Glenn Loury & Cornel West on religion, liberty, freedom, race, capitalism, socialism, and how it’s all intertwined

This one hour conversation is so rich in thought and philosophy on life, the American experiment, the black experience in America, importance of religion, importance of liberty and personal responsibility, and how all these things come together and are related. I need to watch it again to grasp everything that was said.

Nothing is solved but all is laid to bare.


Chinese mom chastises Virginia schools over Critical Race Theory

The history of socialism and communism is no longer taught in public schools. They ignore the facts that millions of people died because of these ideologies that paint a utopian picture. A Chinese woman who lived under Chinese Communist rule understands the parallels between the Communist Cultural Revolution and the current push in the United States to indoctrinate our children with Critical Race Theory. She lets a school board in Virginia have it.

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“Equity” is inherently less than “Equal”

What ever happened to the old saying, “Two wrongs don’t make a right”? That’s what the Biden Administration and Progressive Democrats are bringing you. They’ve found a word to replace the phrase, “social justice” and that is “Equity”. The problem is they’ve altered its meaning to fit their agenda.

There is a subtle difference between equity and equal. For equity to exist you sometimes have to discriminate against one to favor another. For example, let’s say you’re involved in a project. The idea is yours but your partner provided most of the labor. The project can’t be sold without the both of you but the amount of work not equal. Let’s say the idea was genius and the labor to get it done was not unique or highly specialized. Or the idea is not all that unique but the labor is unique and highly specialized. What is the equitable split of the proceeds? An equal split is 50/50. But equitable? Equity could be 70/30 for one or the other depending on the value they brought to the project.

It is therefore the policy of my Administration that the Federal Government should pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.  Affirmatively advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity is the responsibility of the whole of our Government.  Because advancing equity requires a systematic approach to embedding fairness in decision-making processes, executive departments and agencies (agencies) must recognize and work to redress inequities in their policies and programs that serve as barriers to equal opportunity.

President Biden Executive Order January 20, 2021

How about opportunity. Should we have equitable opportunities or equality of opportunity? Equitable opportunities will create preferences of one over another based on some criteria people compile. Equality of opportunity means the opportunity is open to all regardless of criteria. Two people compete for a job. How do you make it equitable for the company hiring if they must choose one over the other even if that person is less qualified. If the company had the freedom to choose they would have chosen another. What if because of the lack of qualification the employee suffers frustration and lack of growth because they don’t know what they’re doing? What if the company suffers losses because now they are paying for labor that doesn’t fit.

Equity as it’s being used today is a weapon. It’s being used to hold some people down because they may have some real or perceived advantage over others. That might be great in a utopian society where human nature is removed. But it is unworkable in real life and only results in the subjugation of all in the end.

We used to live by the concept of equal under the law. The law was meant to be blind. Does it always work? Obviously not because the law is administered by flawed human beings. But it is more fair than equity under the law. Equity under the law will be administered by the same flawed humans except they will now be empowered to discriminate and favor the groups they believe deserve special treatment.

Instead of making their case openly and honestly, advocates of equity twist and turn to avoid revealing their radical goal of re-engineering society through coercion. If the results fall short, as they inevitably would, the remedy is obvious: more money, more rules and more indoctrination. Why not tell us who will receive these special benefits and for how long? At whose expense? Who will administer these programs? Who will judge whether the outcomes are fair enough? When will it all end?

Since the ultimate goal is achieving equal outcomes, these evasions raise the hardest question of all. Isn’t equity just a new brand name for the oldest program of achieving equal outcomes? Its name is socialism.

Wall Street Journal

The concept of equal under the law is far superior to any application of equity by flawed humans.


A vote for Joe Biden is a vote against the USA

I don’t agree with Joe Biden’s politics or policies. I always found him an affable man but one that is largely full of shit. You can say the exact same thing about President Trump without the affable part. But the difference between the two, and it is a giant difference, is that Joe Biden obviously no longer has the capacity to be a functioning politician let alone president. He’s become a willing, or unwilling, dupe in order to get elected.

On July 28 2020, Biden gave a speech that launches his campaign slogan “Build Back Better.” Yes, it’s a lame slogan, but it’s also taken from the far left pushers of the “Green New Deal.” Putting this part aside for the moment just watch the first few minutes of Biden’s speech. He tries to joke about is age and diminishing faculties but it really comes off as making him look feeble and suffering from mild dementia.

Now on to his slogan. Here is a video uploaded to YouTube on June 17, 2020, under the TEDx moniker, from Professor John Barry. Mr. Barry is a professor of Green Political Economy and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queens University Belfast. What a mouthful of gobbledygook. In this video he talks about killing off capitalism, pushes his socialist agenda, and yes, he talks about “Build Back Better.”

A vote for Joe Biden is a vote against everything the United States stands for. The United States is not for equality of outcomes it is for equality of opportunity. State management of human lives has failed every time it has been tried.

A vote for Joe Biden is also a vote for someone who no longer has the mental capacity to be president. You’re voting ideology over country.


Letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune

I just fired off this letter to the editor. Hopefully it gets printed and people don’t try to string me up for having lack of compassion for my fellow man. I just think that everything the American people and the federal government are doing is far in excess of what was required. Here is the letter.

Just about every step the federal government and the American people have taken to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak has been an unnecessary over reaction and will be more damaging to a greater number of people than those steps are meant to protect. Furthermore, the rush to cast aside free market principals in favor of central government control is disturbing in the speed in which it’s taking place as well as in the lack of resistance from the public and across well known pundits.

From all the reporting to date, about 80% of people that get infected experience little to mild symptoms. So mild in many cases that they don’t even know they have it. 15% get more serious symptoms that are the equivalent of a bad flu. The remaining 5% may need hospitalization but less than half of that are serious enough where they may die. The high risk group are those over 60 and those with compromised immune systems.

The advice for the majority of the population to stop their lives and hide will not do anything to stop the virus. In fact, this behavior may only stretch it out over a longer period of time. The proper advice is to have those in high risk groups take necessary precautions to protect themselves. 

Unless there is more than the public is being told with this virus it does not appear to be lethal enough for the government to shut down the US economy. I don’t want people to die. But I also don’t want to see businesses die and lives destroyed all across the country. Lives that otherwise would not have been tremendously affected by this virus. Instead of concentrating the response where it needs to be we’re spreading out the misery across all sectors of life. 

Our panic reaction is like amputating both legs in order to stop gangrene on one foot from advancing to the rest of the body. Will it fix the problem? Yes, but at what cost?


We’re watching a live experiment in socialism versus capitalism

Toilet paper, paper towels, and hand sanitizer for some stupid reason are being bought up like tomorrow will never come. In a socialist society supply can’t meet demand because government controls the means of production and prices. In this case the government, in cahoots with large corporations, is applying implied price control and are also controlling the rate of consumption. What is the result? Shortages all across the country.

Some people saw an opportunity as soon as the nuttiness began to purchase large quantities of the goods that were being hoarded. The most prevalent example is this poor gentleman in Tennessee who saw an opportunity and tried to exploit it.

On March 1, the day after the first coronavirus death in the United States was announced, brothers Matt and Noah Colvin set out in a silver S.U.V. to pick up some hand sanitizer. Driving around Chattanooga, Tenn., they hit a Dollar Tree, then a Walmart, a Staples and a Home Depot. At each store, they cleaned out the shelves.

Over the next three days, Noah Colvin took a 1,300-mile road trip across Tennessee and into Kentucky, filling a U-Haul truck with thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer and thousands of packs of antibacterial wipes, mostly from “little hole-in-the-wall dollar stores in the backwoods,” his brother said. “The major metro areas were cleaned out.”

Matt Colvin stayed home near Chattanooga, preparing for pallets of even more wipes and sanitizer he had ordered, and starting to list them on Amazon. Mr. Colvin said he had posted 300 bottles of hand sanitizer and immediately sold them all for between $8 and $70 each, multiples higher than what he had bought them for. To him, “it was crazy money.” To many others, it was profiteering from a pandemic.

New York Times

Amazon and EBay discovered what he was doing and suspended his account thereby cutting him off from their customers. Who benefits from this? Amazon? EBay? Matt Colvin? The public that wants the products Mr. Colvin has in inventory? The answer is NO ONE. The products sit there on shelves instead of benefiting anyone.

Granted the government did not force Amazon or EBay to take the actions they did. Instead they took pre-emptive action before the public pressured government to step in accusing the companies of gouging.

The public is poorly educated on how markets should work and the simple laws of supply, demand, and scarcity. What should have happened once retailers noticed that people were hoarding certain products is to immediately start raising prices. The act of raising prices ensures that people only buy what they need. Thereby leaving more product available for everyone. That’s why stores are full of more products than we can buy in normal times.

But, because prices were held low and limits were placed on the number of items allowed for purchase items sold out all over the country. There was nothing stopping multiple people from one family to come into a store and purchase their limit. If you had the funds you could make the purchase. The most ludicrous example is the run on toilet paper. It’s difficult to explain the brainless action of hoarding toilet paper.

Anti-gouging sentiment only benefits the rich. They are the ones that can easily go out and purchase more than what they need leaving nothing left for people with fewer means. Imagine if a pack of toilet paper skyrocketed to $60.00. How many packs would people then buy? At least there would be product left on the shelf for the next guy with a dirty ass.

The basic lesson is that if you control prices and they are held artificially low due to government decree or anti-gouging pressure we end up with shortages where if prices were allowed to float there would be plenty of ass wipes purchase in the store rather than ass-wipes buying them up and keep them at home.


When will idea of Socialism finally die?

Younger generations in the US keep favoring “Socialism” even though they have no real idea what it is or what it does to a society. The history of Socialism and Communism are not properly taught in schools today and instead children are being softly propagandized of the benefits of a utopian socialist society. It doesn’t exist and never has. Every place this ideology has been tried it has failed and failed miserably. It has killed more people than all the world wars combined.

Here is a personal perspective from a former Venezuelan who watched his country and his father die due to this invalid ideology.

Since the election of Chávez in 1998, the government has removed eight zeros from the constantly inflating currency and twice changed its name. It is expected that in 2020 there will be still another currency with even more zeros lopped off—with one new currency unit equaling hundreds of billions of old bolívars since Chavism started. The International Monetary Fund has indicated that inflation could be anywhere between 1 million and 10 million percent by the end of 2019, but it’s hard to know for sure since the government has stopped bothering to publish many basic economic indicators.

Venezuela now has the lowest average minimum salary in the world: just $2 a month, one-tenth the figure for impoverished Cuba. There are general shortages of almost everything, including gasoline, despite the fact that Venezuela has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. The water and electric systems are collapsing: Major national blackouts started in early 2019, with some parts of the country going dark for weeks. Telephone and internet services fail constantly, due to the electrical disruptions and a lack of system updates. Most patients who require cancer treatments or dialysis are just dying. Our former “capital of Heaven” now has no gas, no light, no food, no water, no jobs, no money, no medicine, and no hope.

It’s no wonder people are leaving. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that more than 4.3 million people, or around 14 percent of the population, have fled Venezuela, and the total could pass 5 million by 2020. This kind of massive refugee crisis is a first in the Americas, and it’s creating serious regional problems. The number of murders has grown from 5,000 a year before Chávez to around 25,000 today, though the government has stopped publishing those figures, too. That’s about a half-million murders—a whole city dead—since the advent of Chavism.