the Non-Aggression Principle and shutting down my arguments in a very ham-fisted manner.
Unsure how to respond I choose to lurk at both Cantwell’s website and the “Libertarian Brutalist” (NSFW) facebook group he moderates. I bore witness as Cantwell cheered for Borque, as he cheered over some other dead cops. Recently, I watched Chris fume after Cop Block washed their hands of him in response to his writings (Cop Block article here).
Reactionary circles tend to reserve a lot of venom for the Libertarian crowd, much of it well deserved when one considers the autistic neckbearded insanity of many acolytes of the NAP and Saint Rothbard. You could misspend several hours cataloging Libertarian misadventures on the subject of legal age of consent, child abandonment or who meets the criteria for moral personhood. In general though, the Libertarian position does have a few things going for it compared to the typical American political non-options.
Many harsh criticisms have been made on this site, by myself and others, of the more autistic, neckbeardy and fedoraish strains of Libertarianism. Bulbasaur in particular has gained a reputation for pouring vitriol and contempt down on Libertarianism and its bastard stepchildren, Voluntaryism and Anarcho-capitalism. I have tried to take a more moderate approach, but have not always been exactly charitable. This may have seemed like hate to many of you. The words may have stung. Some buttcheeks may have gotten red, chapped or perhaps a bit numb and tingly over the whole affair. (You know who you are.) But Let me assure you dear readers, this was not done out of hatred or anger. At least not entirely. We did it because because we cared. It was tough love. In contrast I am now offering my apology for Libertarianism.
It seems that some jimjams have been flimflammed and a media kerfuffle has arisen over a rather banal and saccharine
Dildo Super Bowl advertisement put out by the Coca-Cola corporation. The ad depicts various individuals and groups of endearing, non-threatening, SWPL-approved minorities signing “America the Beautiful” in various global (non-English) languages.
At first glance one that has trained his mind in the art of spotting the progressive narrative cannot help but feel a minor trembling in the ol’ Johnathans. On second glance one wonders why one is glancing at this cloying, hackneyed rubbish a second time. Whether the average
Dildo Super Bowl viewer was able to pick up on the not-so subtle cultural Marxist messaging here, or whether his mind was already too numb and broken from the unrelenting dildo bludgeoning it had been receiving all evening, I can’t say. I can’t read minds, nor can I relate to the mindset of a Dildo Super Bowl viewer.
Unlike other systems, under capitalism people are free to create value as they see it. Individuals get to decide for themselves what they value, then pursue those values to the best of their ability. This has long been the traditional American viewpoint; that we should be free to pursue and create value as we define it, as long as we don’t infringe on the rights of others. This is the true heart of American conservatism and core to modern libertarianism. – Rob Bryan (Libertywithoutapologies)
“This more delusive, not the touch, but taste
Deceived; they, fondly thinking to allay
Their appetite with gust, instead of fruit
Chewed bitter ashes, which the offended taste
With spattering noise rejected.”
The most insidious meme of consumer capitalism is the pernicious idea that you, the individual, deserve only the best and should never settle for anything. This ignoble lie has been repeated so many times that the infectious canker of it has infested every last form of human enterprise and interaction. Not content to merely infantilize adults into mindless consumers of the latest and most novel “products,” the rot has subsumed their very perceptions of one another. Human relationships have now become commodities, driven by the same childish hedonistic impulse so carefully cultivated by a capitalist system predicated on mass consumption.