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February 13, 2018: A reply by Ronn Neff to a reader of The coming tyranny.Posted February 23, 2018.
If the cops can't do it, no one can. Certain anti-gunowner folk are summoning the gall to, er, argue that since the deputy on duty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School failed to defend the unarmed people in the school, no one can be expected to undertake an armed defense against armed aggression. I just saw a long Facebook post detailing past instances of cop incompetence with firearms, seeking to undermine President Trump's notion about arming teachers, who surely would be more incompetent than the cops. Here's a piece in Deadline Hollywood that uses the deputy's inaction to claim that defense against aggression is futile. And here's Chris Cillizza's version of the same leftist tune, at CNN. (For Cillizza, "doesn't always" apparently has the same argumentative power as "never.")
The leftists' premise seems to be that since guns are BAD, only BAD people can succeed in using them. One implication might be that if cops are GOOD, then they might as well be disarmed. However, in most other contexts leftists seem to believe that cops are BAD, even though they are the left-totalitarian regime's first line of enforcement and defense. In fact, some variety of armed cops would have to carry out any gun confiscation and prohibition. The Party line is very confusing, as we might expect it to be, since it doesn't depend on actual thinking.
One may notice that, as usual, the leftists are ignoring the blizzard of examples of righteously armed people successfully defending themselves, their loved ones, and their property against attackers who were armed or physically stronger.
In any case, arming (and training) teachers isn't the only possibility for anti-Left people to consider. How about private professional security, dependent on operational success in order to survive in a competitive market? That very solution would prevail, no doubt, if school and state were separated.
The leftists' incompetent-cop argument makes as much sense as a claim that if Stalinist agriculture was a disaster, then free-market agriculture must be a disaster, too. And if Venezuelan supermarket shelves are empty, then American supermarket shelves must be empty, too ooops! It ain't so. [Nicholas Strakon] Ω
The Russia mania. It's unlikely that Russia will go communist again, and it's just a shame. Our liberal conspiratorialists would quiet down immediately. Getting the neocons out of our face, though that's a tougher proposition. [NS] Ω
Posted February 20, 2018.
Quotation of the Day. In the New York Times, February 17: "This kid exhibited every single known red flag, from killing animals to having a cache of weapons to disruptive behavior to saying he wanted to be a school shooter. If this isn't a person who should have gotten someone's attention, I don't know who is. This was a multi-system failure." That's a quote from Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender, whose office is representing Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the mass shooting last Wednesday at a Florida high school.
Hard to know what Finkelstein is getting at here, except maybe that his client is innocent because he should have been locked up before he murdered people. Or something like that.
Of course, we all know Nikolas Cruz is just a victim of the system and should get a disability pension, not jail time. Wouldn't be surprised to find out that his actions were a consequence of 1) racism, 2) prejudice against weirdos, 3) gender bias, or 4) economic inequality. Or all four. What the authorities need to do is identify which member of the establishment "triggered" such behavior in the first place. Most likely somebody in the White House. [Edward Morrison Morley] Ω
Posted February 13, 2018.
A valentine for America: Forget all the politics about the portraits of Obama and the missus. And the anti-white hate speech of the president's artist. Just forget all that. One fact about the two portraits.
They are cheap-looking and cartoonishly ridiculous. On the other hand, America deserves nothing better. [Ronn Neff] Ω
Further reading: "Affirmative-Action Portraits," by
Gregory Hood, American Renaissance,
Posted February 6, 2018.
Even libertarians don't get it: When we say we are against, say, rap "music," we do not mean we want the state to get involved in it one way or the other. What we mean is that we want the people to reject it and with their free decisions make it less ubiquitous. We don't want a rap culture, and we want our fellow citizens, with their own decisions, to protect the country from having one.
When we say we are against Third World immigration, open-borders libertarians think we favor government control of immigration. They seem to think that every "for" or "against" has to involve the state.
That is not what we think. We do not mean we want the state to get involved in it one way or the other. What we mean is that we want the people to reject it and with their free decisions make it less ubiquitous. We don't want a Third World culture, and we want our fellow citizens, with their own decisions, to protect the country from having one. [Ronn Neff] Ω
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Permanently recommended readings
"What Is Austrian Economics?" (Mises Institute)
"I, Pencil," by Leonard E. Read (Liberty Fund;
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"The Epistemological Basis of Anarchism,"
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"Polite totalitarianism," by Ronald N. Neff (TLD)
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