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If I Can Fake It There, I’ll Fake It Anywhere

December 14th, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Personally I’ve never understood why The Bell Curve‘s conclusions are problematic. “Equality” is not the same as identicality. Differences between human groups are not fundamental and variations between them are to be accepted. It’s a wash in the end.  But even if you wished to erase all differences between people, there is no more dangerous ground to begin upon than the untruth.

Leaving aside the question of whether this applies to race, Glazer’s objection certainly applies to the liberal enterprise in general. Reality is cold; it is full of unwelcome news. People are always dying of cancer; or don’t have enough money to pay for everything they want; or wake up to read that China has landed a probe on the moon. Stuff happens and to solve it requires competence. To pretend to solve problems using only a teleprompter requires a big slug of illusion.  Did they think illusion was free?

If self-deception were free it would be easy.  Glazer’s argument that it was better not to know the truth was of course anticipated by Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor, the fable of tyranny as heroic fantasy. In that story the merciless old Inquisitor is outraged to find that Christ has really returned to earth, but he finds that Christ’s message of freedom and voluntarily love will disarrange the obscurantism they have so successfully sold the low-information faithful. And so he has Christ clapped in irons for the crime of telling the truth. The Inquisitor

follows “the wise spirit, the dread spirit of death and destruction”, i.e. the Devil, Satan. He says: “We are not with Thee, but with him, and that is our secret! For centuries have we abandoned Thee to follow him”. For he, through compulsion, provided the tools to end all human suffering and for humanity to unite under the banner of the Church. The multitude then is guided through the Church by the few who are strong enough to take on the burden of freedom. The Inquisitor says that under him, all mankind will live and die happily in ignorance. Though he leads them only to “death and destruction”, they will be happy along the way. The Inquisitor will be a self-martyr, spending his life to keep choice from humanity. He states that “anyone who can appease a man’s conscience can take his freedom away from him”.

And so it is with us moderns. Obamacare will never work on an actuarial basis. It replaces a bankrupt set of programs like Medicaid, with its bankrupt self. But at least we can fool ourselves into thinking it actually does something.

The only difference between the Grand Inquisitor and modern liberalism is that the Inquisitor knows the bill will come. Not just in this life, but possibly also in the next from the Wise Spirit.  From the things that don’t exist according to the liberal creed which purposely defines them out of existence, the better not to think about it. Modern liberals claim they would have voted for Romney had they but known the truth.

But they always knew the truth.  And now the truth is here, so pay up.


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"The United States of America is based on an untruth, a myth, that “all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.”"

Untrue. The actual myth is that the founding fathers ever meant that interpretation. The English of that time made that same interpretation and criticism when they read the Declaration of Independence. That men are born with unequal talent and fortuitous circumstance, even the most moronic have always realized. To imagine that men of such exalted character did not realize the same is ludicrous. What Jefferson et al meant was that, all men are created equal in value in the eyes of the creator, that we are all loved and valued equally and endowed with the same inalienable rights by our creator. Jefferson and those who signed the declaration considered that implication in "all men are created equal" to be obvious, another 'self-evident truth'. One that Christ had made abundantly clear.

And whether Christian or Deist or Agnostic, the view that Christ had reached a deeper understanding of all that is good was virtually a unanimous view.
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Obamacare was forced on the majority of the country by trickery, lies, and violations of law and the Constitution. More than a touch of corruption of legislators and the courts took place. And the contempt, and hatred by the Left against those of us knew what would happen, destroys ANY sympathy I might have for these people.

I blatantly wish medical catastrophe on these people. Either without insurance, or with the worthless Obamacare insurance. I hope that it attacks their livelihoods the way it affects those of us in the non-elite areas they detest. I hope NHS levels of care is all they can get.

As you have sown, so shall you reap.

Subotai Bahadur
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Yep, a few years back I read a piece that said that various art charities and foundations were finding that cutbacks in things like military spending were drastically reducing their contributions.

It’s fine to say we should spend less on defense and more on opera and English drawing room plays that no one watches, but when you slash the budget and Lockheed Martin gets less money they quit sending so much funds to highbrow charities.

In NYC, Bloomberg even realized that. When the State of NY wanted to hike taxes on the rich, he would respond, “Good heavens, no! Who do you think is paying for everything now? If any more of them leave, we’re screwed!” The new communist mayor does not.
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Several years ago I dropped my subscription to PJTV because they were too far Left for me. Here is an example. Re "canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it."

I have no love for the Left. Nor do I care what happens to them - hopefully we will be rid of them. In no case is this an excuse for lying.

Here is the truth - they won't find it.

Here is why.

One can argue incessantly the differences in coverage between two policies. The one a person had before Obamacare and the closest one they will have to take to be comparable.

But there is another issue here. Before Obamacare if a person had a health plan, if the coverage included something the doctor - with your agreement - ordered it was done. There were no authorities between your plan, yourself and your doctor.

Whatever on paper similarities might exist between what your plan was and the closest Obamacare plan - not only is the difference more money but a more significant difference is the stated coverage on the Obamacare policy might well - indeed will be- on paper only.

Obamacare has written into it so many rationing areas where agencies, panels, commissions and committees will review coverage requests and will veto or not veto the request, that there is no way without knowing what these policies are and what decisions will be and what the mission and purpose of each committee, or panel or commission is and will be - that a person can say if a Obamacare policy is comparable to their pre-Obamacare policy.




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I still can't read past the "Professionals, artists and intellectuals in New York City" = "cultural elite". Without commenting first, that is.

Do they hand out the elite labels like food stamps?
31 weeks ago
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Well I was NY photographer once, and young. And a Liberal Democrat. I would not have seen it coming back then because I believed government was there to solve problems and that it almost ALWAYS had the ability to do so. So I think these young professionals mostly didn't see it coming - not even in their heart of hearts. Anymore than Hitler Youth of Stalin's Pioneers saw reality coming.
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With all due respect, I think today's NY liberals, university/silicon valley self-anointed elites, west coast/Hollywood types, etc...spout the CREDO as a de rigueur fashion statement of their respective elements, and whether or not big government has ever efficaciously solved any problem at all doesn't figure into their (so called) loyalties.

At least that has been my (brief) experience engaging any of them in conversation on either coast.

As wise, more highly evolved, superior beings, they may be genuinely shocked that any of this could become up close and personal, never imagining they themselves might be bushwhacked by the unaffordable care act.
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The error these people made is the groups they belong to didn't grease Dems and Obama's reelect committees enough or at all to receive the coveted waiver unions and others have gotten. Ya gotta pay to play dummies. "We're the right kind of people, Obama's people". Schadenfreude!
31 weeks ago
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It looks to me like Obama is playing the Knockout Game and is using the effects of Obamacare to score the K.O.
31 weeks ago
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“I’m for it,” she said. “But what is the reality of it?”

Almost the perfect expression of the Democratic Party worldview that gave us this turkey.

Congress.

31 weeks ago
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"I'm for it, so long as the other fellow pays for it."

Alas, as Margaret Thatcher noted, eventually, socialists do run out of other people's money.
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Or as an old German saying goes:
"You have to be able to afford socialism"
Socialism: Wanna buy champaign with beer money
Of course, when you export all your manufacturing jobs to China all you're left with is beer money , sorry , 'chump money'.
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I've always read that "created equal" phrase as meaning all were endowed with the same inalienable rights - not that they were all equally intelligent or equally capable in all endeavors.

Why some would argue that the meaning of that phrase is otherwise is astonishing - at least to me.
31 weeks ago
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The only ones who would argue it are those demonstrably not equally intelligent.
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Sometimes the stupid party is smarter than folks think. The Ryan plan is "let it burn". The Cruz plan is "shout from the mountains that we are trying to stop it". Together the result is this: (a) it will burn and (b) the Republicans will be able to point to their record of many, many times trying to stop it. Therefore no matter how the Dems and the MSM try and pin any blame on the Pubs they will fail. All the blame will land on the Dems. All of it. And the people in pain (the entire middle class) will respond by voting against the Dems.
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"...Christ clapped in irons for the crime of telling the truth..."

What the leftist traitors in America and all of their minions, the administration spokespeople and its many enablers throughout the media, do relentlessly, day in and day out, to the American mind.

The Inquisitor

"...follows “the wise spirit, the dread spirit of death and destruction”, i.e. the Devil, Satan. He says: “We are not with Thee, but with him, and that is our secret! For centuries have we abandoned Thee to follow him”.

In our case, freedom, independence of spirit, personal initiative and responsibility are targeted for destruction from Mr. YDBT (you didn't build that) and his army of sycophants, acolytes & useful idiots.
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I always viewed the YDBT message as a message within a message ... to the cronies that succeeded by bedding with their government sponsors. IOW the government giveth and the government can taketh away.
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